Andrei Kostitsyn a game-time decision; Price to start - 11-25-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

The already beat-up Canadiens could be without forward Andrei Kostitsyn (above, right) who will be a game-time decision tonight due to what is described as a "lower-body" injury. He was injured when he blocked a shot in last night's 5-3 win against the Blue Jackets. in 24 games this season, Kostitsyn has 10 points (two goals, eight assists).

With Kostitsyn dinged up, the Canadiens recalled forward David Desharnais from Hamilton of the AHL. Due to the busy travel weekend in the United States, the Canadiens hired a limousine and drove Desharnais to Pittsburgh from Hamilton. Desharnais has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in seven AHL games this season.

The Habs will start goaltender Carey Price despite the fact he started less than 24 hours ago. He made 33 saves in the win against Columbus. He is 7-8-1 this season with a 2.85 goals against average and .911 save percentage. All-time against the Penguins, he is 4-2-0 with a 2.97 goals against average and .902 save percentage.

Prices first career win in the NHL was a 3-2 win at Mellon Arena, Oct. 10, 2007 in which he made 26 saves.


-Penguins forward Tyler Kennedy (groin/hip) and defenseman Kris Letang (shoulder) were cleared for contact in practice but will not play tonight (PG+).

(Photo: Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

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