Montreal Canadiens’ goaltender Carey Price missed Monday’s practice due to what Dominique Ducharme calls a non-COVID illness. The Canadiens’ head coach says feeling less confident that he will be able to count on his starting goaltender for the start of the season.
This early in camp and with the season not started, the Canadiens are being extra prudent with their franchise player and rightfully so. Nonetheless, fans are a little bit nervous as the situation brings back memories of the 2015-16 season when Price appeared in only 12 games and his return kept being pushed back until he was finally shut down for the season.
The Canadiens recently claiming Samuel Montembeault off waivers from the Florida Panthers now seems to be related to Price not returning to the line-up on time for the start of the season.
The 34 year-old Price is thought to be the favourite to start for Team Canada’s Olympic team this winter and Habs’ fans are divided if he should go or not.
The Canadiens did have some good news however as Cole Caufield was back at practice from an upper body injury. The lines on Monday were:
Toffoli – Suzuki – Caufield
Drouin – Dvorak – Anderson
Armia – Evans – Gallagher
Lehkonen – Perreault – Belzile
Harvey-Pinard – Poehling – Ylönen
Pezzetta – Bourque
Romanov – Petry
Guhle – Savard
Chiarot – Wideman
Kulak – Fairbrother