Carey Price was back on the ice with his Canadiens teammates for the first time since the Olympics at Wednesday’s morning skate in Brossard.
But the goaltender left shortly after practice started after taking a shot off the leg, suffering what the club is calling a “lower-body injury”. Price won’t dress for Wednesday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN Radio 690) and won’t travel with the team to Pittsburgh, where they will face the Penguins Thursday (7 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
Price aggravated a lower-body injury he suffered in Sochi, but he was able to play through it and lead Team Canada to the gold medal. The Canadiens will re-evaluate the goaltender on Friday. The Canadiens play the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
“During the Olympics, Carey aggravated a lower-body injury,” coach Michel Therrien told reporters after the morning skate. “He will not play the next two games and he’s day-to-day.”
Therrien announced on Tuesday that Peter Budaj would get the start in goal against the Red Wings and the Canadiens recalled Dustin Tokarski from the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs after Price was injured Wednesday morning to fill the backup role.
Below is a video The Gazette’s Brenda Branswell shot of Tokarski during a Bulldogs practice when she was in Hamilton during the Olympic break.
Alex Galchenyuk will return to the Habs’ lineup against the Red Wings after missing 15 games with a broken hand. Jarred Tinordi, called up from the Hamilton Bulldogs on Sunday, will also be in the lineup.
Here’s how the lines and defence pairings looked at the morning skate:
Gallagher – Desharnais – Pacioretty
Bourque – Eller – Galchenyuk
Weise – White – Moen
Gionta – Plekanec – Briere
Markov – Emelin
Subban – Gorges
Murray – Tinordi
Drewiske – Bouillon
Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, who led Team Canada to the gold medal in Sochi (see video below from Wednesday’s morning skate) is expected to wear his lucky McGill tie behind the bench against the Habs.
(Gazette file photo/Marie-France Coallier/The Gazette)