Most would agree Chris Higgins has been the best Canadien so far this season.
Higgins will miss Tuesday’s game against Edmonton with a sprained ankle after Colin White rode Higgins in to the boards Saturday night.
Higgins leads the team in goals, points and is tied for league lead in short handed goals with 3.
In his absence rookie Guillaume Latendresse will be moved to the first line to play alongside Saku Koivu and Michael Ryder.
Another attempt to jump start Latendresse who has yet to score this year. He was supposed to get more time when Samsonov was struggling and complaining to the media but it didn’t really happen.
Now he’ll get a chance with Koivu and Ryder and more powerplay time.
The longer he goes without a goal or making an impact the worse it looks on Gainey and Carbonneau who kept the 18 year old on the roster.