The Canadiens returned to practice Monday after their four day All-Star break. Travis Moen and Petteri Nokelainen were again not available because of injuries. As a result, centre Andreas Engqvist has recalled from Hamilton. Engqvist played Wednesday against the Detroit Red Wings and then was returned to the Bulldogs for their two weekend games against Toronto and Lake Erie.
Also on the ice was right wing Ryan White who has not played a game this season following sports hernia surgery. White practiced on a line with Mathieu Darche and Yannick Weber. He has not been cleared by team doctors to play, but expects to get the green light later this week.
Carey Price, who had a busy All-Star weekend, was excused from practice. Teh Canadiens other All-Star, Raphael Diaz took part in the practice.
There were no major changes in the Canadiens lineup that we saw Wednesday against Detroit.
Pacioretty – Desharnais – Cole
Gomez – Plekanec – Bourque
Kostitsyn – Eller – Blunden
Darche – White – Weber
Gorges -Subban |
Emelin -Kaberle |
Release from Canadiens Communications
MONTREAL – The Montreal Canadiens announced Monday that forward Andreas Engqvist has been recalled from the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs.
Assigned to the Bulldogs on January 26 the 6’01’’ and 201 lbs centre ranks third on the Bulldogs in scoring with 24 points (13 goals, 11 assists) in 29 games this season. Five of his goals were scored on the powerplay. Engqvist registered 69 shots on goal and displays a team-leading +7 plus/minus differential.
In nine games with the Canadiens this season, Engqvist, 24, recorded four blocked shots and seven hits, while averaging 6:51 of ice time per game.
The Stockholm-born forward Engqvist signed with the Canadiens as a free agent on July 13, 2009.