Petry injured his right hand when he caught a finger in the opening for photographers in the bay window during the third meeting of the series against the Jets. He missed the next game. For his part, Merrill has not played since May 27, a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs in which he also injured his upper body.
The defensive duos of the last game against the Jets have therefore remained intact. Cale Fleury, who has not taken part in any CH game this season, was among the players in training alongside Xavier Ouellet.
In attack, the lines remained identical to those of the last game. Tomas Tatar, inactive since May 27 against the Leafs, was performing rehearsals with Michael Frolik and Alex Belzile.
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On Wednesday, the players trained in the gym and were treated to a visit from former player, general manager and head coach Bob Gainey.
It was no surprise for the players to see Bob Gainey yesterday, said coach Dominique Ducharme.
It’s something we do internally. It’s to instill the right way to play.
He talked about how to deal with adversity, how you go about moving from series to series. He took up a few examples from his career.
Young Alexander Romanov appeared in front of the media for a rare time after training. In videoconference, he admitted not having enjoyed the last few weeks because he was forced to watch his teammates from the top of the stands.
It was hard to see the guys jumping on the ice, with the fans in the stands, he explained, saying that he experienced strong emotions in front of the atmosphere that reigned at the Bell Center.
Integrated into the lineup in Game 4 against the Jets, due to Petry’s injury, the Russian was used for 9:27.
I felt good. I feel I have the confidence of my coach and my teammates and it helps me do my job.
100% ready play playoff hockey, if he’s called up again against the Avalanche or the Golden Knights.
The game seems faster in the playoffs, but maybe it was because I hadn’t played in a month, he mentioned.
Anyone who still has some difficulty with English nevertheless manages to communicate well with the coaching staff, says Ducharme.
You don’t need to use a translator. To explain something to him, we will use different ways. He’s making good progress on that side as well.
We are happy with his progress. He will be with us for a long time. He has a bright future, and we work with him on a daily basis.
As for Merrill, Ducharme hopes to see him again in uniform soon.
We think we will find him in the next series, but exactly what game, it’s difficult to assess.
This is one of the reasons why we joined Fleury, to be ready for any eventuality., he added.
A second dose for the players
The Habs also took the opportunity to give a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to its players and coaching staff, said senior vice-president of public affairs and communications, Paul Wilson. These precautions were taken in preparation for a trip to the United States.
Not bad 100% [des joueurs ont été vaccinés, NDLR]. Just about everyone got it, said Ducharme about the rate of adherence of his players to the vaccination operation.
Due to the reorganization of the confrontations according to the points accumulated during the season, the Canadian knows that he will face in the next round the winner of the series between the Colorado Avalanche and the Vegas Golden Knights. The Nevada team could secure their ticket to the Stanley Cup semi-finals as early as Thursday night.