The Canadian will need to continue its momentum without goalkeeper Carey Price

Le Canadien devra poursuivre sur sa lancée sans le gardien Carey Price

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Antti Niemi will defend the net from the Canadian on Friday in the face of the Panthers, replacing Carey Price.

The Canadian will be deprived of an important part in his return to the game after the Christmas break, as Carey Price will miss the appointment-you face the Panthers of Florida because of a lower-body injury.

The team announced mid-day Thursday, that Price was not aboard the plane in the direction of Florida. The goalkeeper, 31-year-old had dropped out of training a little earlier, but head coach Claude Julien had no information to give after the session.

Antti Niemi will defend, so the net of the Canadian (19-13-5) Friday to face the Panthers. It will be a first outing since 11 December, when he was granted seven goals in 46 min 10 sec game in a defeat of 7-1 against the Wild in Minnesota.

The last duel the Panthers (15-14-6) had done good publicity, even if it had taken place in the course calendar preparatory, on the 19th of September last. Max Domi had beaten the defender Aaron Ekblad in the face with a fist underhanded. A few days later, Ekblad had stated that accounts would be settled.

For Domi, who had been suspended for the remainder of the calendar preparatory to his gesture, the page seems to have been turned. “Honestly, I’m focused on the game, he said. All our games are like playoff games, currently. It is a hockey game and we want the two points, we want to start this trip off on the right foot. “

The Canadian will then be in Tampa Saturday to face the Lightning, and he will conclude his trip in the Holiday season on December 31, crossing the iron with the Stars, in Dallas.

Domi believes the leave of absence of four days of Christmas could prove to be beneficial. “Four days, it is not so long that it, but a leave of absence like the one above can become a weapon if it is used properly, he said. You don’t have often the opportunity to sit for a season and we must use this time.

“We were able to rest, and then we had a good workout to get back our timing and we are ready to continue the season. “

The Canadian had concluded the first portion of the sequence of six away games on a good note, beating the Coyotes in Arizona and the Golden Knights Vegas after having dropped the flag against the Colorado Avalanche.

The victory in Las Vegas — a win in overtime of a 4-3 marked by a hat trick by Phillip Danault — had been particularly impressive, as the Golden Knights have not lost in their six previous releases in front of their supporters.

“I’m going to remind them of what we have done well in this game,” said the head coach of the Canadian, Claude Julien, on the way in which he would take for his troops to continue on its own momentum.

“When the team is skating well, it closes the game quickly, and it creates scoring chances, he added. We say this since the beginning of the season that we have a team that plays quickly, and this is what we did in our last game. I encourage the players to do so as often as possible. With a packed schedule, this is not always easy, but it is what makes our success. “

Forwards Brendan Gallagher and Andrew Shaw have missed the training session. Gallagher was suffering from ” flu-like symptoms “, while Shaw had been given permission to skip his turn for family reasons. The two have, however, taken the plane in the direction of Florida with their teammates as the winger Joel Armia.

On the sidelines since he suffered an injury to his knee on November 6, to face the New York Rangers, Armia trained with his team-mates, but had to avoid contact. Julien has mentioned that he doubted that Armia will make his return to the game during the trip.

Julien also noted that the absence of defender David Schlemko is expected to last ” a week or maybe two.” His name was entered on Wednesday on the injured list retroactively as of the date of the 20 December due to an injury to the upper body.

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