True, the Montreal Canadiens trail the Boston Bruins 3-0 in their Eastern Conference playoff series.

But there is a ray of light, be it ever so small, for the Habs.

Forward Alex Tanguay and defenceman Mathieu Schneider, both dealing with injuries, might be able to play when the Canadiens host the Bruins Wednesday (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7 p.m. ET).

Montreal head coach and general manager Bob Gainey was asked whether Tanguay or Schneider might be available for Game 4, and he answered that those two may not be the only ones making a return.

"We have a number of players [injured] and all of them are on their skates now," Gainey said after Montreal's 4-2 loss to Boston on Monday night.

"We understand what the game Wednesday represents, so we'll be re-evaluating everybody."

This could also mean that defenceman Andrei Markov and centre Robert Lang might be back in the lineup for Game 4, along with Tanguay and Schneider.  

Hockey Night in Canada analyst Elliotte Friedman attended the Habs' optional skate on Tuesday and reported on his Twitter page that seven or eight players were on the ice.

Friedman also tweeted that Gainey doesn't know "if any of the injured players will return" for Wednesday's game.