Every player took the ice for the morning skate in San Jose after a day off on Friday. Carey Price joined his teammates midway through practice after undergoing treatment on his lower body injury.
Michael Bournival (concussion) was the lone member of the blue no-contact jersey club on Saturday morning as Brandon Prust donned a red sweater for the first time since suffering an upper body injury in mid-February. Prust received the green light from team doctors to play but will not be in the lineup against San Jose.
“Medically, he’s ready to play but he hasn’t had a full practice with the team since the Olympic break, so we want to give him at least a practice with the team before he plays a game,” explained head coach Michel Therrien. “It’s been two weeks since we’ve been able to have a real, full practice because we’ve played a lot of games in a short period of time. He’s cleared to play, but we’ll give him a few practices to get ready and he’ll be in the lineup against the Bruins on Wednesday.”
For a second time in his NHL career, Max Pacioretty has reached the 30-goal benchmark in a season. With 17 games left to go until the end of the regular season, the 27-year-old sniper hasn’t started looking ahead to the next milestone he has to cross off his Bucket List.
“I’m just worried about trying to win hockey games, [scoring 40 goals] never crossed my mind,” underlined the New Canaan, CT native. “There’s a reason I say I always love playing with Davey [Desharnais] and it’s because he’s an unselfish player. He doesn’t need the glory; he just goes out there and makes the right play. I have to credit a lot of my success to playing with him.”
Peter Budaj will enjoy his 20th outing of the year on Saturday night, looking to build on his 3-6-1 record against San Jose in 10 career starts against.
Daniel Briere will hit another career milestone against the Sharks, set to suit up for his 900th game in the league. The 36-year-old forward has 297 goals and 680 points so far in his 16-year NHL career, including nine goals and 14 points against San Jose.
Back at the Shark Tank for the first time since leaving his former team, bruising Habs blue-liner Douglas Murray isn’t about to hold back on his friends and former teammates when he hits the ice at SAP Center as a visitor on Saturday night.
“I’m a little weird; I think I actually play harder against my friends,” admitted Murray with a laugh, having left the Sharks for the Penguins at the trade deadline last year before signing as a free agent in Montreal in July. “I think the biggest thing for me is trying to stay calm and focused on my game, not looking for the big hits because I usually get myself in trouble with that. Hopefully with the experience I have I’ll try to play a solid game for us and not worry about that. If I get a chance, though, I’ll let one go.”Lines and D pairings at practice
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