Facing long Dryden ceremony, Canadiens opt to rest instead of skate

A 30-minute ceremony to retire the No. 29 jersey of former goaltending great Ken Dryden is to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by a 15-minute warm-up for both clubs. The puck is not expected to be dropped before 8:20 p.m. ET.

Dryden will be the 12th Canadien to be honoured with a jersey retirement and the second this season after former defenceman and general manager Serge Savard, whose No. 18 was raised on Nov. 18.

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Instead of a skate, the players had a video session in preparation for their fifth meeting of the season with Ottawa. Montreal is 2-1-1 against the Senators, but was pounded 8-3 in Ottawa in their last meeting on Jan. 13.

The Senators had their usual full morning skate.