Gionta played in Montreal's 4-1 road victory against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night. He rejoined the team Tuesday after attending to a family emergency and played in a 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames on Wednesday.
"We don't know when he's going to come back," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said after practice at Rogers Arena on Friday. "He's an important part of our team. He's a good leader, but right now I don't know when he's going to come back."
Therrien confirmed that no callups will be made prior to the game Saturday and Ryan White will be back in the lineup after sitting out against the Oilers.
You forget how good [Nieuwendyk] was. You hear the points and stuff and you almost forget until they kind of walk you through his career, and that was really cool for me. I might have felt it a little more than some of the other guys because he was one of my favorites growing up, but that was very cool and I'm honored to have been a part of it. I had chills the entire ceremony.
— Calgary's Joe Colborne on the "Forever a Flame" ceremony for Joe Nieuwendyk