TORONTO – The Canadians held an optional practice Friday at the Ford Performance Centre.
Here is the list of players who took part in training:
|Friday April 8
|45 – Laurent Dauphin||43 – Kale Clague||35 – Sam Montembeault|
|85 – Mathieu Perreault||54 – Jordan Harris||31 – Carey Price|
|55 – Michael Pezzetta||84 – William Lagesson|
|25 – Ryan Poehling||26 – Jeff Petry|
|64 – Corey Schueneman|
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During his post-practice press briefing, head coach Martin St-Louis said Jeff Petry was “close enough” to return to action after missing the last seven games due to injury at the bottom of the body.
So there’s a chance Petry faces the Maple Leafs on Saturday at Scotiabank Arena.
St. Louis also said he doesn’t expect Carey Price to make his long-awaited first start this season, against Toronto. The team assesses his situation “from day to day”.
Price, who underwent knee surgery last July, joined the team in practice on Monday.
St-Louis on Price: “He will tell us when he is ready”
Sam Montembeault was the latest player to share his thoughts on Price in training.
Montembeault says the veteran goalkeeper looks sharp and ready for service.
“Guys have a hard time scoring against him. When he came back, what impressed me the most was that when the guys get ready to shoot, they are intimidated,” mentioned Montembeault. “He is so big in front of the net. He’s a great goalkeeper, and the guys really struggle to score. I think he’s ready, and I can’t wait to see him in action. »
Video: Samuel Montembeault on his impression of Carey Price
When Price will eventually play remains a mystery, however.
St. Louis insisted that Price himself will make the final decision.
“I think Carey will let us know when he feels like the time is right,” the Hall of Famer said. “He’ll let us know when he’s ready. »
Regardless of the return schedule for Price, St-Louis has been impressed with how the number 31 has handled his rehabilitation so far.
” It’s a lot of work. It’s not just physically tough work, I think mentally it’s probably been challenged this year in terms of staying sane, taking one step forward and then two steps back,” noted St. -Louis. “Sometimes it’s hard to find some clarity through this process, but Carey, since I came on board, has been a professional and tried to manage each day as best he could. »
Video: Martin St-Louis on the status of Carey Price
Harris: Observe and Learn
Jordan Harris took full advantage of his night off in New Jersey, as a substitute.
The 21-year-old watched the game closely from the Prudential Center media catwalk to get a better understanding of the Habs’ style of play.
“It was good to see from the press box. The coach [St-Louis] has different systems and concepts, like neutral zone movement, and it’s good to see them from that perspective. It’s harder on the ice, it’s a lot faster, and it’s harder on TV with the camera angles and everything,” said Harris, who has two NHL games under his belt. . “Just to see it from above, to see the game as a whole, it was good. »
Video: Jordan Harris on watching the game from above in NJ
The Northeastern University graduate says he took some notes during the Canadiens’ win.
He’s not sure if he’ll face the Maple Leafs, but he’d love the chance to experience the rivalry up close.
“That would be really cool, especially with Toronto, all of their talent and the fact that it’s a historic franchise,” Harris said. “It would be really special to be part of it. »
Trying to stop sniper Auston Matthews would also be very exciting.
“He is having an exceptional season. He’s a special player,” adds Harris. “It would be a lot of fun to measure myself against such a competition. »
Matthews currently leads the League with 56 goals, six ahead of Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl.