The Canadiens had the day off Thursday following Wednesday night’s 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre.
It was the third loss in a row for the Canadiens and dropped their record to 3-4-1 since Carey Price was sidelined with a lower-body injury at the conclusion of the Sochi Olymipcs. Peter Budaj has now lost four straight as a starting goalie in Price’s absence.
While the Canadiens haven’t divulged exactly what Price’s injury is, here’s what Sports Illustrated’s Michael Farber said Thursday morning on CJAD Radio-800: “To the best of my knowledge it is a knee, it’s not a groin. And it’s nothing structural, so it’s good news. It is simply tendinitis and that requires rest and rehab, and that’s precisely what the Canadiens are doing.”
The Canadiens will practise at 11 a.m. Friday in Brossard as they prepare to face the Ottawa Senators Saturday night at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690), followed by a game against the Sabres Sunday night in Buffalo (7 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
After Wednesday’s loss, the Canadiens were sitting in third place in the Atlantic Division standings with 77 points (35-25-7), one point behind the Toronto Maple Leafs (35-24-8) and 14 points behind the first-place Bruins (43-17-5). If the NHL playoffs started Thursday, the Canadiens would have been facing the Maple Leafs in the first round with Toronto holding home-ice advantage.
“I thought we played a good first period,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien told reporters after Wednesday’s game. “We controlled the pace and we had some good chances, but (Tuukka) Rask made some good saves and then we made two mistakes early in the second period and they scored.”
Said captain Brian Gionta: “We had a bunch of chances in the first period and we had a flurry in the second. (Tomas Plekanec) missed a breakaway, we had five or six shots in front and I missed an empty net. If we get one of those, maybe it’s a different game, but they scored a third one.”
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