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Habs Report: Montembeault to Start, Suzuki Misses Practice Again

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The Montreal Canadiens are set to face the Winnipeg Jets tonight at the Bell Centre, and the biggest question leading up to the game has been the identity of the starting goaltender.

The expectation is that Jesse Ylönen, Paul Byron, Ryan Poehling and Corey Schueneman will be inserted back into the lineup for tonight’s game. They skipped their turn against the Toronto Maple Leafs due to the ongoing player rotation from head coach Martin St. Louis, and will look to pick up where they left off for the Montreal Canadiens.

Montreal Canadiens’ Goaltending Situation

With the Montreal Canadiens having called up goaltender Cayden Primeau yesterday from the Laval Rocket, it seems fans will have to wait a little while longer for Carey Price’s return. It appears that Primeau will back up Samuel Montembeault for tonight’s game. Montembeault was the first goalie out for the morning skate and will pick up where he left off in Saturday’s tilt against the Toronto Maple Leafs, when he came into the game in the first period in relief of an injured Jake Allen.

Carey Price’s rehab continues to progress, but isn’t quite there yet. He practiced in solo with goalie coach Éric Raymond and looks to be sharp in his movements and pushing off well laterally.

Nick Suzuki Absent Again

Nick Suzuki has gone through a very long and physical season, his first full season in the NHL. He is the only player to play in every single game for the Montreal Canadiens this season, battling through adversity and continuing to play despite some nagging injuries. Suzuki has missed a few practices over the last week, opting for “Therapy Days” instead, which is completely understandable given how important he is for the team.

Suzuki is likely to suit up for the Montreal Canadiens tonight, but it’s quite obvious that this long season has taken its toll on his body.

 

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