Under normal circumstances, Canadiens' forward Max Pacioretty would take the necessary time to recover from bruised ribs, a painful injury he suffered when hit by a teammates' shot in Montreal's last game, a 2-1 loss in Buffalo.
But these are not normal circumstances. With a flood of injuries hitting the team, Pacioretty is going to try and suit up for Montreal's next game Friday in Ottawa. And that is despite Pacioretty admitting that it hurts to breathe.
Pacioretty was on the ice at Habs practice this morning, joining forward Jeff Halpern, who's day-to-day with an upper-body injury suffered against Buffalo, and Benoit Pouliot, who's missed the last two games with the flu.
Pouliot is expected to be in the lineup Friday. Pacioretty will travel to Ottawa and will be a game-time decision, while Halpern will not be making the trip.
The team also lost forward Mike Cammalleri on Tuesday with an upper-body injury. He's been placed on injured reserve, and will not be available for at least seven days.
The Habs have called up forwards Andreas Engqvist and Ryan White from their AHL affiliate in Hamilton, with Engqvist slated to suit up on Friday. White will join the club but is only likely to play if Pacioretty cannot.
The last time the Canadiens had a Swedish player in the lineup was Niklas Sundstrom in 2005-06.