Lineup and Injury Updates: Boston vs Montreal (#43)

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    Habster:

    I’m a little surprised Tom Kostopoulos isn’t playing as he had a very good game against the Blackhawks (they also need a physical presence in the lineup). I hope Bryan Smolinski can improve the face-off deficiencies the Habs have had the last few games.
    Here’s the line combinations for tonight’s game against the Boston Bruins:

    Montreal:

    FORWARDS:

    Kovalev/Plekanec/A. Kostitsyn

    Latendresse/Koivu/S. Kostitsyn

    Higgins/Lapierre/Ryder

    Dandenault/Smolinski/Streit

    DEFENSE:

    Komisarek/Markov

    Hamrlik/Brisebois

    Gorges/Bouillon

    GOAL: Huet

    PRESS BOX: Kostopoulos, Locke, Begin (injured)

    Boston Bruins:

    Boston Globe (Pivotal game):

    Julien said there’s a good chance that Aaron Ward, out the last eight games with a broken left foot, could return tonight. Ward skated in yesterday’s puckless session and participated in today’s morning skate.

    * Glen Murray’s return is indefinite, according to Julien. Murray (hip flexor strain) didn’t skate today or yesterday.

    * Tim Thomas will start tonight.

    * P.J. Axelsson, Marc Savard, Marco Sturm, Chuck Kobasew, Glen Metropolit, and Peter Schaefer took this morning off.

    Tonight’s expected lineup, with Ward back in the mix:

    Forwards:

    Axelsson-Savard-Kessel

    Sturm-Krejci-Kobasew

    Lucic-Metropolit-Schaefer

    Reich-Nokelainen-Thornton

    Defense:

    Chara-Wideman

    Stuart-Ference

    Hnidy-Ward

    Goal: Thomas