There are most likely new lines on the horizon for the Canadiens, and it comes out of necessity. Not only did they lose their best forward, they also immediately lost his replacement. Which means that Michel Therrien’s hand is forced, and he has to get creative with his lineup.
First off, in an almost comedic scenario, the Canadiens may have lost another centerman, albeit short term. We’ll have to keep an eye on Danault.
Phillip Danault missing practice this morning (sick)— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) December 8, 2016
Update: Danault and Redmond should be good to go tonight. Greg Pateryn took a therapy day, which means Zach Redmond gets his chance:
Danault and Redmond in. Pateryn out.— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) December 8, 2016
The good news is that Beaulieu seems to be approaching a return.
Nathan Beaulieu est sur la glace avec ses coéquipiers // Beaulieu is on the ice with the rest of the boys this morning #GoHabsGo— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) December 8, 2016
It’s worth noting that Lehkonen, Byron, and Shaw were all practicing their faceoffs this morning. In other news, Carey Price will get the start versus the Devils.
We don’t quite know the lines just yet, but we will update the article as soon as we hear from the coach.