Audio from the dressing room and Carbo’s media briefing:
The executive summary: Goalie Carey Price said he felt about 90 per cent today after a practice that saw him on the ice longer than the Canadiens expected. Head coach Guy Carbonneau said Jaro Halak starts Saturday, and depending on how he does and feels, he could go again Sunday. No need to rush Price at this point.
Price quietly said his injury began in his left quad and moved down to his knee, so it’s not groin or hip.
Andrei Kostitsyn saw a doctor today. No damage done from his knee-on-knee hit by the Flyers’ Scott Hartnell last night, but Carbo hopes GM Bob Gainey has serious thoughts about discussing it with the league. Kostitsyn is day-to-day, but definitely out for Saturday’s game vs. Buffalo.
Happy birthday to Robert Lang, 38 today and the Canadiens’ leading scorer. He’s proven to be much more than a consolation prize in the sorry Mats Sundin Sweepstakes.
Ben Maxwell is expected to stay up with the Christmas roster freeze, which kicks in today. Maxwell says it will be his first Christmas away from home, but he’s happy, needless to say, to be in Montreal.