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Huet ready to return... almost

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL – An antsy onlooker during the Canadiens recent skid, Cristobal Huet is almost fully recovered from his slight groin pull and eager to be back in the Habs’ crease.

“I’m feeling better everyday,” said Huet, who has been out of the lineup since suffering his injury against the Predators on Dec. 1. “We’ll reevaluate things on Wednesday and see how it goes. The team wants me to practice a few more days just in case, but I’m close to being ready to go.”

With his team having mustered only one win in three games over Huet’s absence so far, head coach Carbonneau is anxious to have his No. 1 goalie back in the lineup but not at all costs.

“Cristobal won’t play tomorrow and I think Thursday in Philadelphia would also be tough, but I won’t rule out Saturday against the Leafs,” said Carbonneau. “That being said, for him to be back he has to be at 110%, not 90 or 95. We don’t want to risk him seriously injuring himself and missing a few months instead of a few games.”

Carey Price will get the start against Vincent Lecavalier and the Lightning on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.

Manny Almela is a writer for
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