After two full days off, the Montreal Canadiens were back to work with a light 45 minute practice as they continue to wait for their opponent in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Having a rest at this time of year is a luxury every team would love to have, but some fans are worried that this break might kill the momentum the Canadiens gained after sweeping the Tampa Bay Lightning. However, those concerns are not shared in the Habs locker room.
"I feel like I ended the series on the right note and that will carry over to the second round,” Max Pacioretty told the media. “I'm completely stress free right now and it's nice to have a little bit of a mental vacation."
The players are viewing this break as a mini training camp, elevating the intensity level every day.
The Canadiens will welcome back Travis Moen for the second round of the playoffs. Moen was sidelined with a concussion after a fight with Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller back on March 24.
The veteran is part of the team's leadership group and plays a key role on the Habs penalty kill. He also brings plenty of experience in the playoffs, having already won a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks back in 2007.
Now, the challenge for Michel Therrien will be to figure out where Moen might fit in his lineup.
"It's always tough to take someone out of the lineup, so we aren't quite sure where we are going right now," the Habs bench boss said.
Therrien will wait until his second round opponent is confirmed before he gets into his lineup. At the moment he said his focus is to make sure that his players keep their conditioning levels up during this break.