The Montreal Canadiens will be without Carey Price’s services for the next two games, Martin St-Louis announced Sunday.
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The Habs head coach confirmed the news during a press conference held at Bell Center ahead of the Boston Bruins’ visit.
“We’re going to give Carey a break,” he reasoned. He played a lot of games for a guy who didn’t play much. He gets to play the last one [partie].”
Price will not accompany the team on Wednesday’s trip to New York where they will face Rangers.
The Canadian initiated the emergency call of his young goalkeeper Cayden Primeau. He will support Samuel Montembeault, who will be the man of confidence between the posts against the Oursons.
Primeau defended the cage for the Laval Rocket on Saturday. In a 5-1 loss to Syracuse Crunch, he stopped 34 of 38 shots aimed at him.
This season, the American goaltender posted a record of 1-7-1, a save of .868 and a goals-against-average of 4.62 with the CH.
Additionally, the Habs have confirmed that Laurent Dauphin and William Lagesson will join Sunday’s line-up. They will replace Ryan Poehling and Chris Wideman.
The Canadiens will pay tribute to Guy Lafleur at Bell Center before taking on the Bruins.
It will be the Habs’ first home game since the death of the Blond Demon, who lost his battle with lung cancer on Friday. All team players wear a coat of arms with the famous number 10 on their jerseys. There is also a ceremony before the game.
“It’s a very important night for the organization,” noted St-Louis. There are matches that stick in the memory under certain circumstances. Tonight is one of those games.”
Sainte-Flanelle will certainly try to feed on this tribute to put an end to an awkward run of eight defeats. On Saturday, the Ottawa Senators had the upper hand 6-4.
“The evening will be very emotional,” said the head coach. We hope to make Guy and the whole province proud.”
After this duel against the Bruins, CH travels to New York to the Rangers on Wednesday to end their season against the Florida Panthers in Montreal on Friday.
The Montreal team will at best finish 31st overall in the National League. Their 51 points ties them with the Arizona Coyotes, but the tiebreaker currently favors the Desert Club.