Max Pacioretty took part in full Canadiens practice on Wednesday and will be in the lineup against the Ottawa Senators Thursday at the Bell Centre.
As expected, for the game Pacioretty has been penciled in on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Brandon Gallagher.
Pacioretty’s actual injury was not a knee ligament issue but a broken tibia; a break of the bone just below his left knee. The injury occurred July 8th while running in Florida. Doctors said the recovery period would be twelve weeks. He returns after eleven weeks and two days.
During his rehabilitation, Pacioretty’s teammates voted him the 29th captain in Canadiens history.
JUULSEN TO MAKE DEBUT
Canadiens 2015 first round draft choice Noel Juulsen will make his debut Thursday night against the Senators. Juulsen has been sideline by a concussion issue throughout training camp. He will likely be returned to his junior team in Everett Washington after the game.
PRICE WILL PLAY THURSDAY
Carey Price will play the entire game against Ottawa on Thursday. In the seventh and final pre-season game in Ottawa Saturday night Dustin Tokarski will be in goal.
Wednesday’s Practice Lines and Pairings
Pacioretty – Plekanec – Gallagher
Eller – Galchenyuk – Semin
Fleischmann – Desharnais – Weise
Flynn – Mitchell – Kassian
de la Rose – Hudon – Andrighetto/Smith-Pelly
Markov – Subban
Emelin – Petry
Beaulieu – Gilbert
Tinordi – Pateryn
Barberio – Juulsen
CANADIENS PRACTICE THREE-ON-THREE
The Canadiens have had only one opportunity to try out out the new five minute overtime three-on-three rule. It wasn’t very successful. James van Riemsdyk went around a flatfooted Dale Weise to score in the first minute in Toronto last Saturday. With the counterattack, puckhandling skills to create two-on-ones with speed plus scoring talent the prerequisites for a successful three-on-three, here were Therrien’s practice combinations –
Galchenyuk – Semin – Markov
Plekanec – Pacioretty – Subban
Desharnais – Fleischmann – Petry