Jarred Tinordi got the call in Hamilton about 10 p.m. Tuesday night.

“Pack your bags,” he was told, “and get to Winnipeg.”

Two games from the end of the NHL season, with six games of big-league experience beneath his large blades, Tinordi is back with the Canadiens — and the proverbial puck is on his stick to stay with the Habs well beyond Thursday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets.

“I definitely didn’t expect this,” the 21-year-old said Wednesday of the summons, freshly off the MTS Centre ice on which the Canadiens had just run through a spirited, even bruising 75-minute practice.

“But it’s definitely a good surprise.”

Tinordi, 6-foot-6 and 210 (at least) pounds, will be in the lineup Thursday. There will be no word from head coach Michel Therrien until after game-day morning skate on who comes out in his place.

And if Tinordi performs well, it’s possible — perhaps likely — that he’ll see action in the playoffs which begin next week.

Tinordi was one of the so-called Black Aces, among eight American Hockey League Hamilton Bulldogs called up to the Canadiens this week. The group, now a gang of seven, is skating in Hamilton after their season’s end with head coach Sylvain Lefebvre and Bulldogs staff before reporting to Montreal on Sunday.

“(Lefebvre) just told us to look at (the call-up) as a good opportunity,” Tinordi said. “It’s special to be around Montreal during playoff time. Whether you’re playing or not, you’re excited to be there. But obviously you’re hoping to get a chance to play. So you work hard and wait to see what happens.”

Tinordi, the Canadiens’ first pick (22nd overall) in the 2010 entry draft, got dirt beneath his fingernails Wednesday in a Canadiens practice that was long on physicality.

There were several drills of one-on-one, two-on-two and at even strength that emphasized rugged contact along the boards in battles for the puck