The Montreal Canadiens will be without left wing Max Pacioretty and perhaps left wing Rene Bourque as well when they take on the Columbus Blue Jackets at Bell Centre on Thursday night.

Pacioretty left the Canadiens' 3-0 win Tuesday against the Winnipeg Jets in the first period with a lower-body injury having to be helped off the ice while putting no weight on his left leg and wincing in pain.

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said the team was still awaiting the results of an MRI taken Wednesday night amid rampant speculation in Montreal about the severity of Pacioretty’s injury. When he said the team did not have the results of the MRI as of early Thursday afternoon a few reporters chuckled.

"What are you laughing at? We don't know yet" Therrien said. "I'm as eager to know as you are. Maybe even a little more eager than you are."

Therrien said the results of the MRI should be known later Thursday.

As for Bourque he missed the morning skate Thursday with what the team called a flu bug and his status is questionable for the game against Columbus.

Without Bourque and Pacioretty the Canadiens practiced with 11 forwards but Therrien said there would be no recall from the minors in time for the game. If Bourque is unable to play rookie defenseman Nathan Beaulieu will play at left wing on the fourth line.

As for Columbus coach Todd Richards said he will go with the same lineup that lost 2-1 to the Red Wings in Detroit on Tuesday meaning forward Nick Foligno will miss his second game due to a personal matter.