Michel Therrien said it will be a game-time decision, but expect Brandon Prust to be back in the lineup Saturday when the Canadiens face the New York Rangers at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN-690 Radio).

Prust, who has missed eight games with a shoulder injury, said he was ready to go after practising with linemates Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk Friday in Brossard.

“I feel good out there and I feel I’m ready to go,” Prust said.

Prust dismissed a suggestion he was rushing back for a chance to play against his former team.

“You want to make sure it’s safe to come back and you’re not going to do any further damage,” said Prust, who also said he wanted to make sure the shoulder wasn’t going to be a concern if he had to fight.

Prust said he was glad he didn’t accompany the team on its road trip to Pittsburgh and Boston.

“Even though I did really want to, it was the right move to stay here and get some extra treatment and make sure it’s well-rested and ready to go,” he said. “Every time you’re injured you’re a little worried, but they heal up. Every player goes through this, but you have to battle through it.”