Injured Saku Koivu hopeful for playoffs

Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu said Saturday he still isn't sure whether his fractured foot will be healed in time for him to start next week's playoffs.

Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu says he still isn't sure whether his fractured foot will be healed in time for him to start the playoffs.

"What's going to happen in the future, for the first game, we'll see next week," Koivu said Saturday. "Every day it feels better, but there's not much we can tell.

"We'll know a lot more in the next couple of days."

The Canadiens were scheduled to play their regular-season final at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday (CBC, 7 p.m. ET), then open the playoffs at the Bell Centre on Thursday.

With 102 points, Montreal was tied with Pittsburgh for the top seed in the Eastern Conference entering Saturday's action.

Koivu fractured a small bone in his left foot while blocking a shot in a March 28 win in Buffalo and missed the final four games of the regular season.

"With a fractured foot, you know it's going to heal," he said. "The timing is the bummer, but there's nothing we can do about that.

"I faced a lot of adversity with illness and injuries early in my career and I've always come back, so I'll be back there when I feel ready to get into game action."

Michael Ryder, who has an unspecified leg injury, skated with his teammates Saturday morning but was told he would sit out a second straight game.

"He's not 100 per cent, so we'll give him another four or five days to get ready," coach Guy Carbonneau said.

Centre Mikhail Grabovski was to miss a third game with the flu. Defencemen Mike Komisarek (hip) and Francis Bouillon (ankle) are also out, but are expected to be ready for the playoffs.

With files from the Canadian Press