Andrei Kostitsyn, having missed the past two games with the flu, was back on Brossard practice ice this morning.
Alex Kovalev was missing, his red jersey being filled by… Gregory Stewart. Also not on the ice were defenceman Mathieu Schneider and forward Georges Laraque. Nothing mysterious about the three absentees – "therapy days," the team says.
Matt D’Agostini was wearing a sweater that made him a spare part on a line with Plekanec and the Brothers Kostitsyn, though coach Bob Gainey said he needed to talk with Andrei K before deciding that’s he up to play tomorrow vs. Chicago.
Defenceman Francis Bouillon took part in his first hard practice since being sidelined Feb. 21 (15 games ago) with a groin injury. Bouillon said that while he wouldn’t call it a setback, he experienced pain pushing off and will be ready to return when he’s ready. In other words, don’t look for him Thursday against the Islanders, as was rumoured last week.
Carey Price (audio courtesy Andie Bennett of Team 990) starts in goal tomorrow.