The Montreal Canadiens kept their practice short today in preparation for tomorrow’s Game 6 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the Bruins.
Maybe they should’ve worked a little longer in order to iron out their new-look lineup because they might be without two of their key players because of injury.
Defenseman James Wisniewski (undisclosed) and center David Desharnais (lower body) both suffered injuries in Game 5 and didn’t practice today. Wisniewski was in and out of the lineup, while Desharnais was hurt in the first overtime and didn’t return.
[Head coach Jacques] Martin moved Tom Pyatt to Desharnais’s spot on the fourth line with Benoit Pouliot and Ryan White on the wings, but there’s a good possibility that Pouliot, who has been in Martin’s bad books, will remain on the sidelines and that defenceman Yannick Weber will play on the wing.
Of course, Weber could be needed on defence. On Monday, he took the place of the other question mark in the lineup — defenceman James Wisniewski.
Martin said he kept his practice short because he’s planning on playing two games in the next two nights. To make that come true, his team has to win Tuesday night. The Habs might have to do that shorthanded.