Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty has been cleared for contact, but head coach Michel Therrien says he'd be surprised if Pacioretty plays Game 1 against the Ottawa Senators Wednesday night.

Therrien mentioned that the team's medical staff has not given definitive word whether he would be fit for the opening game of the playoffs. 

Pacioretty, 26, sustained an upper-body injury against the Florida Panthers on April 5 and has not played since. The winger led the Habs in scoring this season, netting 37 goals and 30 assists over 80 games.

Pacioretty practiced with the team Tuesday, but did not take part in line rushes. 

Canadiens Practice Lines


Galchenyuk - Plekanec - Gallagher
Smith-Pelly - Desharnais - Parenteau
De la Rose - Eller - Weise
Prust - Mitchell - Flynn



Markov - Subban
Emelin - Petry
Beaulieu - Gilbert
Gonchar - Pateryn




Powerplay 1

Pacioretty - Desharnais - Parenteau/Smith-Pelly

Markov - Subban

Powerplay 2

Galchenyuk - Plekanec - Gallagher

Petry - Gilbert/Beaulieu