Game Thread: Missing stars aside, Flyers will be tough test for Habs

Canadiens fans won't need to worry about perennial Habs killer Claude Giroux, when they face the Flyers tonight. Giroux is out indefinitely with a concussion, and had two goals in the last meeting between the two clubs, a 3-1 Flyers win.

Giroux's absence hasn't affected his team's now six-game winning streak, however. As the Habs struggled to beat back the Islanders on Tuesday, the Flyers, also without Chris Pronger and Brayden Schenn to concussion-like symptoms, pasted the Capitals 5-1.

Schenn was reported back at practice on Wednesday, and Pronger traveled to Pittsburgh for further evaluation. Yahoo! points out there is a near All-Star team suffering from concussions at present.

In the absence of two of their key players and one of their future stars, the supporting cast has stepped up. Scott Hartnell has six goals over the Broad Street winning streak, and Jaromir Jagr and Danny Briere each have eight points during that span

Despite the lopsided score on Tuesday, Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov had a busy night, making 31 saves.

Blair Betts, the guy the Habs took on waivers from the Flyers and promptly returned, has been placed on LTIR by Philadelphia. It is likely the center is out for the season.

Just as the Canadiens seemed to be getting close to a complete roster, the injuries set back in on them. Travis Moen (foot) joins Brian Gionta as the latest to be in the clinic. In Moen's absence, the Canadiens called up Mike Blunden from Hamilton on Wednesday.

Jacques Martin's defense decisions were made easier today. Rafael Diaz is out due to illness, so Alexei Emelin will be in the lineup.



Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais - Erik Cole

Mike Cammalleri - Tomas Plekanec - Andrei Kostitsyn

Mathieu Darche - Lars Eller - Louis Leblanc

Mike Blunden - Petteri Nokelainen - Yannick Weber


Josh Gorges - P.K. Subban

Tomas Kaberle - Chris Campoli

Hal Gill - Alexei Emelin


Carey Price - Peter Budaj




Scott Hartnell - Sean Couturier - Jaromir Jagr

Matt Read - Danny Briere - Wayne Simmonds

James van Riemsdyk - Max Talbot - Jakub Voracek

Jody Shelley - Harry Zolnierczyk - Zac Rinaldo


Kimmo Timonen - Braydon Coburn

Marc-Andre Bourdon - Matt Carle

Kevin Marshall - Andrej Meszaros


Ilya Bryzgalov - Sergei Bobrovsky

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