Here are the forward lines and defense pairings from the on-ice session:
|Wednesday, October 13
11:30 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|
|85 - Mathieu Perreault||13 - Cedric Paquette||62 - Artturi Lehkonen|
|24 - Adam Brooks||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|
After being claimed off waivers from Toronto on Monday, newcomer Adam Brooks practiced with the rest of the group.
The 25-year-old center won't be in the lineup against his former team, though.
The atmosphere at Scotiabank Arena should be off the charts with a full house in attendance for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Burlington, ON native Josh Anderson always gets up for games against his hometown team, especially tonight with so much extra electricity in the air.
"When you have a lot more fans in the building, and that excitement of them being away from the game for so long, and obviously them getting a little taste of it last year in the playoffs, but to have a full, packed house tonight, it's going to be exciting," said Anderson. "It's going to be an energy rush for both teams tonight, too, because we haven't seen that in a while, so I think everyone's looking forward to getting things started."
The 27-year-old right-winger fully expects a competitive and feisty affair.
He knows players still on the Maple Leafs' roster from last season's postseason series between the two clubs haven't forgotten the way things ultimately ended.
"I'm sure there are going to be a lot of mixed emotions. Anytime you play a team in the playoffs, and one team beats the other, there's going to be high expectations and the game's going to be full of energy, physical, and there are going to be a lot of scoring chances," explained Anderson. "Then again, with people in the building, it's going to be exciting, so you should get a good game from both teams tonight."
One step at a time
After practice, Brooks spent some extra time on the ice.
At this point, it isn't clear when he'll make his Canadiens debut.
"It's nice to see him here. He's going to join the group gradually. Obviously, he missed camp," said head coach Dominique Ducharme. "We want to make sure that he knows everything that we're doing, and then from there, we'll see."
The Winnipeg native, who has 18 games of NHL experience, has split time between the Maple Leafs and Toronto Marlies (AHL) over the last two seasons.
Ryan and the Rocket
Just over an hour before the skate, the Canadiens announced that forward Ryan Poehling had been assigned to the AHL's Laval Rocket.
During his pregame press conference, Ducharme was asked to comment on the move.
"There were opportunities for certain players. I think he would've said himself that he could've done more [at training camp]," mentioned the Habs' bench boss. "But at the same time, things change so quickly in hockey that if he gets off to a good start there, you never know what can happen."
In other words, the former first-round selection could get another opportunity with the big club in the near future.
Source : https://www.nhl.com/canadiens/news/pregame-lines-defense-pairings-and-updates---october-13/c-3267833721121