For the last five games, Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has worn a multi-function heart monitor, the wristwatch receiver clipped into the back of his pants.
Price’s pulse tops out at 190 beats per minute during the game with an average of 120 bpm, which includes pregame and intermissions.
“I wear it in practice and I’ve been curious,” Price told The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs. “I never knew what (calories) I burned during a game. It will give me a good idea what I should be eating and how many calories I should be consuming.”
Heading into Wednesday’s game in Philadelphia (7:30 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN Radio 690), Price has a 18-6-4 record with three shutouts, a 2.24 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage.
The Canadiens got some good news on the injury front Wednesday morning as Raphael Diaz skated in Brossard for the first time since suffering a concussion on Feb. 25. Rene Bourque and Raphael Diaz, also recovering from concussions, skated in Brossard as well.
Meanwhile, defenceman Davis Drewiske, acquired from the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, skated with his new teammates at the Habs morning skate in Philadelphia. Drewiske will be in the lineup against the Flyers with Price starting in goal. Mike Blunden will take the place of injured forward Colby Armstrong, who suffered what the team is calling a “lower-body injury” during Monday’s win over Carolina. Armstrong has been placed on injured reserve with what appears to be a knee injury. Ryan White will be a healthy scratch.
“There are some different things with the system here as opposed to what they do in LA, so this morning (the coaches and I) went over that and what they expect from me,” Drewiske told reporters in Philadelphia after the morning skate. “They want me to be a good defender, a good penalty killer, move pucks quickly and chip in offensively when I can.”
Coach Michel Therrien also announced that Peter Budaj will start in goal Thursday when the Winnipeg Jets visit the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., RDS, TSN-HABS, TSN Radio 690). Budaj’s parents will be in town for the game and Therrien admitted that played a role in his decision, but the coach added that Budaj has been playing well and deserves a start. Budaj has a 5-1-1 record with one shutout, a 2.47 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage.
Therrien wouldn’t give a timetable for Armstrong’s return to the lineup, but said he hopes he’ll be back in time for the playoffs.
Here’s a look at the lines and defence pairings from the morning skate:
Forwards: Pacioretty-Desharnais-Gallagher; Ryder-Plekanec-Gionta; Galchenyuk-Eller-Prust; White-Halpern-Moen/Blunden. Defence: Bouillon-Drewiske; Gorges-Subban; Markov-Emelin; Kaberle-Weber.
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