Jaroslav Spacek underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee March 4th with the prognosis of a four to six week absence from the Canadiens lineup. Dead on. Today, twenty-eight days after the fact, Spacek practiced with his teammates at the Canadiens Brossard facility and he made the trip to New Jersey with his teammates. He won’t play in tomorrow’s game but should be available some time next week, perhaps as early as the Tuesday game against Chicago. He’s already missed twenty-one games since the injury surfaced February 12th against Toronto. He originally hurt the knee February 2nd in a knee-on-knee collision with Florida’s David Booth and played through the injury for five games before shutting down.
Jeff Halpern didn’t make the trip. Lower body injury. Day-to-day.
Max Pacioretty was on the ice briefly prior to the Canadiens practice. They’re talking about a mid-April return which seems overly optimistic to me. Andrei Markov also skated.
In any case, here’s the way Jacques Martin lined them up today.
No changes on defence. Gill/Subban; Hamrlik/Wisniewski; Mara/Sopel