Canadiens Notebook: Could dressing seven defencemen become the norm?

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Joel Edmundson takes part in full practice for first time this season, while Jake Allen could be ready to return in goal Wednesday night.

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Stu Cowan  •  Montreal Gazette

Canadiens goalie Jake Allen, who has missed the last four games with a concussion, could return to the lineup Wednesday night in Washington against the Capitals. Photo by Allen McInnis /Montreal Gazette Article content

Going with 11 forwards and seven defencemen worked very well for the Canadiens in Saturday night’s 6-3 win over the Nashville Predators at the Bell Centre.

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Will we see the same format Wednsesday when the Canadiens play the Capitals in Washington (7 p.m., SNE, TVA Sports, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM)?

“Maybe at some point,” head coach Dominique Ducharme said after practice Monday at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. “Is it going to be Wednesday? Not sure yet. It’s on two parts. I think for the forwards it’s a pretty good challenge When you’re having a good game and as a coach you can be using the guys that are going and giving other guys a little bit less and play with a little bit with that more. But on the other side, on defence, it changes the rotation, it changes the momentum of…

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