I would be tempted to believe RDS when they report that Mathieu Schneider received good news on his bum shoulder from the specialist he saw yesterday. The fact he was on the ice at the morning skate is definitely a good sign.
Of course, it was RDS that reported Schneider's season was finished on Monday, but that may have also been true because the Canadiens medical staff may have indeed recommended surgery.
In any case, if Schneider could come back for the first round it would provide a glimmer of hope for the Canadiens to succeed.
But he won't be back tonight, and the Canadiens would be best served to wrap up the necssary point in the standings in Boston and eliminate any potential for high drama Saturday. We are all too aware fo what can happen when the Habs need a single point on the final night of the season to make the playoffs, are we not?
It appears that Bob Gainey will relent in his stubborn refusal to play Mathieu Dandenault on defence, which is also good news. I shudder to think what would have happened to Yannick Weber in a 5-on-5 situation with Milan Lucic bearing down on him on a dump in.