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Injuries and comebacks

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

BROSSARD – Jacques Martin offers updates on Sunday night’s injuries and the Habs get a body back in the lineup.

While the Canadiens may have come back from Winnipeg with two points in hand, they also return with two more injured players in the team clinic. Following their first practice since Sunday night’s match-up, head-coach Jacques Martin provided updates on the team’s two latest casualties, Michael Cammalleri and Jaroslav Spacek.

“Cammalleri is recovering well. He should be back in about 10 to 14 days. It’s just a question of giving the cut enough time to heal. Luckily there’s no damage to the muscles, nerves or tendons, but it was still a deep cut. Our doctors will reevaluate the injury on Saturday,” explained Martin before moving on to the subject of his veteran defenseman.

“Spacek is dealing with an upper body injury,” he continued. “He’s still in a significant amount of pain right now and it looks like it’s going to be about two to three weeks. It’s still a little early to make that prediction though.”

While the Habs head-coach will have to do some lineup-juggling in the absence of Cammalleri and Spacek, he’ll also be looking forward to getting a weapon back in his arsenal as Lars Eller prepares to rejoin the team for their home-opener.

“The shoulder feels as good as ever. It’s strong and I think it should be even better than before,” said Eller who underwent shoulder surgery over the offseason and has been focused on getting back in game form ever since.

“Coming back from an injury I think it’s important to get hit for that first time. Mentally it’s a big help to get rocked a couple of times and then get back up feeling that everything is fine,” he added. “It helps you to let go and stop thinking about it. I’m looking forward to taking a few hits and dishing out a few myself too. I just want to continue building on where I ended last season.”

Called up on Monday to help fill a gap in the Canadiens roster, Aaron Palushaj will also attempt to keep building on a solid training camp, carrying his strong preseason play into Thursday’s tilt against the Flames.

“I had time to unpack only one of my bags,” mentioned Palushaj on travelling back and forth between teams. “I was excited to get the call. It’s great to be back and I’m looking forward to showing that I can definitely play here. I had a few days of hard practice and I’m ready to go Thursday night if I end up in the lineup.”

“The plan for me is to just keep moving my feet, keep doing the little things right and making smart plays; play good offensive hockey and contribute on defense,” finished Palushaj who appears set to play with Eller as a winger on the Habs fourth line, centered by Andreas Engqvist.

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