MONTREAL – Christopher Higgins and Francis Bouillon will have to wait another game before getting back into the Montreal Canadiens lineup.
Coach Guy Carbonneau said the two injured players have not been cleared by the team doctor and will not play Saturday night against the visiting Phoenix Coyotes.
Higgins, who has a sore groin, and Bouillon, who has a knee injury, have yet to play this season. Both are expected back for a game Monday night against the Florida Panthers.
“Our club is healthy, we’re playing well and I just felt that if they weren’t 100 per cent sure how they felt, we didn’t have to change anything,” said Carbonneau. “We have a game on Monday and then four days off, so we don’t have to push it.”
Carbonneau said he would go with the same lineup that won 4-3 in a shootout over the Boston Bruins in Montreal’s home opener on Wednesday night.
Forward Georges Laraque returned from a groin injury for that game, which put Steve Begin out of the lineup.