Before the Montreal Canadiens’ morning skate began, it was announced that David Schlemko had been recalled after a one-game conditioning stint in Laval. He didn’t make it to practice in time to participate, however.
Morning skate is starting and David Schlemko is not taking part.— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) October 14, 2017
It was also announced that Tomas Plekanec was suffering from the flu, with his ability to play Saturday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs in question.
Tomas Plekanec absent de l'entraînement aujourd'hui (symptômes grippaux) / Tomas Plekanec not at practice today (flu-like symptoms).— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) October 14, 2017
UPDATE: Plekanec will be a game-time decision
#Habs Plekanec (flu-like symptoms) will be a gametime decision.— John Lu (@JohnLuTSNMtl) October 14, 2017
Fortunately, Alex Galchenyuk, who had missed Friday’s practice with flu-like symptoms, was back on the ice, and it appears his illness will not cause him to miss any game action.
Alex Galchenyuk is on the ice for practice this morning. #GoHabsGo— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) October 14, 2017
With Plekanec out of the lineup, Jacob de la Rose draws into a centre position, leaving Alex Galchenyuk on the wing of the fourth line with Torrey Mitchell and Ales Hemsky.
The defence pairings remained the same, with Victor Mete and Shea Weber together. It’s possible Schlemko will take Jordie Benn’s spot on the third pairing, but that decision has yet to be made.
Habs D:— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) October 14, 2017
Schlemko not skating (played in Laval last night)
UPDATE: Schlemko will not play tonight
David Schlemko ne jouera pas ce soir face aux Leafs.— J-F Chaumont (@JFChaumontJDM) October 14, 2017