therrien IVThe Canadiens were on the practice ice at 2.00 Friday afternoon at Sunrise Florida fresh off their win in Detroit Thursday and in preparation for game two of their four game road trip against the Florida Panthers Saturday night.

Tomas Plekanec wasn’t with the team. He flew home to Montreal to take care of a family issue. It’s not known whether he will arrive in Florida in time for Saturday night’s game.

Without Plekanec, the so-called EGG line was re-formed, at least for practice purposes. Lars Eller assumed Plekanec’s spot between Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher. George Parros was on the fourth line with Ryan White and George Parros.

The Canadiens will be looking for their eighth win in nine games when they faced the Panthers. After they play the Panthers they will move on to Tampa to play a game Tuesday that may decide who has home ice advantage in the probable opening round playoff series between the Canadiens and Lightning. The Canadiens hold second place in the Atlantic Division and lead the Lightning by two points but Tampa has two games in hand.

Roberto Luongo was hurt in a goalmouth collision with former teammate Radek Dvorak in Thursday night’s 3-0 loss to Carolina.  Luongo suffered a neck injury and was pulled for precautionary reasons at the end of the first period. Dvorak was given a game misconduct on the play, although most who witnessed felt It was accidental. Coach Peter Horachek listed Luongo as “day-to-day” on Friday.  Dan Ellis will start the game aainst the Canadiens and Scott Clemensen was  recalled from San Antonio to back-up Ellis..  

Canadiens Practice Lines Friday

Pacioretty-Desharnais-Vanek
Galchenyuk-Eller-Gallagher
Bourque-Brière-Gionta
Bournival-White-Parros

Bouillon – Subban 
Markov-Emelin 
Murray-Weaver.