As the countdown continues to the Heritage Classic, the Habs are getting ready to welcome a few bodies back to their lineup and not a moment too soon.
After sitting out four games with an upper body injury, blue line rock Hal Gill appears ready to make his return. The news is also promising for Michael Cammalleri who after missing 12 games with a separated shoulder, might be ready in time to hit the ice on Sunday
“Hal and Cammy skated today and they will have another practice tomorrow. Then we will see how they’re feeling,” explained Habs head coach Jacques Martin. “Hopefully they will both be ready to go.”
Following his full-on practice with this teammates, Gill looked every bit like a guy with no intention of missing on Sunday’s spectacle.
“It was a good day to get out there with the guys and take part in some drills again,” said Gill. “It felt good and I’m excited about getting back in the lineup soon.”
The good news on the medical front didn’t end with Gill and Cammalleri. The prognosis on James Wisniewski was just as encouraging.
“James is day-to-day. We’re gave him a little bit of rest today and he will be re-evaluated tomorrow,” said Martin of Habs defenseman who left Thursday’s game and was rushed to the hospital after being struck in the face with a shot. “It’s possible James can be ready by Sunday. He is in better shape than we expected and that’s the most important thing right now.”
Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com
Habs Notebook - Feb. 18, 2011
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