Morning Training Updates - April 11

Morning Training Updates – April 11

BROSSARD – The Canadiens held a morning practice at the Bell Sports Complex in preparation for their matchup against the Winnipeg Jets on Monday.

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Most of the players took part in the skating session, including Paul Byronwho did not participate in last week’s trip to New Jersey and Toronto, and Ryan Poehlingwho didn’t play Saturday against the Maple Leafs, but will be in the lineup against Winnipeg. Nick Suzuki benefited from a day of treatment in replacement of the morning training. Justin Barronwho, like Byron, stayed home during last week’s trip, was also absent.

After the skate, interim head coach Martin St-Louis confirmed that Sam Montembeault would get the start in net against the Jets. Montembeault replaced Jake Allen Saturday against Toronto after the latter left the game with a lower-body injury and did not return.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Martin St-Louis confirms that Samuel Montembeault will get the start in goal tonight.Martin St-Louis confirms that Samuel Montembeault gets the start in goal tonight. #GoHabsGo

attackers Christian Dvorak and Jesse Ylonen also spoke to the media on Monday morning, with Dvorak sharing his thoughts on his experience in Montreal now that COVID-19 restrictions have been eased.

“It’s nice to go out to eat, finally. It looks like the restaurants were closed for a while and there were a bunch of restrictions and things like that. So it’s nice to walk around and enjoy the city a bit,” described Dvorak, who had only played three games in Montreal as a visitor before joining the Canadiens this season. “The weather is changing, so it’s nice to get out and enjoy the city a bit more. »

Video: Christian Dvorak on working on his faceoffs

Dvorak has 24 points (10G, 14A) this season, but he admits it takes some getting used to being traded as he had never been traded to the NHL before his acquisition by Montreal.

“It’s definitely different. Many players in this League have been there. I think the start of the year was not the best start for everyone, including me, of course. It’s good to stay in the lineup and stay healthy,” said Dvorak, who had four points (1G, 3A) on the two-game road trip. “I just want to find a rhythm and try to finish the season the right way. »

Video: MTL@NJD: Dvorak weaves his way between defenders

The 26-year-old center shared his appreciation for St. Louis’ approach with his players, noting how the coach makes a point of being honest and direct in his comments. And the message St-Louis has sent to Dvorak is don’t be afraid to exploit his sense of purpose more.

“I think he was seen as a defensive player, but I think there is an attacking side to him and I want him to feel free to play. But D-Vo does not require much “maintenance”. He’s not a guy I need to talk to and check on every day. He doesn’t ask for a lot and he’s a professional,” St-Louis said of the 348-game NHL veteran. “Because he’s low maintenance, I still have to make sure I talk to him a bit and try to give him that confidence and that freedom that he can bring up front to this team and he showed it. »

Video: Martin St-Louis pre-game press briefing

For his part, Ylonen wants to contribute at both ends of the ice, but he believes it all starts with solid play without the puck.

“I’m really focused on not getting the opposing team to score me points when I’m on the ice and I’m really focused on the details of the defensive game as well. Usually when you do those things right, little by little you get more time in the offensive zone,” said Ylonen, who has five points (2G, 3A) in 14 NHL games. “Of course, I want to be a good offensive player, but above all, a good defensive player. »

“I want to be the kind of player the coach wants to put on the ice when the team is leading or trailing by a few goals. I want to be the kind of player that coaches can trust. I have to earn it, of course. »

Video: Ylonen on contributing offensively and defensively

Remarks

With Allen on the sidelines again, St-Louis was asked if he had had any further discussions with Carey Price regarding his return to play, but the coach said he left things entirely in the hands of the star goaltender.

“I don’t talk to him about that. Carey has been in the League for a long time,” St-Louis said of Price, who was back on the ice in Brossard with his teammates on Monday. “He has proven himself, he has his wealth of experience. You trust these guys. If Carey tells me, “Martin, I’m ready,” then he’s going to play. »

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