Max Pacioretty looked excellent in white Tuesday even with his jersey illegally tucked in the back roaring around Scotiabank Saddledome ice like a beast freshly uncaged in a practice sweater that indicated he was no longer hands-off.

So expect Pacioretty back in the Canadiens lineup Wednesday when the Habs take on the Flames to begin their four-game western swing (8 p.m. TSN RDS TSN Radio 690).

Reunited will be the line of David Desharnais centring wingers Pacioretty and Daniel Brière.

Pacioretty the Canadiens’ leading point-scorer the past two seasons injured his left forearm/wrist in a first-period collision with Toronto’s Colton Orr in the season opener last Tuesday. He saw spotty duty the rest of the night and was scratched Saturday.

But Pacioretty showed no sign of the injury during a brisk noon-hour practice and will be a welcome addition against the Flames.

“He looked really good today” said head coach Michel Therrien Pacioretty not among the players to speak in the dressing room after the workout.

“I had a talk with him before practice and the way he was able to practice definitely he’s going to be there (Wednesday).”

Also in the lineup will be captain Brian Gionta who arrived here late in the afternoon. Gionta didn’t charter west with his team remaining home Monday for a family matter before flying in commercially Tuesday.

Back with the team is defenceman Nathan Beaulieu who was imported from Hamilton Tuesday afternoon. It was a planned recall the team wanting the insurance of a seventh defenceman on this trip.

Habs forward Rene Bourque will hit his milestone 500th NHL game when he plays against his old club for just the second time since he was dealt to Montreal in the mid-game trade for Michael Cammalleri on Jan. 12 2012.

“It’s kind of fitting to (reach 500) here” Bourque said having played 249 games for Calgary and 183 before that with Chicago.

“One thousand (games) is where you’d like to get and obviously that will be tough to get to at my age (31). It’s just nice to be back here. I spent three years here and it’s nice to see some familiar faces again.”