KANATA – The Canadiens took to the ice at the Canadian Tire Center on Saturday in preparation for their game of the night against the Senators.
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Although he didn’t skate with his teammates, instead enjoying a morning of treatments, Nick Suzuki will indeed be in uniform against Ottawa.
Here are the combinations of players observed in training:
|Saturday April 23
|22 – Cole Caufield||45 – Laurent Dauphin||68 – Mike Hoffman|
|32 – Rem Pitlick||28 – Christian Dvorak||11 – Brendan Gallagher|
|85 – Mathieu Perreault||71 – Jake Evans||17 – Josh Anderson|
|55 – Michael Pezzetta||25 – Ryan Poehling||24 – Tyler Pitlick|
|44 – Joel Edmundson||26 – Jeff Petry||31 – Carey Price|
|27 – Alexander Romanov||58 – David Savard||35 – Sam Montembeault|
|54 – Jordan Harris||20 – Chris Wideman|
|43 – Kale Clague||84 – William Lagesson|
After the morning session, the Club’s interim head coach, Martin St-Louis, confirmed that Carey Price will make his third straight start on Saturday, having faced the Wild on Tuesday and the Flyers on Thursday. With the Canadiens having two games scheduled for this weekend, the team’s coach said he intends to split the load in net between his two goaltenders.
According to the combinations deployed this morning, everything suggests that two changes will be made to the formation. Up front, Michael Pezzetta skated in place of Rafaël Harvey-Pinard – sold to the Laval Rocket on Friday – within a trio completed by Ryan Poehling and Tyler Pitlick. Defender Jordan Harris has replaced Kale Clague alongside Chris Wideman.
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Saturday’s game will be the Canadiens’ first since the death of Guy Lafleur, adding an emotional factor to an already trying weekend; the Habs crossing swords with rivals Ottawa and Boston.
A true legend having left us much too soon, the Hall of Famer is obviously at the heart of the discussions and thoughts of the organization.
“I spent the evening watching Guy Lafleur highlights yesterday. So, I feel it. My coaching staff feels it, I feel the whole province…”, recognized St-Louis, who grew up following the prowess of the famous number 10 on television, with his family. “Yes, I think it will be an emotional evening, and tomorrow evening too. And Guy deserves to be thought of and to have feelings for him. There will surely be great emotions this weekend. »
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The timing seems right for the Canadiens to get a few straight wins in Lafleur’s honour, having just four games left on their 2021-22 schedule.
“This is sad news for everyone in Montreal, and for the entire hockey world. This is hard news to hear,” said Joel Edmundson.
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Currently struggling with a seven-game losing streak, the Canadiens will look to emulate Lafleur’s undisputed work ethic to turn the tide.
“You have to find a source of motivation in every game. We always have good games against Ottawa – they’re tough on us, and so are we – and we’re looking forward to tonight,” concluded Edmundson. We’ll worry about Boston tomorrow, but it’s also another fun rivalry. »
The puck drop between the Habs and the Sens is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.