Cammalleri not ready to return to action

Cammalleri hopes to travel with the team for a three game west-coast road trip that begins on...

Cammalleri hopes to travel with the team for a three game west-coast road trip that begins on Sunday with an open air game in Calgary. He has fond memories of his last outdoor game in 2001, when he played for the University of Michigan. (MARTIN CHEVALIER/QMI AGENCY)

Jean-Philippe Bertrand, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:41 PM ET

MONTREAL – Canadiens forward Michael Cammalleri took the ice Monday for the first time since he injured his left shoulder last month, but he’s still not ready to suit up for a Tuesday evening home game against Buffalo.

“I can’t play in the next game,” he told reporters at the Habs’ practice facility near Montreal. I have no trouble shooting but I still can’t take hits.”

Cammalleri hopes to travel with the team for a three game west-coast road trip that begins on Sunday with an open air game in Calgary. He has fond memories of his last outdoor game in 2001, when he played for the University of Michigan.

“Believe me, I definitely want to play in that game,” said Cammalleri, the Canadiens’ fourth-leading scorer with 31 points in 44 games.

Pacioretty won’t miss action

Third-year left winger Max Pacioretty had his bosses on edge when he left the ice with an injury in the third period of Saturday’s 3-0 win over Toronto. The 22-year-old didn’t suffer any lasting effects and practiced with the team on Monday.

“I’m lucky I dodged that one,” said Pacioretty, who did not reveal the nature of his upper-body injury. “I was hurt in the second period and things got worse in the third when Luke Schenn checked me.”

The young winger has been on a hot streak with seven points in his last six games.


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