The Canadiens have called up Andreas Engqvist from Hamilton. Step one of what may turn out to be a series of moves in order to repair the collateral damage from last night’s first perod in Buffalo.

Here it is…….very unofficially.

Michael Cammalleri has a shoulder separation. Max Pacioretty has a fractured rib. And Jeff Halpern also has a shoulder problem.

It may be unofficial, but the injuries have a truthful ring to them. Cammalleri was favouring the shoulder when he got up after being crosschecked into the boards by the Sabres Mike Weber. The Wisniewski shot that felled Pacioretty in front of the net, hit Pacioretty in that area around the ribs that has minimal protection. Halpern was boarded by serial miscreant Patrick Kaleta and was seen on the bench flexing his shoulder. His injury seemed to be the least of the three, but that’s a relative term.

So what now?

Benoit Pouliot, when his bout with the flu ends, will probably be back with Gomez and Gionta. Kostitsyn will be back with Plekanec with Eller taking Cammalleri’s place. That leaves Desharnais with Pyatt and Moen and a line that will be made up of Mathieu Darche, Engqvist and perhaps another Hamilton recall.

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As for  Engqvist, he’s a 6’4” – 200 pound centre. His name has been showing up on the Hamiton Bulldogs scoresheets with increasing regularity in recent weeks. His last three games he has 2 goals and 2 assists and plus-4. The Canadiens signed Engqvist to a free agent’s contract two seasons ago. Part of the agreement was to allow him to remain with Djurgarden of the Swedish Elite League for the final year of his contract with them. This is his rookie year in North America.

If the Canadiens have to dig deeper into their farm team, with Pacioretty and Desharnais already called up, the hottest scorer on the Bulldogs is right winger J.T. Wyman. In his last six games, the 6’2” Wyman has six goals 0 assists and is plus-4.

The soundest Bulldogs defensive player is LW/C Ryan Russell. In his last six games Russell has 2 goals, 4 assists and is plus-6. Russell now leads all remaining Bulldogs at plus-11.

Perennial prospect Ryan White missed thirteen games with a knee injury and is still trying to get his game back in shape.

Smallish RW Aaron Palushaj’s production has gone down since the Desharnais callup but he’s second to Ben Maxwell among remaining scorers with 24 points in his 33 games.

Dustin Boyd exploded for 11 goals when he first joined the Bulldogs from the Canadiens but has little to show since Desharnais was called up at the end of December.

If you’re making a bet, think Wyman and/or Russell. But Pierre Gauthier may have other ideas and other priorities. Stay tuned.