Forward Rene Bourque admits he will be a little more alert Wednesday at the Bell Centre, when the Montreal Canadiens are home to the Washington Capitals.
"I'll probably be on the lookout," the Canadiens newcomer said of possibly being targeted because of his elbow Jan. 4 on the Caps' Nicklas Backstrom.
Bourque, then with the Calgary Flames, drew a five-game suspension from the NHL for the "reckless elbow." Backstrom remains sidelined with a concussion.
"I do not feel good about what I did," said Bourque, adding that he was prepared to face the music.
On the possibility of reprisals from the Caps, Canadiens coach Randy Cunneyworth said: "It's a new beginning for Rene ... he has already paid the price with his suspension."
The Canadiens acquired Bourque from the Flames last Thursday.
Caps general manager George McPhee told the Washington Post Tuesday that Backstrom is making progress in his recovery.
"Nick's doing really well. I'm, I guess, happy to report he's progressing," McPhee said.
Backstrom, 24, hasn't skated in 11 days.