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Montreal Canadiens lines at practice: The search for answers leads to changes

New looks as the team prepares for Carolina.

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The Montreal Canadiens search for answers led to changes at the team’s practice on Wednesday. A fourth straight loss sent the combinations into flux, with one notable exception.

The line of Christian Dvorak, Jonathan Drouin, and Josh Anderson remained intact which is probably because it has looked like the most cohesive line the team has had.

Jake Evans returned to practice and skated with Artturi Lehkonen and Joel Armia. Mike Hoffman was flanked by Nick Suzuki and Brendan Gallagher. Tyler Toffoli and Cole Caufield were with Mathieu Perreault. The extras seemed to be Adam Brooks and Cédric Paquette.

On defence, Jeff Petry skated with Brett Kulak. Ben Chiarot was with Chris Wideman, and David Savard was with Alexander Romanov. Sami Niku was once again the extra defenceman.

Here were the full lines on Wednesday:

Mike Hoffman — Nick Suzuki — Brendan Gallagher
Jonathan Drouin — Christian Dvorak — Josh Anderson
Tyler Toffoli — Mathieu Perreault — Cole Caufield
Artturi Lehkonen — Jake Evans — Joel Armia
Adam Brooks — Cédric Paquette

Brett Kulak — Jeff Petry
Ben Chiarot — Chris Wideman
Alexander Romanov — David Savard
Sami Niku

Jake Allen
Samuel Montembeault

The Canadiens host the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday at the Bell Centre.