With Carey Price having a recurrence of the same injury he suffered earlier in the season against the Edmonton Oilers, the Montreal Canadiens recalled Dustin Tokarski from the St. John's IceCaps of the American Hockey League.
Alexander Semin also left Wednesday night's game against the New York Rangers with a lower body injury and did not return. Christian Thomas will take the roster spot that Semin's placement on the Injured Reserve created.
Canadiens recalled goaltender Dustin Tokarski and forward Christian Thomas from the @IceCapsAHL tonight.— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) November 26, 2015
The Canadiens have had pretty good luck in the injury department in recent years, but now their forward depth is going to be tested. With Torrey Mitchell and Brendan Gallagher already sidelined with injuries, they will now have to do without the services of Semin — another right-hand shot — as well.
Tokarski did not start a game in his previous recall, with Mike Condon shouldering the load. Tokarski was up with the Canadiens for eight games in early November before being sent down last week before the trip to Brooklyn.
Since being sent back to the AHL, Tokarski was a scratch last Friday night due to him travelling to St. John's, and backed up Fucale the next night. In six games this season, Tokarski has struggled with a 2-2-2 record, a 3.45 GAA, and .891 save percentage.
Originally thought to be the backup for the Canadiens this season, Tokarski struggled in camp and lost his job to Condon. He has split time in the AHL with Zachary Fucale in St. John's. Due to the IceCaps schedule and his call-up to Montreal, Tokarski has not played in a game since October 28, when he allowed five goals on 28 shots against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
It would be expected for Tokarski to get the call on Saturday night in the second half of the home-and-home with the New Jersey Devils.
The Canadiens now have 13 healthy forwards, and it has already been announced that Bud Holloway will draw into the lineup on Friday night against the New Jersey Devils. It will be his NHL debut. He has been a healthy scratch the last two games.
The Thomas recall indicates that the Canadiens did not want to be left with only 12 able-bodied forwards before a back-to-back situation. He will start off as a healthy scratch for Friday's game. Thomas has seven goals and seven assists for 14 points in 18 games this season.
Tim Bozon and Eddie Pasquale were recalled to St. John's from the Brampton Beast of the ECHL to fill the void.