Training Update – April 20

BROSSARD – The Canadiens trained at the Bell Sports Complex on Wednesday.

A few hours before the start of practice, the club announced that forward Rafaël Harvey-Pinard has been recalled from the Laval Rocket of the AHL.

He skated with the rest of the group on the South Shore and will play against the Flyers Thursday night at the Bell Centre.

This is Harvey-Pinard’s second stint with the Canadiens this season.

The 23-year-old made his NHL debut on Dec. 28 at Tampa Bay and scored one goal.

“I’m really excited to be here. It will be another great experience,” said Harvey-Pinard, who has 51 points (19 goals, 32 assists) in 64 games with Laval. « I’m going to make the most of it. I will give everything I have to show the organization what I can do. »

Video: Rafaël Harvey-Pinard on developing his game in Laval

The former seventh-round pick’s first three appearances with Montreal have been on the road, so the game against Philadelphia will be his first at home.

It will be a unique moment…

“It’s very special. I can not wait to be there. I’ve watched the Canadiens play at the Bell Center since I was a kid. It’s such a loud rink,” said Harvey-Pinard. “I can’t wait to experience this atmosphere. It’s special to play here. »

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The young man definitely has a supporter in the person of the veteran Brendan Gallagher.

He believes that Harvey-Pinard has a bright future.

« He’s a guy who worked for everything he got. Wherever he went he was a good teammate. The coaches love having him on the team. It’s usually the guys who progress and move up the ranks. He’s very happy to listen to advice and learn,” Gallagher said. “Last year, when I went to Laval, I played a game on his line, and he’s a very intelligent player. I think for the future he has great potential and a lot of promise. He has continued to work until now, so there is no reason for that to change. He has a very good chance of staying in this league for a long time.”

Updates on Byron, Evans

Paul Byron suffered a lower-body injury in Tuesday night’s 2-0 loss to the Wild.

He needs to undergo additional medicals and will not play against the Flyers. The team should know more about his condition in the coming days.

It’s another setback for Byron, who continues to struggle with injuries after undergoing hip surgery during the season.

The 32-year-old winger has only featured in 27 games this season.

Gallagher opened up about Byron’s recent health issues.

“He has fought against all odds this year. It’s frustrating, of course. You can understand what he’s going through, and it’s not easy, so I think like a lot of us, he’s probably looking forward to the off-season to work on his body and re-energize,” Gallagher said. “We feel bad for him. He worked hard to get back into the lineup. You know Pauly is going to work to get back, to be healthy, and I hope he stays that way. »

Video: Brendan Gallagher on Harvey-Pinard potential

Jake Evans, meanwhile, is suffering from a non-COVID virus which forced him to miss Tuesday’s game. His situation is assessed on a daily basis.

Gallagher on Price: “It’s the same Pricey as usual”.

Interim head coach Martin St-Louis has not confirmed who will be the starting goaltender for the game against Philadelphia.

This news should be announced during the morning training.

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Carey Price hasn’t played back-to-back matches yet, so this will be another big test for his operated knee.

Price has been solid in his last two outings since returning to the game, posting a .918 save percentage in stopping 45 of 49 shots that hit him.

Gallagher shared his impressions of his longtime teammate.

“He looks like the same guy we’ve seen for over a decade around here. It would be nice to score a damn goal for him and give him a chance, but he does his job. We are working on that. I think our game is progressing so hopefully we can give him a win here very soon,” shared Gallagher. “It’s the same Pricey in there. He’s calm, he makes big saves and he makes it look easy. »

Price is just three starts away from playing his 700th career NHL game.

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