Thursday, December 11, 2008

Latendresse and O'Byrne back into the lineup

After watching a few games from the press box forward Guillaume Latendresse and defenseman Ryan O'Byrne will be back in the Canadiens' lineup tonight against the Lightning.

Latendresse will take Chris Higgins' place in the lineup and O'Byrne will take Mathieu Dandenault's spot. Both players were injured in Tuesday's 4-1 victory against Calgary.

Montreal's expected lines for tonight:

Alex Tanguay - Robert Lang - Alexei Kovalev
Andrei Kostitsyn - Saku Koivu - Matt D'Agostini
Guillaume Latendresse - Tomas Plekanec - Sergei Kostitsyn
Steve Begin - Maxim Lapierre - Tom Kostopoulos

Andrei Markov - Josh Gorges
Roman Hamrlik - Ryan O'Byrne
Francis Bouillon - Patrice Brisebois

Jaroslav Halak

Injured players: Mike Komisarek, Chris Higgins, Mathieu Dandenault
Healthy scratches: George Laraque

Carey Price will not start tonight as he's been bothered by the flu lately. Halak will get the nod tonight. Olaf Kolzig will start for the Lightning.

Update (TSN): Forward Chris Higgins' MRI results have not been examined by team doctors so there is no firm estimate for the length of his absence. Head coach Guy Carboneau says Higgins will miss the next 2 games, but probably a full week at the very least.

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