The goal having always been to assess the level of play of the star goalkeeper before letting him slip away for the summer, the CH enjoys a favorable schedule to allow the No. 31 to untie his aging legs.
Martin St-Louis didn’t want to confirm anything, but we risk seeing Price in goal again for one of the weekend’s two games. The team will then conclude its season with meetings in New York next Wednesday and in Montreal against the Panthers two days later.
The Habs will now have to find a way to back up their goaltender, as he was shut out twice in goal, a streak that began in the fifth and final game of the Stanley Cup Finals last July.
It’s an individual and collective phenomenon right now.dropped Rem Pitlick.
The winger is going through a bad patch with only 2 assists in his last 10 games, like the group and 9 successes in the last 6, including 4 the same evening.
The problem, according to the coach?
Finishingargued St-Louis before clarifying his thinking.
We produced enough chances to score, it’s just the finish. We must not reinvent the game when the finish is not there […] It’s being engaged, alert, having an idea of where the puck is going and anticipating it. It’s a big part of the game to grab the returns and keep attacking. The other team is tired, you keep going, maybe you’ll get another chance or force them to take a penaltyhe added.
” When that happens, you tighten your stick a little too much. Especially against the Islanders, we had a lot of chances and when you don’t score in first and second, there is frustration that builds. There are little things to improve too: creating more from the middle of the ice, capturing feedback, that kind of stuff. »
Evans will be back in the lineup after skipping his round on Tuesday due to a virus unrelated to COVID-19. He could well find himself in the company of the freshly recalled Rafaël Harvey-Pinard and Rem Pitlick who, as we know, will play together. The center of the two wingers remains to be determined.
The young center has had two spectacular goals recently, both thanks to unsuspected slap shots. Evans had fun with it again on Thursday morning.
You might see another one tonighthe launched.
Evans said that when he was playing for the Laval Rocket, Joel Bouchard used to tease him about his supposed softness in shooting.
He had placed me in the competition for the most powerful shooter with the big guysremembered the young man, laughing.
I thought it would be humiliating, but it wasn’t.
Elsewhere, Kale Clague will replace Jordan Harris. Evans will take the place of Laurent Dauphin and Harvey-Pinard, that of Paul Byron, injured in the lower body against the Wild.
The CH is still languishing in last place in the East, six points behind the Flyers. Both teams have lost their last six meetings without picking up a treacherous point.
In two starts, Carey Price is 0-2-0 despite enviable statistics: a 2.02 GAA and a .918 save percentage.
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St-Louis returned to the alumni dinner held by the organization on Wednesday evening. In a video circulating on social networks, we can see glories of the past like Yvan Cournoyer, Réjean Houle, Bob Gainey, Yvon Lambert, Patrice Brisebois and Gilbert Delorme.
The former organization often faced criticism for not opening the door enough to its legends. The new version seems to want, for the moment at least, to remedy the situation.
I grew up as a Canadiens fan. I saw them play. Not Yvan Cournoyer, but I’ve seen a lot of videos of him. My father used to tell me about Yvan Cournoyer. It’s special to be in the same room as these guys. Yvan has 10 Stanley Cups, he has a lot of good stories. I was all ears yesterday. I listened to their stories. I talked a little, but listened quite a bit more.