VANCOUVER – His exposure to the NHL may be a bit sporadic, but at least Louis Leblanc is picking up frequent-flyer points.
Two days after he was assigned to Hamilton, Leblanc has been recalled from the Canadiens’ AHL farm team.
He will be available for the Saturday evening game against the mighty Canucks at Rogers Arena.
The recall of Leblanc suggests David Desharnais will not be able to play against Vancouver, a theory confirmed by Randy Cunneyworth after the team’s Friday afternoon practice..
Desharnais sustained a lower-body injury in Edmonton and played only five minutes against the Oilers.
Tomas Plekanec moved up to take DD’s spot between Erik Cole and Max Pacioretty. Lars Eller replaced Pleks between Rene Bourque and Ryan White, while Scott Gomez centred Aaron Palushaj and Blake Geoffrion. Leblanc will join Petteri Nokelainen and Brad Staubitz on the fourth line.
Andrei Markov, who was down with the flu in Edmonton, returned to practice but will not face the Canucks.