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Carey Price, Brendan Gallagher to play for Laval Rocket on Monday

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Two of the Canadiens’ stars will get brought up to speed in the AHL.

Pittsburgh Penguins v Montreal Canadiens - Game Three Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images

As part of the Montreal Canadiens’ preparation for the first game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Carey Price and Brendan Gallagher will work their way into game shape in the Laval Rocket’s final match of the season.

Gallagher has missed the last two months of action with a broken thumb, while Price has been out since sustaining a concussion in a game versus the Edmonton Oilers on April 19.

The Rocket have been missing many of their top players due to injury down the final stretch of the season, and the lack of stars impacted their finishing ability, though not the dominant style Joël Boucnard has them playing. While these moves are designed around gettting some work from the NHL stars, it’s a good injection of morale for a minor-league group that has been playing well since the opening game of the season without a playoff run of their own to look forward to.