Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme said on Friday they were “not very confident” Jeff Petry, Jake Evans or Jon Merrill will dress in set 1.
Ducharme noted that all three players are progressing and are expected to return in the near future.
The Canadians finished their sweep for the Winnipeg Jets in Game 4 on Monday without Petry, who suffers from an upper-body injury.
The defender appeared to be injured when he caught his right little finger in a camera hole in the glass during the second period of Sunday’s 5-1 win in Game 3. He was returned to the locker room, but was able to resume the action and end the period on the bench. The 33-year-old played 16:02 in the first two periods of the game and posted a plus-1 rating. He did not play in the third period.
Petry collected three assists for the Canadiens in the 2020-21 playoffs.
Beginner Alexandre Romanov made his playoff debut in place of Petry in Game 4.
Evans has been sidelined since Game 1 of the team’s second round series, when he suffered a concussion on a hit from the Jets forward. Mark Scheifele. Scheifele was suspended for four games on charges after the incident. Evans has one goal in four playoff games.
Merrill, acquired by the Detroit Red Wings trade deadline, has been out since Game 5 of the Canadiens’ first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He is scoreless in five playoff games.
Accept your role
The Canadiens are once again seen as big underdogs in their third-round series, although Ducharme has said he is embracing the playoff role.
“Personally, I like to prove people wrong,” Ducharme said on Friday.
The Canadiens will fly to Vegas on Saturday before the opening game on Monday.