Just a few days before the team heads to Toronto, the Montreal Canadiens had their full group at practice for the first time on Thursday morning at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.
Brett Kulak, who skated but did not take part in the team’s scrimmage on Wednesday, returned for a full practice with his teammates. He was part of the penalty kill unit as Thursday’s practice focused on special teams.
The new-look power play loading up the first unit continued with Shea Weber, Nick Suzuki, and Jonathan Drouin all on the first unit.
Jeff Petry, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, and Max Domi skated on the second unit. Of course, since players couldn’t play on both the power play and penalty kill, you can expect some changes to come when the team sets its roster.
Here's how the top two units look today:— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) July 23, 2020
Drouin – Tatar – Suzuki
Chiarot-Mete (for Weber)
The team will head into the NHL’s bubble in Toronto on Sunday, with their exhibition game on July 28 against the Toronto Maple Leafs before starting their best-of-five series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in August 1.
UPDATE: Xavier Ouellet confirmed that the reason he missed practice earlier in camp was because of a positive test for the Coronavirus.
Xavier Ouellet confirms he tested positive for COVID-19. Said he felt no symptoms and subsequently tested negative several times, but he was isolated as a precaution. Said he feels great.— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) July 23, 2020