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News & lines from today's Habs practice

We don't usually get an early look at Montreal's lines, but today we did.

Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

As per usual, the Canadiens will be rocking a brand new forward configuration this evening, against the Hurricanes. Here's how the forwards lined up during practice:

Max Pacioretty Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Alex Galchenyuk David Desharnais P-A Parenteau
Jacob de la Rose Lars Eller Devante Smith-Pelly
Brandon Prust Manny Malhotra Dale Weise

David Desharnais is off the top line, and Dale Weise is relegated to the fourth. Don't look now, but it seems as if we're starting to see some smart choices when it comes to the forward setup.

Andrei Markov P.K. Subban
Nathan Beaulieu Tom Gilbert
Alexei Emelin Greg Pateryn

You probably noticed that Jeff Petry is missing, and that's because he currently has the flu. Sergei Gonchar and Mike Weaver will be healthy scratches tonight. As expected, Carey Price will get the start versus the Hurricanes.

There's no guarantee these lines will last tonight, however it's encouraging to see some logical choices being made by the coach.

A stick tap goes out to John Lu, for the always excellent coverage he provides when it comes to the Habs.