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Test Flight: Julien Runs First Habs Practice

Habs' Alex Galchenyuk

The Canadiens bye-week has come to an end, and the Claude Julien era is underway. On Friday, Julien led his first practice with the Canadiens since his first tenure as coach of the Canadiens ended in 2006.

In his conference call on Wednesday, Julien didn’t seem interested in massive changes. Instead, he wanted to give the players and former coach, Michel Therrien, credit for the good things they did at the beginning of the season.


When the Habs took the ice for practice, Julien’s laissez-faire approach had one glaring contradiction, and it came in the form of the team’s top-line centre. Despite his struggles, Alex Galchenyuk has been placed back on the top line with Max Pacioretty and Alexander Radulov. The rest of the lineup went almost unchanged.


Pacioretty – Galchenyuk – Radulov

Byron – Plekanec – Gallagher

Lehkonen – Danault – Shaw

Andrighetto – Mitchell – Flynn

Missing from the forward regulars was David Desharnais, who was an extra on the third line. Michael McCarron did not practice with the Canadiens, as he was sent to St. John’s to play during the bye-week. McCarron was ultimately called up before the end of the practice.

Defensive Combos:

Emelin – Weber

Markov – Petry

Beaulieu – Pateryn


There was some confusion as to who the extra actually was on the blue line. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Nesterov actually get the last spot in favor of Pateryn, but it could also stay as is.

The Canadiens’ next game is Saturday at 2:00pm against the Winnipeg Jets.



  1. Bay Bye

    February 17, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    excellent..god to see Chucky back on the first line. you are not suppose to lose your position when you get hurt but MT would not put him back on 1st line. Julien righted the ship..with McCarron being recalled that will make DD the odd man out which is another good thing..lets go Habs!!!

  2. Adam

    February 18, 2017 at 11:01 am

    I had a feeling the most nervous player was going to be DD when Julien came in…wonder how much he’ll sit