The Montreal Canadiens’ miserable season ends Friday at the Bell Center with a visit from the Florida Panthers, a team at odds with the Habs.
Indeed, the 82nd duel of the Bleu Blanc Rouge campaign, guaranteed to end at the bottom of the standings, will face the new recipients of the President’s Trophy. Having won the Ottawa Senators 4-0 the day before, the Panthers have 122 points on the clock compared to just 53 for head coach Martin St-Louis’s team.
The latter will rely on goaltender Carey Price, who appeared on the ice for morning practice at Brossard. St-Louis confirmed Number 31’s attendance at the evening appointment, but did not reveal any information about Price’s medical consultation in New York. The Canadiens ended a nine-game losing streak Wednesday by beating the Rangers 4-3.
“I think it’s important that everyone makes a good game: for the organization and for the fans to win a game. It would be so nice to end on a positive note. We’re three periods away from turning the page and having a little ending to the story on a [mauvaise] season,” emphasized the pilot.
Martin St Louis Press Conference –
Farewell to Mathieu Perreault?
Mathieu Perreault, who is entitled to full autonomy this summer, could well say goodbye to the supporters of the Canadian who will replace Laurent Dauphin in training. The Quebecer, who has had sporadic use and eye surgery throughout the season, found himself at the center of deal rumors as the trade deadline approached. The future therefore seems nebulous, but as for the present, he intends to enjoy every moment that is offered to him on the ice.
“I’ll try to make the best of it. You don’t know when you’ll get another opportunity. Good thing it’s in Montreal too. The family will be there and we’ll try to have fun,” he said in a pre-game press conference.
“It may be the last but personally you still believe you can still play well and I keep that mentality,” he added. I see it as an opportunity to do well. We’ll see what happens next. At 34, I’ve got hockey in me and this won’t be my last game.
– Among the defenders, William Lagesson will give way to Chris Wideman. In the opposing camp, Jonathan Huberdeau missed the Ottawa clash and could play one last game before the start of the playoffs next week.
Press conference by Mathieu Perreault –
In the opposing camp, Jonathan Huberdeau missed the Ottawa clash and could play one last game before the start of the playoffs next week.
Chris Wideman Press Conference –
Jordan Harris Press Conference –