After two days off following their final game of the regular season on Wednesday, the Montreal Canadiens had their first practice of the post-season on Saturday morning at the Bell Sports Complex.
With no more salary cap, and five days before the first game of their first-round playoff series against the Toronto Maple Leafs, we may start to get a look at how they may line up for that game.
Notably, the practice marked the full return of Brendan Gallagher, Phillip Danault and Carey Price who seem to be good to go for the playoff opener.
It appears the extras are Michael Frolik, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Cole Caufield, and Jon Merrill. When it comes to the lineup, it should be noted that there’s a lot of time before game one.
#Habs practice:— John Lu (@JohnLuTSNMtl) May 15, 2021
Tatar - Danault - Gallagher
Toffoli - Suzuki - Armia
Perry - Staal - Anderson
Byron - Evans - Lehkonen
Frolik - Kotkaniemi - Caufield
Edmundson - Petry
Kulak - Chiarot
Romanov - Gustafsson
Shea Weber did not participate in practice.
The Canadiens will start their playoff series against the Maple Leafs on Thursday night at Scotiabank arena in Toronto. They are scheduled to hold practices every day until then, including Wednesday morning before departing for Ontario.