Defenceman Jaroslav Spacek visited Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham Monday and received some good news. He needs arthroscopic surgery to “clean up” his right knee but should be back in the lineup in 4-6 weeks which means he should be available for the playoffs. Josh Gorges and Andrei Markov also made the trip to Birmingham for followups on their knee surgeries. Spacek said no decision has been made on where the surgery will be performed but it will be done before the end of the week. Coach Jacques Martin said the news on Spacek was welcome.
The Canadiens held an optiional morning skate. Martin said that Ryan White, who was reassigned to Hamilton yesterday afternoon and then recalled two hours later, will be in the lineup tonight while Tom Pyatt will watch from the press box. Yannick Weber and Alexandre Picard will be the healthy scratches on defence,
Former Canadien Ben Maxwell is hoping to start for the Thrashers. He’s penciled in on a line with Chris Thorburn and Eric Boulton but he’s still waiting for his U.S. immigration clearance. He’s hoping it comes through this afternoon.