Jake Allen will be back in net for the Canadiens for a second game in 24 hours on Thursday at the Bell Center against the Winnipeg Jets.
Dominique Ducharme announced it on Thursday, at the end of the afternoon, and at the same time indicated that Carey Price was not ready to return to the game.
“He is followed by our doctors, he needs a little time. We think that somewhere next week, he will be back, ”explained the Canadiens head coach.
Price has a lower-body injury, an injury he had dragged on for some time, Ducharme said earlier this week.
“It just got a little worse. We do not want to arrive in a situation where it is worse and that he has to be absent for a long time, recalled Ducharme, Thursday. We want to be careful. That's why he will have a few rest games. "
His injury resulted in musical chair play in front of the net. Thus, Cayden Primeau was recalled from Laval and acted as Allen's auxiliary on Wednesday. Charlie Lindgren was sold to the Laval Rocket on Thursday morning. To replace him in the reserve team, Michael McNiven does the opposite.
Ducharme did not rule out Primeau getting a start while waiting for Price's return. “There is a possibility. We have to see how it goes with Jake and when Carey is coming back. We don't close the door. We like what we've seen from Cayden to Laval since the start of the year. He tasted the NHL last year, ”recalled the CH pilot.
Ducharme will use exactly the same training as Wednesday in Toronto. He also said he would deploy the same combinations “at the start” of the game.