The Canadiens held an optional skate Monday morning as they prepare to face the Carolina Hurricanes Monday night at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., RDS, TSN Radio 690).
It will be the 300th career NHL start for Price, who is coming off a 3-0 shutout win over the New York Rangers on Saturday. Price has a 17-6-4 record this season and ranks 15th in the NHL in goals-against average (2.28) and 24th in save percentage (.915).
Meanwhile, P.K. Subban has been named the NHL’s second star for the month of March behind Sidney Crosby. Subban led all NHL defencemen with 18 points (7-11-18) in 14 games and collected points in nine of 14 games in March. Subban leads all NHL defencemen with 10 goals and ranks third in points with 27 in 28 games.
Crosby led all NHL scorers in March with 6-19-25 totals in 15 games as the Penguins became the first team in NHL history to post a perfect record for a calendar month (minimum 10 games). Crosby is now out of the Penguins lineup indefinitely after suffering a broken jaw Saturday after being hit in the mouth with a shot during a win against the New York Islanders.
Rene Bourque (concussion) and Ryan White (ankle) skated with Canadiens strength and conditioning coach Pierre Allard before joining their teammates for Monday’s morning skate. Players not taking part in the optional skate were Price, Tomas Plekanec, Max Pacioretty, Michael Ryder, Lars Eller, Travis Moen and Francis Bouillon.
The Canadiens also announced that forward Olivier Archambault, the team’s fourth-round pick at the 2011 NHL entry draft, will join the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs on an amateur tryout.
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