After a day off, the Canadiens were back on the ice in Brossard Tuesday morning .   As Coach Randy Cunneyworth indicated following Sunday night’s 4-1 win over the Rangers, the injuries to Travis Moen and Tomas Plekanec were minor in nature.  Both practiced today and are expected to be available for tomorrow night’s game against the Capitals.

With the exception of goaltending, expect the same lineup as the Canadiens iced Sunday which means D-Chris Campoli and C-Petteri Nokelainen will be healthy scratches again.   (Today’s Practice Lines Below)

The heat is on.   The team faces three four-point games in a row this week.  The Capitals, Wednesday night’s opponent  are  seventh in the Eastern Conference in a points tie at 50 with the Penguins, whom the Canadiens play in Pittsburgh Friday.   The Canadiens face the nnth place Leafs in Toronto Saturday night.  A good week might lift some of the gloom that’s settled over Montreal when discussion has surfaced involving the team’s playoff chances.  Carey Price was right Saturday night when he called every game the rest of the season a playoff game.   The Canadiens have to make up 12 points on five or six  teams with only 37 games remaining in their season.     Buffalo did it in the same time frame last year, which gives the Montreal fan at least faint hope.  Operative word is “faint”.

The Standings

GP       Pts

6 – New Jersey     44        52

7 – Washington    43        50

8 – Pittsburgh      44        50

9 – Toronto           44        49

10-Winnipeg        45        47

11-Buffalo             45        43

12-Canadiens      45         42


Today’s Practice Lines

Pacioretty  –  Desharnais  –   Cole

Bourque   –   Plekanec    –    Blunden

Moen       –   Eller           –  Kostitsyn.

Darche   –     Nokelainen –  Gomez


Gorges  –   Subban

Diaz      –   Emelin

Gill       –   Weber

Kaberl  –   Campoli