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Training: Rafaël Harvey-Pinard took part with a regular jersey

The Montreal Canadiens held a training session this morning in preparation for tonight’s game at the Bell Centre against the mighty New York Rangers.

One piece of good news was quickly revealed, as forward Rafaël Harvey-Pinard was on the ice with his teammates, wearing a regular jersey.

This means that the Quebecer is getting very close to a return to action very soon.

However, we really shouldn’t expect to see him play tonight.

He could potentially make his return to action on Wednesday against the Flyers in Philadelphia.

As for the line-up against the Rangers tonight, Martin St-Louis has confirmed that 12 forwards and six defensemen will be used.

This was to be expected, given Emil Heineman’s emergency recall yesterday.

The Habs had used a formula of 11 forwards and seven defensemen to complete their trip and face the Sabres on Thursday at the Bell Centre, due to the injury to Christian Dvorak.

This means that one defenseman will be withdrawn from the lineup.

It’s Johnathan Kovacevic.

Heineman will now play his third career NHL game.

Let’s hope he gets enough ice time to stand out.

In front of the net, as announced yesterday, Samuel Montembeault will face the Rangers.

This will be a big challenge for the Quebec goaltender, given that the Rangers have the best points percentage in the NHL, and are therefore technically the best team in the NHL.

In a gust

– The Rangers are logically heavy favourites for tonight’s game at the Bell Centre.

– To be followed by the Jets, who are first in the NHL right now.

– News from the former Habs.

– Montreal CF to keep an eye on.

– He still holds a grudge against the Astros years later.

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