Lines, defensive pairs and updates - April 23

Lines, defensive pairs and updates – April 23

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
Morning workout
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.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Martin St-Louis confirms that Carey Price will get the start in goal against the Sens.#GoHabsGo

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. »

Video: Martin St-Louis pre-game press briefing

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.

Video: Joel Edmundson on an emotional end to the season

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.


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