The Canadiens practiced this morning before they made their annual visits to St. Justine’s and the Montreal Children’s hospitals today.

Scott Gomez was not on the ice with his teammates. He suffered what is now being called a “lower body” injury early in the second period of last night’s 4-1 win over the Senators.

Jacques Martin described the injury as “day-to-day” and we’ll have to go with that until it becomes something else.

The Canadiens have another practice scheduled for Brossard tomorrow before they board their flight to Detroit for the Friday night meeting against the Red Wings. They’ll play in Toronto Saturday.

If Gomez can’t play Friday, there are a number of options. Bring P.K. Subban back into the lineup and dress seven defensemen. Finally put Dustin Boyd back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch for fourteen straight games. And there’s always the farm system. Centre David Desharnais is tearing up the American Hockey League again.

In practice today, Boyd centred Tom Pyatt and Maxim Lapierre. Jeff Halpern replaced Gomez on the line with Michael Cammalleri and Travis Moen. Everything else remained intact (Plekanec/Kostitsyn/Gionta & Eller/Pouliot/Darche). No changes on defence either.