Price kept out of practice

Posted By: Abe Hefter · 1/22/2012 12:56:00 PM

The Canadiens kept goalie Carey Price out of today's fan practice at the Bell Centre as a "precaution" after he suffered a cut in the locker room following last night's 3-1 win in Toronto. 

The Habs are calling it a "lower body" injury.  They are confident that Price will be good to go when the Canadiens next return to practice, Tuesday morning at Brossard, as they look ahead to the Red Wings at the Bell Centre Wednesday night.

Price did put in an appearance, sporting a track suit, at today's fan practice and received a rousing cheer from the crowd estimated at 15,000, who chanted his name.  However, Peter Budaj was the only goaltender out on the ice as the Habs took part in some drills, a skills competition, and a brief scrimmage. 

At one end of the rink: Peter Budaj.  At the other end of the rink: a plastic cut-out of a goaltender.

Budaj said the Canadiens are coming off a "decent" road trip, taking three of a possible four points.  "If you look at the standings, it doesn't really matter what you do in one game, two games.  You've got to do it consistantly."

To take three out of a possible four over the weekend is something "we can hang out hat on a little bit," said Erik Cole.  "We'll try to carry the positives over to the Detroit game,"

Travis Moen and Petteri Nokelainen were also kept out of today's practice.  Both are hurting.

Brian Gionta also put in an appearance to greet the fans, in civvies, after undergoing bicep surgery just over a week ago.


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