Brisebois has not played since a 6-3 loss at Boston on February 6. He has been sidelined after complaining of chest pains during warmups for Montreal’s game at Toronto on February 8.
The 32-year-old Brisebois, who has spent his entire 13-year career with Montreal, has four goals and 21 assists in 55 games this season.
The Canadiens have 19 games remaining and are three points behind Boston and Tampa Bay for the final two playoff berths in the Eastern Conference.
On Saturday, Montreal allowed three third-period goals in a 5-3 home loss to Toronto.
Richard Zednik scored his team-leading 25th goal to end a 10-game drought, but Yanic Perreault had his extended goalless drought extended to eight games. Saku Koivu does not have a foal in his last six games.
Montreal was 0-for-2 on the power play and is just 1-for-26 with the man advantage in its last eight contests.
The Capitals are only one point ahead of Tampa Bay for first place in the Southeast Division. They have been outscored 14-4 on their current three-game losing streak and fell to 0-2-0 on their four-game homestand with a 5-1 setback to Detroit on Saturday as defenseman Sergei Gonchar scored his 14th goal. Gonchar is second in the league among defensemen with 53 points.
Despite his club’s poor showing, Capitals coach Bruce Cassidy expressed optimism about their upcoming schedule and expects his team to be play better Monday.
“The good news is we have Montreal coming in,” he said. “We’ve got Buffalo who’s down in the standings, we’ve got Carolina later in the week at home. So we have an opportunity to beat teams that we’re ahead of in the standings right now. And that’s got to be our focus.”
The Canadiens lead the season series 1-0-1. In their 2-0 win here on February 9, rookie Mathieu Garon stopped 25 shots in his first start of the season.