Alexander Romanov skates with Canadiens for the primary time

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The Canadiens chosen the 5-foot-11, 182-pound defenceman within the second spherical (38th general) of the 2018 NHL Draft.

Prime D-men face heavy workload: Coach Claude Julien hasn’t selected his third defence pairing for Saturday’s opening recreation towards the Pittsburgh Penguins (eight p.m., CBC, SN, NBC, TVA Sports activities, TSN 690 Radio) however mentioned he’ll in all probability be doing numerous juggling to offer most time to his three prime defenders — Shea Weber, Ben Chiarot and Jeff Petry.

Julien will as soon as once more attempt to use all 4 traces up entrance, however getting the correct matchups towards Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkn can be troublesome as a result of the Penguins have the ultimate line change.

Alex Belzile was deemed “unfit to observe” Friday, however we are able to say with some confidence it’s not COVID-19 associated. Belzile was rocked by Toronto defenceman Jake Muzzin in Tuesday’s Four-2 exhibition recreation loss to the Leafs. Belzile hit his head towards the top boards and performed just one extra shift after the hit.

NHL raises consciousness: The NHL mentioned it should use the opening day of the postseason to “pay tribute to these on the forefront of the anti-racism motion and the battle towards COVID-19.”

It’s a part of the NHL’s new #WeSkateFor initiative. The gamers will put on helmet decals in assist of the Black Strains Matter motion.

Grammy Award winner Michael Bublé will seem nearly to sing O Canada earlier than the Canadiens-Penguins recreation in addition to the Chicago Blackhawks vs. Edmonton Oilers recreation in Edmonton (three p.m., SN, NBC).