The Montreal Canadiens are back in action tonight, and they will face their long-time rivals, the Boston Bruins. The Canadian team has been on bye week, and returned to practice yesterday for the first time in five days.
Before the break, general manager Marc Bergevin communicated with young defenseman Victor Mete, and asked him to return to the Habs after he won Gold at the World Junior Championship at the beginning of the month.
Here's a look at the forward lines and defense pairings featured by head coach Claude Julien at Saturday's morning skate at the Bell Sports Complex.
Pacioretty - Danault - LehkonenByron/Carr - Plekanec - Gallagher
Galchenyuk - Drouin - HudonDeslauriers - de la Rose/Froese - Shaw
Hemsky (no contact)
Alzner - PetryBenn - Jerabek
Mete/Morrow - Schlemko
The Bruins won't be rusted either after their league-mandated five-day break. They are currently second in the Atlantic Division and will be trying to earn at least a point for the 12th game in a row (8-0-3). Boston is coming off a 6-5 loss in overtime at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.
The Canadiens won two games in a row heading into their five-game break, 2-1 in a shootout against the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning on Jan. 4 and 5-2 against the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday.
The Habs sit in 14th place in the Eastern Conference, eight points behind the Carolina Hurricanes who hold the second wild card position.