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Kostitsyn to miss tilt with Sabres with knee injury, injured Price practises

BROSSARD, Que – Montreal Canadiens forward Andrei Kostitsyn missed practice on Friday with a suspected knee injury and will not play Saturday against the visiting Buffalo Sabres.

Kostitsyn, who did not come out for the third period of a 5-2 win Thursday night over the Philadelphia Flyers, will try to skate on Saturday and may be fit for a home game Sunday against the Carolina Hurricanes, coach Guy Carbonneau said.

Goaltender Carey Price, who has missed four games with a suspected knee injury, was back at practice and may also be ready to return on Sunday. Jaroslav Halak is to make a sixth consecutive start against the Sabres.

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With Andrei Kostitsyn out, his younger brother Sergei took his spot on a line with centre Tomas Plekanec and right winger Alex Kovalev. Recent call-up Ben Maxwell moved onto the fourth line with Steve Begin and Georges Laraque.

Injured players, Saku Koivu (lower body) Mathieu Dandeneault (broken arm) and Christopher Higgins (shoulder) did not skate.