Max Pacioretty skated in practice today and should be in the line-up against the Ottawa Senators Friday night. After passing a battery of tests and x-rays on Wednesday, Doctors report that all the results were negative for broken ribs; it was diagnosed as bruised ribs.
James Wisniewski comment on Pacioretty “Guys just keep getting stronger and bigger while the technology keeps improving too. In the end it makes for harder shots. You have pucks coming at you at over 100 miles-per-hour,” said Wisniewski, whose slap-shot dinged Pacioretty on Tuesday night. “It’s a big part of the reason that more and more guys are trying to get more protection on their skates and other places. It’s all part of sacrificing your body for the team.”
Benoit Pouliot was also back with the team in practice; he had missed two games due to an illness.
Michael Cammalleri did not skate with the team today, his still nursing his dislocated shoulder. He did mention that he will not need surgery, just time to heal. Cammy also commented today “It’s unfortunate. I was excited to get back from being sick. We still have some tests to do to try determine exactly what’s going on, so I don’t really know what it’s going to look like as far as timelines go, having guys get hurt is always a hard thing to deal with. It’s tough on everyone, on all the individuals and the team as a whole. Like it was tough for me this morning to call Josh Gorges and ask him how his surgery went. Injuries are really the worst part of this business. You just have to try and stay optimistic and keep going.”
Jeff Halpern is still at home nursing is upper body injury. The Canadiens haven’t commented on the injury as of yet.
David Desharnais had this to say about the recent recall of former AHL teammates Andreas Engqvist and Ryan White “Engqvist is a great forward, he’s a big guy with a lot of talent and he plays great on the PK. White is one of the guys with the most character that I’ve seen in my time playing hockey. He’s a warrior who’s never scared, never backs down from anything. He’s a great guy and a great teammate and I’m glad that he’s going to be here.”