Michael Ryder will return to the Canadiens lineup for Tuesday’s home game against the Buffalo Sabres (7:30 p,m., TSN, RDS, TSN-690 Radio). Ryder missed Saturday’s game in New Jersey with an undisclosed injury but he was reunited with linemates Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta at practice Monday and coach Michel Therrien said he was good to go against the Sabres.
There was good news elsewhere on the injury front. Yannick Weber (lower body), Rene Bourque (concussion) and Brandon Prust all skated under the watchful eye of strength and conditioning coach Pierre Allard. Therrien said he wasn’t sure when any of the injured players would be cleared for action but he said they were all “making progress.”
Defenceman Raphael Diaz (concussion) is also making progress although not as quickly as the others. He has been working out in the gym but hasn’t been cleared to skate.
Diaz’s spot has been filled by rookie Jarred Tinordi, who had an impressive debut in New Jersey where he assisted on the game-winning goal by Tomas Plekanec and was plus-2 in a 2-1 victory.
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