BROSSARD — It is to believe that hoodoo is keen on defender David Schlemko since his arrival with the Montreal canadiens.
While it had good moments since the opening of training camp, Schlemko has been the victim of an injury to a knee which could keep him out of the game for six weeks, announced head coach Claude Julien, on Friday noon.
During his press conference in Brossard, Julien said that the injury occurred during Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, without, however, specifying the circumstances or what the knee had been hit. It is only after the encounter, Schlemko would have really felt the consequences, ” added Julien.
Schlemko has played throughout the game against the Maple Leafs and has even scored his lone goal of the training camp, at a digital advantage in the third period.
On the eve of his final exit from the calendar preparatory, Saturday, in Ottawa, the Canadian has eight defenders in health. The list includes Xavier Ouellet and Simon Despres, who have skated together Friday in Brossard and are expected to face the Senators.
“We’re going to have to adjust. This is the reason why we do not want to ever wear hasty judgements and announce that such a player remains here, and that another does not remain with us. We still have a tough game to play, and who knows what can happen. There will be no change until after the game tomorrow [Saturday],” said Julien, who has not disclosed his formation for the clash against the Senators.
Last year, Schlemko had suffered an injury to the back of the right hand from the first moments of the camp of the Habs, and had to wait until November 29 before playing his first match with the Canadian. A wound to the upper body was also taken away from the game in march. He eventually played in 37 parts, and recorded five points, including a goal.
Mete and Juulsen separated
The absence of Schlemko, who had been with Jordie Benn on Wednesday against the Maple Leafs, has naturally led to changes in the composition of the duos on the defensive.
Beyond Benn, who trained with Karl Alzner, Victor Mete has been separated from Noah Juulsen and was transferred to the sides of Jeff Petry. Juulsen is found to the right of Mike Reilly.
“We change the pairs for the simple fact of the change. Sometimes during matches, you change players here and there. Once we have our team, we’ll surely spend more time to pair the players. And from time to time, we will take into account the teams that we are going to face,” explained Julien.
In Mete, Petry found a defender in the style quite similar to his own.
“We are two players whose strong point is the skating, and who love to support the offensive. What is important is to anticipate the actions of another, we can ensure that we are not all the two to attack, and to communicate well,” said Petry.
Against the Maple Leafs on Wednesday night, Petry has experienced an evening difficult. Two bad games from him in the beginning of the third period with a score of 2-2, and while the Canadian played with the advantage of a man, have led to as many goals to the opponent. The Canadian is possibly tilted 5-3.
In three games since the start of the camp, Petry has one assist and has a ratio defensive – 5, the worst in Canada, tied with Jonathan Drouin.
“There is definitely room for improvement in my game, has recognized the U.s. 30 years ago. There is still a bit of work to do and I still have the last match preparatory to remove the rust and begin to feel comfortable in preparation for the beginning of the season.”