"We are going to continue to take it a day at a time," Holmgren said at the conclusion of the skate in advance of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final at the Bell Centre Thursday. "He's getting better every day. Tomorrow, we'll see how he's doing."
Carter not only skated with the team, he remained on the ice long after many of his teammates boarded a bus bound for the hotel. In total, Carter was out there for more than an hour with some extra padding covering the left foot he broke in Game 4 of the first-round series against the New Jersey Devils on April 20.
Carter left the arena Thursday afternoon without talking to reporters. His Flyers squad holds a 2-0 advantage in the best-of-seven series, making the return of their second-leading scorer from the regular season a little less urgent.
"He's looking good, he's looking very good," said Flyers forward Simon Gagne, who missed time with a similar injury earlier in the playoffs. "He's feeling better and better every day. That's a good sign."
Ian Laperriere, who returned to practice earlier in the week, continued his comeback after tests showed he suffered a mild concussion and a brain contusion on blocked a shot in Game 5 against the Devils on April 22.
"It's encouraging to see them out there," Holmgren said. "They're still a little ways away from playing."
The addition of the 6-foot-5, 234-pounder will be a welcome sight, according to fellow blue liner Josh Gorges.
"It's great to see him back in the lineup," Gorges said. "That's a big body that brings physical presence to the team. He always seems to have a boost of energy, especially on home ice. He could get a big lick in, the crowd will get excited and that will lift the whole bench."
The Habs are expected to skate with seven defensemen, a move that will mean a forward, possibly Mathieu Darche, will sit tonight.
Musical Stalls: Rookie Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban moved into the stall that once was home to Andrei Markov, who was knocked form the playoffs in the second round with a knee injury.
"It doesn't matter to me," said Subban, who has had multiple locations inside the Montreal locker room since he was called up in the first round. "I'm not too worried about where I'm sitting."