Canadiens coach Michel Therrien shuffles lines
|Max Pacioretty (pictured) was paired with youngsters Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher at Habs practice on Monday. (Chantal Poirier/QMI Agency)
Michel Therrien is wasting no time in making changes to the Montreal Canadiens forward lines following three straight losses.
The Habs head coach shuffled his lines at practice Monday, pairing Max Pacioretty with youngsters Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher. David Desharnais joined Brandon Prust and Erik Cole on another line.
"This may be the spark we needed," said Desharnais after practice. "Sometimes we try to do too much. With Brandon, we will be able to focus on playing, and it will bring a good dynamic to our trio."
Cole, who has been struggling to find his scoring touch since the beginning of the season, wrote a text message of encouragement to his teammates, but also took the opportunity to say that he could be doing more.
"I only told them that all teams would experience tough times this season," he said. "I told them that it would be up to us to make the effort to get out of this bad stretch and that I intended to be part of the solution, I want to play better."