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Carey Price has not accompanied the Canadian during its journey in Florida and Dallas, while Antti Niemi has had to take the relay.
Carey Price has shown that it was not expected that it will take a few days off to heal an injury he had stayed for a long time at the time when his wife had given birth, but he admitted that things are much fallen.
The goalkeeper, 31-year-old did not accompany the Canadian during its journey in Florida and Dallas, while Antti Niemi has had to take the relay. However, it has allowed Price to attend the birth of the second child of her marriage.
“It is fallen, but nothing was planned. It just happened like this, said Price about the moment where he finally took a few days to treat his injury. I feel fine now. It was nice to have a bit of time to let the dust fall back and everything is back to normal. “
Price has practiced with his teammates Wednesday, and he was affirmative when he was asked whether he would have played during the trip if he had comes to playoff games. He also indicated that he was dragging this lower-body injury for ” about seven weeks “.
However, it was still too early to know whether he would be able to face the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.
“We will wait to see how he feels (Thursday morning). If he feels pain, we are going to have to re-evaluate the situation, ” said the head coach of the Canadian, Claude Julien, who added that Price could, however, be the auxiliary of Niemi in the face of the Canucks.
Niemi has successfully fulfilled its tasks during the recent trip, helping the Canadian to win two of his three matches, despite a performance that is difficult to face the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“I think he was brilliant, told Price about Niemi. It has been severely criticized after the first matches of the trip, which was not earned, but he bounced back like the champion he is. “
Niemi has rejected 45 shots faced for the Stars, helping the Habs win 3-2 in overtime.
“We all know that Niemi has not been at its best in Tampa, and it can happen to any keeper, but it is very well bought out in Dallas in addition to have been good in the second and third periods in Florida, noted Julien. The fact that the team has played well, and that our guard reservist has played well, that is encouraging.
“During a season, you’re going to have to deal with absences due to injuries. We have been able to minimize the injuries up here, but we have each time responded well. “
In addition, he has been evasive about Andrew Shaw, who left the game in the face of the Stars in the first period. Julien is simply to say that Shaw should be assessed by the doctors and has just repeated that it was a wound to the upper body when we asked him if it was a concussion.
Joel Armia is evolved in place of Shaw in a trio completed by Artturi Lehkonen and Jesperi Kotkaniemi. On the sidelines since he suffered an injury to his knee on November 6, to face the New York Rangers, Armia has said that he felt ready to play Thursday if he received the green light from the doctors.
Defender David Schlemko was also back in training, which is key since 20 December because of an injury to the upper body.
Phillip Danault was absent. He has enjoyed a day of treatments.
Millie Price was born on December 27, becoming the first member of a quebec family Price. The guardian recalled that the first couple’s daughter, Liv, was born in British Columbia.
“The experience was a little more difficult for me, said Price. I knew what to expect this time, even if every birth is a little different. I knew the excitement of the moment. I am very proud of the way my wife has handled things. Millie is doing well, and that is another beautiful experience. “
Price also mentioned that it should not fear the nights shorter, with the presence of a baby in the house since his wife Angela and he will be supported by their family.
“We will have help in the house. My parents and my mother-in-law are here and are going to help us, which is very appreciated, ” noted Price.