Here are the forward lines and defense pairings from the on-ice session:
|Tuesday, October 12
10:30 a.m. practice
|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|
|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.
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."
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."
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-326753404912