It was a good news, bad news situation report from Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien after practice today.
We’ll start with the bad news. After re-injuring his knee, Alex Galchenyuk is out until at least the weekend. He did skate by himself before the team’s practice today.
Galchenyuk won't be back before the weekend...— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) January 30, 2017
On the other side of things, David Desharnais will be back. Desharnais skated with Andrew Shaw and Sven Andrighetto at practice today and will likely line up there against the Buffalo Sabres tomorrow night.
For his part, Andrei Markov is still a game-time decision. With Markov the Canadiens have seven defencemen, including newcomer Nikita Nesterov. Nesterov will be making his Habs debut.
David Desharnais is back. Markov is a game-time decision.— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) January 30, 2017
Therrien says they'll decide in the morning on Markov. Pateryn not playing. Nesterov in.— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) January 30, 2017
And, not surprising, but Carey Price will get the start for the Canadiens in their first game back after the All-Star break.
Price is in tomorrow vs. Sabres.— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) January 30, 2017
At practice today, Jacob de la Rose ended up being the extra forward at practice, and it wouldn’t be surprising if he was the one to sit out with Desharnais returning.
#Habs practice lines:— John Lu (@JohnLuTSNMtl) January 30, 2017
Pacioretty - Danault - Radulov
Lehkonen - Plekanec - Byron
De la Rose