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Habs lines at practice: Pacioretty hurt, Galchenyuk remains on fourth line

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An extra body but otherwise no changes for the Canadiens a day before their playoff opener

Montreal Canadiens v New York Rangers Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Montreal Canadiens took to the ice again on Tuesday in preparation of their first round matchup against the New York Rangers.

Brandon Davidson returned to the ice after missing practice on Monday, while Alexei Emelin was still absent, nursing a lower-body injury that will keep him out of at least game one on Wednesday.

Though Davidson skated, he was still used as the extra defenceman as no changes were made to the top three pairs.

At forward, the Canadiens rolled the same lines they had on Monday, but with gamesmanship being a thing in the playoffs, this doesn’t mean the lines will be the same at morning skate tomorrow, or even for the first game.

These lines would mean that Torrey Mitchell, Brian Flynn, and Michael McCarron would be healthy scratches tomorrow.

Alex Galchenyuk remained on the fourth line he played on in the regular season finale and practice yesterday, alongside Steve Ott and Andreas Martinsen.

Update: Some concerning news from Practice. Max Pacioretty was hurt as he took a high stick to the face, and had to leave the ice.

As for the Rangers, they ran these lines during practice:

Update #2: According to Renaud Lavoie, the injury to Pacioretty doesn’t appear to be serious.

Claude Julien is “optimistic” that Pacioretty will be ready for game one.