With Max Pacioretty's recent injury, Michel Therrien was forced to modify his lines at practice today. Interestingly, he actually shifted David Desharnais to the wing, and placed Lars Eller down the middle.
Bournival is skating with Gallagher and Galchenyuk today, while Eller is skating with Desharnais and Parenteau. #GoHabsGo— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) December 19, 2014
Even though this could be considered a minor move, given that it's only one practice, it's an encouraging sign from Therrien. At the very least it can be seen as a break from tradition when it comes to Desharnais' use. There's no denying Desharnais is a skilled player, and a move to the wing may very well be for the best when it comes rolling out the best centerman lineup possible.
Fortunately for the Canadiens, Desharnais has been playing quite well since he was separated from Pacioretty, and currently has four points in his last three games.
Other notes from practice:
-Michael Bournival took Max Pacioretty' spot on the top line, alongside Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk.
-Brandon Prust, Tomas Plekanec and Jiri Sekac formed the second line.
-Desharnais was practicing on the left wing, Parenteau on the right.
-Dale Weise and Manny Malhotra were the odd men out, since the Canadiens don't have enough healthy forwards to practice with four lines.
-Max Pacioretty did not practice, but he was in Brossard this morning.
-Alexei Emelin, Sergei Gonchar and P.K. Subban were given the day off.
-Given that Dustin Tokarski was returned to Hamilton, the Habs practiced with McGill goaltender Jacob Gervais-Chouinard.