The Montreal Canadiens have re-assigned forward James T. Wyman to the Hamilton Bulldogs yesterday as it is believed Scott Gomez will be back in action tomorrow against the Maple Leafs at Bell Centre. Wyman played three games with the Habs before his demotion. He played sparingly and recorded no point.
Gomez missed the past three games with a groin injury, after leaving the Washington game on Nov. 20. Gomez only has 2 goals and 9 assists for 11 points in 22 games this season. With all the injuries to key players he really needs to step up his offensive game to help the Canadiens win games.
The next closest player to return is Matt D’Agostini who isn’t suffering any ill effects from the concussion he suffered against Chicago on Oct. 30, but he is still experiencing problems with his left knee. He was back at practice on Nov. 27, but he said he’s probably another week away from playing. However, he might be able to return tomorrow night as well against Toronto.
The newly-acquired Benoit Pouliot has yet to practice with his new teammates. He is day-to-day with a wrist injury. He might see some action later this week, but expect him to dress next week.
As for Andrei Kostitsyn, the Canadiens are still waiting for MRI results before providing a timetable for his return in the line-up. Kostitsyn suffered a lower body injury when he was struck by a puck in the Nov. 24 game against Columbus. It is reported that his foot is not broken, but the severity of the injury is still unknown.
The other players that are not close to return include Brian Gionta (foot), Hall Gill (foot) and Andrei Markov (ankle). They are back on the ice, but progressing slowly.
Tomorrow the Canadiens will host the Maple Leafs and Mike Komisarek who will be back in the Leafs’ line-up tonight against Buffalo after missing the past three-weeks with a quadriceps injury.
Today’s lines at practice:
Health scratch – Leach
Jacques Martin has yet to name the starting goaltender for tomorrow’s game.
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