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Price to start, Froese to play center

Jonathan Drouin did not make the trip to Detroit after suffering a lower-body injury

by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL /

DETROIT - Carey Price will be making his fourth consecutive start on Thursday night, as Canadiens head coach Claude Julien confirmed the 30-year-old would face the Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena.

"If it had been a tough night for him [last night], we might've decided otherwise, but he's feeling good," the coach said of his number-one goaltender. "He's a goalie who hasn't played for three weeks, so he's pretty well-rested."

Jonathan Drouin, meanwhile, did not travel to Detroit with his teammates, instead staying behind for evaluation. No. 92, who scored on a penalty shot on Wednesday night, has a lower-body injury and is day-to-day.

To make up for his absence, Julien made several changes to his lineup. First of all, forward Daniel Carr was called up from the AHL's Laval Rocket.

"It was the right time to call him up," Julien described of Carr. "He's the player we picked and we know what he can bring. He's very good around the net, jumping on loose pucks. He works hard and he's got the right skills for scoring goals. We hope he'll bring that tonight."

Byron Froese will shore up the middle on the fourth line between Carr and Nicolas Deslauriers, as Julien announced that he'd be moving Jacob de la Rose up in response to Drouin's absence.

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