Photo: Paul Chiasson, The canadian Press
The defender Shea Weber
A duel between the Canadian and the Predators of Nashville will represent for a long time of reunion between the two formations, linked by the trade that sent Shea Weber to montreal in return of P. K. Subban on June 29, 2016.
Subban was one of the favorites in Montreal, while Weber was the face of the Predators for a decade. Two and a half years later, the two players will be only their second duel, since the transaction, that seems far away in spite of everything.
“I begin to feel that it is in the past, has acknowledged Weber, who had played 11 seasons with the Predators. Each time we face the Predators, I’m talking about, but it’s starting to be far behind. “
“This is a good team that has pulled off recently, but who is beginning to regain its bearings, has added Weber commenting on the current situation of the Predators. It is an important match for us. The teams behind us to continue to win, as the teams in front of us. We need the two points. “
The profile of Weber has always seemed to appeal to the director general of the Canadian, Marc Bergevin. In addition to excelling on the ice rink, Weber is also the leader of the Habs, he who was named captain at the beginning of the current season.
Weber has missed the first 24 games of the Canadian, while he was recovering still from the operation to a foot and a knee.
During this period, the Canadian has compiled a record of 11-8-5. Since Weber is back in the game, the Habs has a record of 11-6-0.
“I don’t think this is a coincidence, said Claude Julien about the success of his company with Weber in the training. We found our defender number one. It has an extraordinary presence both on the ice and in the locker room. “
“As a coach, you go sometimes you turn to your captain to give instructions. If it does not track, it is difficult. But if you have a captain who believes in it and who is going to go into the locker room and to reiterate the instructions, it makes a difference. Is it that the players will be even better prepared ? Probably. I am sure that it also has an impact at this level. We were doing good work before his return, but we are far better with our captain. “
Weber was wearing a sweater of the team of Finland under his uniform on Friday, since he had lost a bet with Artturi Lehkonen around the duel between the two national teams at the junior world Championships. Jesperi Kotkaniemi also improvised a journalist, which is embedded in the media scrum to tease Weber, asking him what was his favourite team in the tournament.
“He has a side gatherer. The guys love to rub Shea, said Julien. He has a good sense of humor, but knows when it is time to have fun and when it is time to work, to be focused and serious. He is someone who is easy to follow. Yes, he is not someone who is going to go long conversations, but it is his personality. “
In 121 games with the Habs, Weber has scored 28 goals and 41 helpers, including five goals and six helpers in 17 games this season.
Since Weber is still under contract until the end of the season 2025-2026, he could have played 10 seasons with the Canadian at the time to hang up his skates, eight as captain. The place that will Weber in the history of the Canadian is as yet impossible to define, but its impact in everyday life is certainly felt.
Price in his post
Also, Carey Price has left the training of the Canadian after twenty minutes, Friday, but he will be able to confront the Predators.
Julien indicated that his guardian was a victim of mild dizziness and that he had accepted that he retired to the locker room.
“It had nothing to do with the small injury he had, said Julien. The training was almost finished and we were going to practice the game. It gave him the opportunity to rest. “
31-years-old, Price was revealed Wednesday to be annoyed by an “irritation” at the bottom of the body since ” about seven weeks “. This has not prevented to achieve a clean sheet in a 2-0 victory in the face of the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday. Price was a return to the game after missing three meetings.
The attacker Brendan Gallagher was also absent from training on Friday. Hit in the left hand by a shot the night before, Gallagher took advantage instead of a day of treatments and it is expected to be in uniform in the face of Predators.