Multimedia: MRI Friday for Gomez; Markov rehabbing in Florida for another week

Hal Gill

Hal Gill after practice, talking about his 1,000th career game on Thursday and challenges that await the team Saturday.
Stubbs video capture

The Canadiens seem unlikely to have the services of centre Scott Gomez for Saturday’s game against the 4-1-1 Toronto Maple Leafs. Gomez, who left the first period of Thursday’s 3-1 loss to the Penguins in Pittsburgh, was to see team doctors this afternoon. Head coach Jacques Martin said he’d be going for an MRI to learn more about his unspecified upper-body injury.

Defenceman Andrei Markov is going to spend a third week in Florida, according to Martin, to continue his rehabilitation under the eye of knee surgeon James Andrews. Assistant athletic therapist Nick Addey-Jibb, who was with Markov, has returned from Florida to rejoin the team.

Rearguard Jaroslav Spacek practised with the team in Brossard Friday and stayed on the ice after the majority of players had left. The timeline of his return remains uncertain.

Lines that practised today, not that this means a while lot given Martin’s propensity for shuffling his deck:

Cammalleri-Plekanec-Gionta
Pacioretty-Desharnais-Cole
Moen-Eller-Kostitsyn
Darche-Engqvist-Palushaj

The Maple Leafs, in town after the 6-2 pasting they absorbed Thursday in Boston, chose to take the day off.

• AUDIO: Jacques Martin news briefing

309 Comments

  1. HABZ24 says:

    Stop the madness leafs are ahead of habs in standings now were in deep tonight on live national tv if we had everyone healthy itd be different

  2. Clay says:

    Let’s inject some harsh reality into the discussion…if we only win one out of our next 6 games (like the first 6), missing the playoffs is a virtual certainty. Better to go for the first overall pick anyway, IMO, because this team has nothing to offer in the way of a playoff run. Would a new coach make a difference? Perhaps, but enough to really matter? Tough call, that.

    And while we’re at it, when can we stop pretending that Price is playing well? 1 win and 5 losses, a 2.83 GAA (good for 27th in the league) with a .890 save % (good for 29th in the league) – these are not good numbers.

    Not that the blame for the bad start isn’t spread equally amongst many players – but so many here keep saying Price is playing so great. Sorry, but he’s not.

    __________________________
    Anyway, I’ve never been captain in 16 years in the NHL. But that didn’t stop me being a leader in my own way.
    Guy Lafleur

    • habsguy says:

      after 6 games you want to tank the season??????

    • bleedhabs81 says:

      Tank? We haven’t seen that for a few years on here.

      In my opinion, the playoffs are never out of the question until the math says so….

    • savethepuck says:

      The harsh reality is it sounds to me like you think we are going to only get 3 points every 6 games all season. That’s on pace for 41 pts, and no team is that bad.
      As for Carey, it’s only a 6 game sample, so if you take the Colorado #’s out of his stats, his #’s don’t look as bad. A bad game will skew your stats a lot more at the beginning of the season than it will later in the season.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

  3. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …avatar (gravatar) test

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  4. jimmy shaker says:

    20 more L’s for the win/loss column and this season will be over before it even began! Give Budaj a shot!

    Shaker

  5. sc says:

    Lines:
    13-14-21
    72-81-46
    67-51-60
    32-63-52

  6. sc says:

    Moen needs to go to the 4th line

  7. Duracell3 says:

    I just learned the NBA has a lockout. lol.

  8. j2w4habs25 says:

    so gomez gets hurt – was it too much pressure?

    Carey Price #31

  9. C_exacte says:

    The positive spin on all this is that Subban & Price will have no case if they go to arbitration next summer!! “hey i’ve got 1 assist and i’m -6, 6 million please! I’ve got 1 win and 5 loses and a .890 save %, 7.5 million please!”

  10. Sportfan says:

    Ok with out bitting my head is there any signing or trade rumors going around for our team??

    Also i want to add that the lack of Captain Kurk might be effecting us too

  11. Forum Dog says:

    Fans have a right to opinions, but booing and generally freaking out doesn’t help this team one iota. If the players don’t look forward to playing on their own ice and spend half the season getting beat on in the local media (and the other half playing out of their suitcase), what kind of team do you think they’re gonna be? An upbeat, positive group willing to go out and battle for the crest every night? Or a bunch of sour, jaded, millionaires who can’t stand the city they’re playing in?

    I know, I know, they get to play in the best hockey city in the world when they’re winning. They get treated like royalty. Fans pay their salaries, they have to take the bad with the good, etc., etc., etc. But the bottom line is that Fans do have an impact on their team. When there are no fans, players lose interest. When the fans are behind them, they get pumped. And, when the fans pile on, they get worn out. Like or not, its part of the equation.

    That is not to say that the fans are the problem here. The problem is (as it has long been) a lack of size and general toughness. No one stands up or pushes back, and the D right now is far too small and weak. This leads to the other team being able to establish a strong forecheck, get traffic in front of Price, and creates an inability for Montreal to move the puck out of the zone cleanly. Players are playing tentative, and the goalie is clearly lacking confidence. A couple of wins can change that, but until the blueline gets bolstered, they will be swimming upstream. If Emelin continues to improve, and Markov gets back sooner and later, that will help. But guys like Subban and Gorges are gonna have to step their game up and get a bit meaner if the Habs hope to keep guys away from the net.

  12. HardHabits says:

    The Habs need:

    a) a #1 centre
    b) a 4th line of significance, either a crash and bang or a shut down line
    c) a more physically punishing defensive unit
    d) a lottery draft pick
    e) all of the above

  13. lavie says:

    MaxPac-Eller-AK46 can be Habs’ 1st line.

  14. The Dude says:

    Ribs and Dags lighting her up tonite…..

  15. doug19 says:

    I liked Eller in the Pitsburg game. He is fast can stick handle is a good play maker and got of a few shots. DD was not very noticable in the game, And PK seemed slow, give PK the green light I say! Pleks is not great on the PP will he get better?

  16. AK_PK_Usay says:

    @HH

    EXCELLENT POST HH, and there’s maybe 15-20 posters here who agree, but the masses tend to be hysterical and just like the bell center crowd they “pay for victories” NOT for hockey games.

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  18. axxerd says:

    Looking for opinions regarding tickets. I have tickets for the game tomorrow night in section 320, row EE I was just offered tickets for section 110 row M Should I take them? I like the fact that 320 is near centre where Habs shoot twice, but it’s also further away. Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.

    • RiverviewCanadien says:

      I have sat in different seats at the Bell. There ain’t a bad one in the house. Personal preference is a matter of opinion. But if you have never seen one before, get lower if you can.

      To note. I have sat in the 400s waaaay at the top, still great.

    • Ozmodiar says:

      320 – nice view, you can see all the action. not too high, being only 5 rows up. These are similar to what i usually buy.

      110 – closer look. you’ll get a better appreciation for the pace of the game, but won’t have a great view of the other end.

      I think I’d go with 110 if it’s a one time opportunity, and it won’t cost you much more. It gives a vantage that’s much different than TV.

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  19. Psycho29 says:

    Posted by: A. Berke
    October 21, 2011 at 6:48 pm
    Actually the other night (Tuesday) L’Antichambre showed a clip taken during practice where Gomer moved to a spot furthest away from the coach who was explaining some game strategy and he turned his back away as well.
    =======================
    Tony Marinaro talked about this today….Martin was explaining the practice drill, and Gomez was looking elsewhere. When it came time to do the drill, Gomez was lost and Gionta had to go over and explain it to him……


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