BROSSARD - The Canadiens announced on Friday morning that they had called up goaltender Zach Fucale on an emergency basis after Al Montoya sustained an upper-body injury.
The 22-year-old has played five games in net for the AHL's Laval Rocket.
Fucale has a 4-1-0 record, a 3.46 goals-against average and a .881 save percentage this season.
The Habs held an optional practice the morning after their 3-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild and ahead of their Saturday showdown with the Buffalo Sabres.
Jonathan Drouin and Shea Weber took part in the skate after missing Thursday night's game (with an upper-body and lower-body injury, respectively). Weber said that he felt good after practice. He is expected to skate again on Saturday morning and a decision on his playing status for that night's game against the Sabres will be made afterwards.
The other players who skated were Torrey Mitchell, Charles Hudon, Byron Froese, Jacob de la Rose, Brandon Davidson, Victor Mete and Charlie Lindgren.
For his part, Carey Price was once again on the ice alone with goalie coach Stephane Waite earlier in the morning.
More details to follow...