UPDATE – The Canadiens have re-called Aaron Palushaj from the Hamilton Bulldogs only two days after he was assigned to the team. He’ll replace Max Pacioretty who has been ruled out for tomorrow night’s game against Philadelphia.
Rumour has it Max Pacioretty suffered a broken left wrist when he tangled with Florida’s Mike Weaver late in the second period of last night’s game at the Bell Centre. Pacioretty had a date with team doctors today and we’ll have to wait until tomorrow for some kind of announcement.
If rumour becomes fact the Canadiens are back down to the twenty player limit meaning , if Aaron Palushaj isn’t re-called from Hamilton, Alexei Emelin will draw back into the lineup tomorrow night against Philadelphiia.
At this morning’s practice, Jacques Martin moved Mathieu Darche up to replace Pacioretty on the Desharnais line and used Emelin as the left winger on the fourth line with Petteri Nokelainen and Michael Blunden. Nice experiment but not likely to wind up in tomorrow’s game plan. Odds are Yannick Weber will go back up front and Emelin will be on defense, probably next to Jaroslav Spacek.
Scott Gomez was also missing from the morning practice, although he skated on his own. He is out with a suspected shoulder problem for the rest of this week and will be re-evaluated next week. After their game Saturday against Boston, the Canadiens will have six days off before meeting Ottawa on Friday November 4th.
The Canadiens tinkered with their power play during Tuesday’s practice. On one unit Tomas Plekanec was taken off the point and Michael Cammalleri practiced beside Yannick Weber. Plekanec centered Brian Gionta and Erik Cole. David Desharnais, Lars Eller, Andre Kostitsyn, P.K. Subban and Raphael Diaz made up the second unit.