Mixed Message on Brassard’s Availability Tonight

Derrick Brassard (upper body) was back on the ice this morning practicing with teammates for the second straight day, however, Alain Vigneault gave some mixed messages regarding his center iceman’s availability for Game 3 tonight…

Renaud Lavoie at TVA Sports took Vigneault’s words to mean Brassard is out tonight.

If Brassard can’t go, Dan Carcillo would once again take his place in the lineup.

…this has to be nothing more than some gamesmanship on AV’s part. If Brassard is healthy enough to practice the last two days, there’s no way he won’t be in the line-up tonight. Everyone is hurting this time of year, so Brassard better suck it up.

Meanwhile, Beniot Pouliot participated in this morning’s practice and will play tonight after taking a maintenance day yesterday.

…if Pouliot doesn’t smarten up on the ice tonight, he may get another maintenance day Sunday night. 

Over at Canadiens practice, head coach Michel Therrien hinted that there might be some line-up changes tonight.

Brandon Prust missed this morning’s optional, but Therrien said he’ll be available tonight.

Yesterday, Thomas Vanek skated on the fourth line during practice and speculation is that he might be a healthy scratch tonight.

Vanek is pointless with a -3 in the first two games of the series.

…panic city at Canadiens camp right now. I know Vanek has struggled this postseason, but I fail to comprehend how putting one of the team’s top offensive weapons on the fourth line or in the press box helps Montreal win.

…that would be like if AV dropped Nash to the fourth line for his struggles. Watching some of the questionable coaching decisions coming from the other benches this postseason solidifies what an outstanding job AV has done for the Rangers. 


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