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Montreal Canadiens captain Shea Weber to return for Game 1

Apr 23, 2021; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber (6) skates against the Calgary Flames during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 23, 2021; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber (6) skates against the Calgary Flames during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens captain Shea Weber practiced with the team for a second consecutive day Wednesday and will be in the lineup for Thursday night’s playoff opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Weber, a 35-year-old defenseman, hasn’t played since sustaining an upper-body injury last month, missing the Canadiens’ final eight regular-season games.

He last played in the Canadiens’ 4-1 loss to the Maple Leafs on April 28.

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“Obviously, it’s going to be his first game, so we’re going to adjust to the situation, keeping in mind that he is coming back in the lineup,” said interim coach Dominique Ducharme. “But he’s such a pro. He’s a guy that takes care of himself, works out really hard, is in a great shape. We don’t want to overload any of our players. We’ll keep that in mind for Shea, especially his first game.”

Games 1 and 2 (Saturday, 7 p.m. ET) are in Toronto.

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Weber recorded 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) in 48 games this season. He has 589 points (224 goals, 365 assists) in 1,038 career NHL games with the Nashville Predators (2005-16) and Canadiens.

–Field Level Media