Cleared for action
The Gazette’s Pat Hickey reports that defenceman Patrice Brisebois and forwards Steve Bégin and Bryan Smolinski were on the ice at Canadiens’ practice today.
Brisebois is the only one cleared for action. He’s available for the game against Tampa Bay at the Bell Centre tomorrow but probably won’t be dressed as coach Guy Carbonneau said he’d like to stick with the lineup that won two games in Florida and lost a heartbreaker to the Rangers.
Bégin will be ready in a week or two. Smolinski says he’s ready, but Carbo indicated the veteran would remain on the shelf for two to four weeks. Cristobal Huet will make his fourth consecutive start in nets.
More details here from Manny Almela at canadiens.com.