The Montreal Canadiens were once again split in two practice teams today at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard in their last practice before the team’s only scrimmage on Sunday at the Bell Centre.
Here is how the lined up today:
There were no significant changes to the rosters, but the practices were reversed, with Team B took to the ice first today and there were no changes to the lines.
Andreas Martinsen was still on a line with players likely bound for the AHL, and Daniel Carr and Chris Terry stayed together as well.
The two lines with NHL players were untouched from yesterday.
Trios du groupe B ce matin:— Jonathan Bernier (@JBernierJDM) September 16, 2017
The defence all stayed the same as yesterday.
The big news yesterday was Victor Mete with Shea Weber, but the other two pairings of NHL defencemen don’t give many clues as to what the plan will be going forward. That means performance in camp will be important as no one is given an obvious advantage.
For Group A taking the ice a bit later, it was a similar story, with the Habs seemingly seeking to find chemistry on the lines before the competitive pre-season games begin.
David Schlemko is absent from today’s practice with a hand injury. Hopefully it is not serious enough to keep him out for significant time.
The injury means a bit of shakeup on defence, with Schlemko replaced by Eric Gelinas on Noah Juulsen’s pairing.
The Canadiens’ first pre-season game will be on Monday night at the Centre Videotron in Quebec City against the Boston Bruins.