Win one – Lose one.
Gomez wore a blue jersey, meaning he has not yet been cleared for contact. He won’t play tomorrow night at the Bell Centre against Edmonton but will make the two game road trip later this week. His availability is listed as ‘doubtful’ for Thursday in Phoenix and ‘possible’ for Nashville Saturday. We might take a hint on Gomez comeback in the way Jacques Martin used him after Kostitsyn was forced to leave. Lars Eller was shifted to right wing and Gomez took over centre. Travis Moen remained on left wing.
Gomez injured the shoulder when he was hit by the Penguins Derek Engellund in the fourth minute of the Penguins game. He has already missed seven games. He is now without a goal in 35 regular season and seven playoff games.
According to Martin, Kostitsyn has been playing through a nagging injury. It finally became too much for him to handle at today’s practice. A decision on his availability for tomorrow’s game against the Oilers will be made in the morning.
……..If Kostiitsyn can’t play against the Oilers, the Canadiens will be down to eleven forwards. There are two possibilitiies. Yannick Weber is moved from defence to right wing or another trip to Montreal for Aaron Palushaj. If Palushaj is called up, it would be his fourth return to Montreal since he was assigned to the Bulldogs October 5th. Palushaj scored his first goal of the season in the 1-0 win over Lake Erie Saturday night in Hamilton. He has eight points in six games with the Bulldogs. (The Hamilton Spectator on Palushaj’s Montreal-Hamilton travel tips)
…….Alexei Emelin practiced with Hal Gill today indicated he’ll probably play against the Oilers. If Weber is moved up to right wing Raphael Diaz will also play. If Palushaj is called up and is in the lineup, Diaz will probably be a healthy scratch for the first ttime this season.
……..Max Pacioretty announced the establishment of the foundation to help the HGH Foundation raise funds needed to acquire a Functional MRI machine for the traumatic brain injury centre at the Montreal General Hospital/MUHC, a world leader in the research and treatment of concussions. The Max Pacioretty Foundation aims to raise 3.5 million dollars during the season.
To make a donation or get more information on the Functional MRI technology and its use, please visit the Montreal General Hospital Foundation Web site www.mghfoundation.com
• On line: www.mghfoundation.com
• By phone: Montreal General Hospital Foundation at (514) 934-8230
• By mail: Max Pacioretty Foundation/MGH Foundation, 1650 Cedar Avenue, SuiteE6 129, Montreal (QC), H3G 1A4