Education 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 AHL’s Laval Rocket.

He has been skating with the rest of the group on the South Beach and will play against the Flyers at Bell Center on Thursday night.

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

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

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

Video: Rafaël Harvey-Pinard developing his game at Laval

The first three games of the former seventh-round draft with Montreal were away, so it will be his first home game against Philadelphia.

It will be a unique moment…

“It’s so special. I can’t wait to be there. I’ve watched the Canadiens play at Bell Center since I was a kid. It’s a very loud track,” 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 Harvey-Pinard has a bright future.

“He’s a guy who works for everything he has. He was a good teammate wherever he went. The coaches love to have him on the team. It’s usually men who move forward and rise to the top. He’s very happy to listen to advice and learn,” said Gallagher. “I played a game in his line when I went to Laval last year and he is a very smart player. I think it has great potential and a lot of promise for the future. He has continued to work until now, so there is no reason for that to change. The chances of staying in this league for a long time are very high.”

Updates on Byron, Evans

Paul Byron He suffered a lower body injury in a 2-0 defeat to Wild on Tuesday night.

He needs to pass an additional health check and will not be playing against the Flyers. The team will know more about its status in the coming days.

Another setback for Byron, who continues to struggle with injuries after undergoing hip surgery throughout the season.

The 32-year-old player has only played in 27 games this season.

Gallagher spoke about Byron’s recent health issues.

“He’s fought against everything this year. Of course it’s frustrating. You can understand what he’s been through, and it’s not easy, so like most of us, he’s probably looking forward to the off-season to work on his body and re-energize it,” Gallagher said. “We feel bad for him. He worked hard to get back in line. You know Pauly will work to get back, to be healthy, and I hope it stays that way.”

Video: Brendan Gallagher on Harvey-Pinard potential

Jake Evans, meanwhile, is suffering from a non-COVID virus that forced him to miss Tuesday’s game. Its condition is evaluated daily.

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Interim head coach Martin St-Louis has not confirmed who will be the first baseman for their game against Philadelphia.

This news must be announced during morning practice.

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Carey Price He hasn’t played back-to-back matches yet, so it will be another big test for the operative series.

Price has remained solid in his last two games since returning to the game, posting a save percentage of .918, stopping 45 of his 49 shots.

Gallagher shared his impressions of his longtime teammate.

“He’s like the guy we’ve seen around here for over a decade. It would be nice to score a goal for him and give him a chance, but he’s doing his job. We’re working on that. I think our game is progressing, I hope we can give him a win here very soon,” Gallagher said. Same with Pricey. Calm, making big saves and making it look easy.”

Price is just three starts to play the 700th NHL game of his career.