Montreal Canadiens-Pittsburgh Penguins: Habs Make Post Christmas Roster Moves

Kevin van SteendelaarAnalyst IDecember 27, 2008

The Montreal Canadiens have made some roster changes having returned from their Christmas roster freeze.

Enforcer Georges Laraque will be placed on Injured Reserve due to his recurring groin problem.

"He hasn't been able to play two games in a row for us and we have to get to the bottom of this," Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau said after today's morning's skate in Pittsburgh.

Kyle Chipchura and Max Pacioretty were both called up from the Hamilton Bulldogs as insurance today. Neither player was at the morning skate and are unlikely to be used in tonight's game against the Penguins.

Some good news for the Canadiens however, as Andrei Kostitsyn will be ready after missing the last two games with a leg injury. He will be reunited with linemates Alex Kovalev and Tomas Plekanec.

With his return to the lineup, Kostitsyn's younger brother Sergei will return to the fourth line with Ben Maxwell and Steve Begin, but will get time on the power play and penalty killing units, according to coach Carbonneau.