Cleared to play
Canadiens forward Guillaume Latendresse will miss tonight’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs with an upper-body injury, returning Michael Ryder to the lineup from the pressbox.
Andrei Kostitsyn, who didn’t take part in Friday’s practice and was on the bubble pending this morning’s game-day skate, will play. Goalie Cristobal Huet has been cleared to return to action, having missed the last five games with a groin injury. Huet will back up Carey Price tonight, which sends Jaroslav Halak back to the Hamilton Bulldogs.
Coach Guy Carbonneau’s projected lines:
Higgins – Koivu – Sergei Kostitsyn; Andrei Kostitsyn – Plekanec – Kovalev; Ryder – Chipchura – Dandenault; Streit – Lapierre – Kostopoulos