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Canadiens notebook: Carey Price skates; Jonathan Drouin skips practice

There was good news on the Carey Price front Wednesday as the goaltender skated for the first time since he suffered a minor lower-body injury in last Thursday’s 6-3 loss in Minnesota. Price was on the ice in full equipment at 9 a.m. and skated for about 30 minutes. He was accompanied by defenceman David Schlemko, who is on the injured reserve list as he recovers from hand surgery.

There were two absentees at the regular practice later in the morning as Andrew Shaw and Jonathan Drouin took therapy days. Drouin missed the third period of Tuesday’s 3-2 win over Vegas after suffering what the team described as an upper-body injury. Julien said it was 50-50 whether either player would be ready Thursday to face the Minnesota Wild (7:30 p.m. TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio).

Coach Claude Julien said Price’s appearance on the ice was the “first step” in his return. He said the goaltender would be evaluated on a day-to-day basis, but noted that he was on the ice by himself.

Charlie Lindgren will make his third consecutive start in goal against the Wild.

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