Practice started on a somewhat promising note. Carey Price was the first one on the ice shortly before 10:00 for the Montreal Canadiens schedule skate at 10, however, it seemed like he wasn’t going to join his teammates necessarily.
Habs skate was scheduled for 10 a.m. It is 10:02 a.m. The only ones on the ice are Carey Price and Stephane Waite.— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) November 20, 2017
However, a few minutes later, some good news again as Price was on the ice with his teammates for the first time since being injured.
Price's teammates have joined him on the ice.— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) November 20, 2017
And that wasn’t even the only good news...
Even David Schlemko is on the ice. Seriously. What a day.— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) November 20, 2017
And with the good, comes the bad, because of course it does.
Shea Weber has left the ice early, and David Schlemko is taking his place working with top PP unit.— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) November 20, 2017
And there was some good news again as Price was the goalie used for practice and didn’t show any signs of discomfort.
Carey Price, going up against the top PP unit, does not appear to be moving with any discomfort or hesitancy.— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) November 20, 2017
Here’s how the Canadiens power play lined up.
#Habs power play:— John Lu (@JohnLuTSNMtl) November 20, 2017
Drouin - Pacioretty - Galchenyuk Schlemko*
Hudon - Danault - Byron
*Filling in for Weber, who left practice early.
Interesting that the Canadiens had four forwards on both units.
Update after practice is that Price and Schlemko will both make the trip to Dallas and Nashville and Charlie Lindgren will get the start Tuesday night against Dallas. The team then has a back-to-back with the Predators on Wednesday and it’s not out of the question that Price starts there.
The Canadiens return home on Saturday to face the Buffalo Sabres.