The immediate fix was to move Brian Gionta back up to the Plekanec line to replace him. How long a line of Plekanec/Gionta/Gallagher lasts is anyone’s guess. They didn’t do much against the Islanders Thursday but they weren’t alone in that regard.
The line remained together at practice Friday and will probably start the game as a unit against the Rangers Saturday night.
Updating his roster situation at Friday’s post-practice news conference Therrien reported that Lars Eller remains sidelined with a bad case of the flu and isn’t expected back until next week, Brandon Prust might be ready to start the playoffs but Travis Moen is “not quite there yet”. Moen has been dealing with a concussion.
The league has decided not to take any additional action on Douglas Murray who was given a major and game misconduct for checking Islander forward Johan Sundstrom from behind. Murray was playing in his first game following a three game suspension for a similar incident last week.
Canadiens special teams were part of the problem Thursday night and that was the focus of most of Friday’s practice. For the last two/thirds of the season the Canadiens power play has ranked near the bottom of the league and both Islander goals came on their power play.
The Canadiens Practice Lines Friday