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Habs practice notes: New forward lines, Radulov ready, Price is back

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The Habs were on the ice ahead of tomorrow night’s meeting with the Oilers.

Montreal Canadiens v Toronto Maple Leafs

The Montreal Canadiens have stayed in the province of Alberta after Thursday’s loss to the Calgary Flames, waiting in Edmonton for a matchup with David Desharnais and the Oilers on Sunday.

Saturday afternoon they took the ice for some drills as they hope for a better performance than what they managed in a 5-0 shutout loss in their previous outing.

The first bit of news was that flu bug which forced Torrey Mitchell to miss some of Tuesday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks and put Carey Price out of action for Thursday’s game has now found its way to Paul Byron.

It seems that Price has recovered from the illness, and was able to get back into his regular duties alongside Thursday’s starter, Al Montoya.

Tomas Plekanec was spotted in a no-contact jersey, meaning he’s unlikely to play tomorrow.

But after a few days out with a lower-body injury, it appears Alexander Radulov will be back to give the team a massive boost against the skilled Oilers.

When line rushes began, the formation looked a bit different, with Andrew Shaw moving up to the top line with Max Pacioretty and Phillip Danault.

Radulov slotted in on Alex Galchenyuk’s right side, with Artturi Lehkonen remaining on his left.

On defence the Alexei Emelin-Jeff Petry pairing remains intact, and it seems Brandon Davidson won’t get the chance to play his former team.