Mathieu Schneider skated for about 15 minutes with his teammates Wednesday morning but has been ruled out for Game 4. But even though Alex Tanguay didn't skate this morning, he remains a game time decision, Bob Gainey said.
The Habs also announced that Patrice Brisebois did not play in Game 3 due to a lower body injury and he is still not available to play tonight, so Gainey will use the same six defencemen he did in Game 3.
Carey Price will be Gainey's man in goal, even though giving Jaroslav Halak a shot in nets appears to be the only way the Canadiens could possibly pull off the impossible and win the next four straight. It's almost as though Gainey is admitting his team can't win the season, so why shatter his franchise goalie's confidence by pulling him now. Better to let him get through this exprience as a whole.
Yes, Game 3 was the time to give Halak a shot, but I still feel Halak has proven before that he can steal four straight games and he should be given an opportunity. It's yet another example of why a GM should not be behind the bench.
No clear evidence of line changes for tonight's game, with Koivu, Kovalev and Andrei Kostitsyn practising with the first power play unit and Tomas Plekanec, Matt D'Agostini and Christopher Higgins on the second. Yannick Weber will be on both units, paired with Roman Hamrlik and Josh Gorges.
"You won't be seeing any Knute Rockne coming out of me," Gainey said. "Let's play. We want to play. We earned a chance to play when we earned our playoff spot."