Mike Hoffman and Sami Niku both took part in practice with a regular line, indicating they might be ready to enter the lineup sooner rather than later. This was only Hoffman’s second practice with the team, but he skated on a line with Adam Brooks and Brendan Gallagher. Jake Evans did not take part in Monday’s practice.
Niku skated next to Brett Kulak and Chris Wideman appeared to be the odd defender out. Niku has yet to play this season after suffering a concussion in his pre-season debut with the team.
Also of note, Mathieu Perreault skated at centre in place of Cédric Paquette on the fourth line. Paquette rotated in, but was not in the regular rotation.
Jake Allen did not participate in practice, either.
Update, 12:03 p.m. : According to Eric Engels, it is a therapy day for Jake Evans. Jake Allen will skate after practice with goaltending coach Eric Raymond.
Canadiens say it's a therapy day for Jake Evans. Jake Allen will skate with goaltending coach Eric Raymond on his own after practice.— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) October 18, 2021
Here are the full lines from Monday:
Tyler Toffoli — Nick Suzuki — Cole Caufield
Jonathan Drouin — Christian Dvorak — Josh Anderson
Mike Hoffman — Adam Brooks — Brendan Gallagher
Artturi Lehkonen — Mathieu Perreault — Joel Armia
Cédric Paquette, Alex Belzile
Alexander Romanov — Jeff Petry
Ben Chiarot — David Savard
Brett Kulak — Sami Niku