Lines, Defense Pairings And Updates October 12

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Here are the forward lines and defense pairings from the on-ice session:

Tuesday, October 12

10:30 a.m. practice

LW C RW
73 - Tyler Toffoli 14 - Nick Suzuki 22 - Cole Caufield
92 - Jonathan Drouin 28 - Christian Dvorak 17 - Josh Anderson
40 - Joel Armia 71 - Jake Evans 11 - Brendan Gallagher
62 - Artturi Lehkonen 85 - Mathieu Perreault 13 - Cedric Paquette
  25 - Ryan Poehling 60 - Alex Belzile
LD RD G
77 - Brett Kulak 26 - Jeff Petry 34 - Jake Allen
8 - Ben Chiarot 58 - David Savard 35 - Sam Montembeault
27 - Alexander Romanov 20 - Chris Wideman  
15 - Sami Niku    

Before practice began, a couple of injured Habs did some rehab work.

Forward Paul Byron (hip) and defenseman Mattias Norlinder (lower-body) skated with sports science and performance director, Adam Douglas, and assistant athletic therapist, Matthew Romano.

The Canadiens also announced that forward Nick Suzuki signed an eight-year contract extension through the 2029-30 campaign.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Jusqu'en 2030 ���Until 2030.#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/zBQveEOfFA

After two standout seasons in the NHL, the 22-year-old London, ON native was ecstatic to sign on the dotted line.

"I love the city of Montreal, I love playing, I love being a Canadien, and to do that, hopefully for the next nine years, is something I'm really looking forward to," said Suzuki, shortly before the team's charter flight to Toronto. "It's huge for me and my family, and we're really happy that it all worked out."

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: .@nsuzuki_37 has something to tell you. ������#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/yb1ecA8Alm

With his long-term future set in stone, the young center is eager to build on his body of work to date.

"I just want to keep progressing. I feel like I've done a good job of that over my Junior career into the NHL, just getting better every year, trying to have a bigger role. I can still improve in a lot of different areas, so I think as a player, I'm still growing," mentioned Suzuki. "Management saw that and they committed to me for a long time. I couldn't be happier to be on this team and contribute as much as I can."

Head coach Dominique Ducharme is thrilled that Suzuki is here to stay.

"We believe in his development. We've already seen him take steps forward since he's been with us, and we also know what he can bring in the future," said Ducharme. "We believe he'll continue to grow as a player and a leader."

Video: Nick Suzuki on his contract extension

What's next?

The Canadiens open the regular season on Wednesday night against the Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET.

You can watch the game on Sportsnet and TVA Sports, and listen to all the action on TSN 690 and 98,5 fm.

Source : https://www.nhl.com/canadiens/news/lines-defense-pairings-and-updates---october-12/c-326753404

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