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Habs Report: Anderson Leaves Practice, Barron & Allen Out For Season

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The Montreal Canadiens have not had it easy over the last month, playing 16 games over the previous 30 days. That’s a lot of hockey in a limited amount of time, which could increase the likelihood of injury, and it seems to be catching up with them during the last moments of this injury-filled season.

 

Justin Barron and Jake Allen Out For The Season

The Montreal Canadiens announced that defenceman Justin Barron and goalie Jake Allen will miss the remainder of the season. Barron suffered an ankle injury in a 6-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators on April 5, and Allen sustained a groin injury in a 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs this past Saturday at the Bell Centre.

Thankfully for Barron, the team reported that his injury would not require surgery, and he should be ready for training camp next fall. The team also noted that Allen’s injury was not the same one that forced him to miss two months earlier this season.

Josh Anderson Leaves Practice Early

Anderson, who looked noticeably bothered yesterday while playing a hard-nosed and intense game against the Winnipeg Jets, left practice after just a few minutes on the ice. The veteran winger has been battling injuries all season, likely brought on by his crash-and-bang physical style. It was later announced that Anderson left practice to undergo some treatment, confirming that he is indeed carrying a nagging injury with him that required some attention.

Suzuki and Byron To Travel With Montreal Canadiens

Nick Suzuki has been absent from every practice over the past week as the Montreal Canadiens’ young centre has been doing his best to remain in the lineup despite the heavy physical toll of his first full NHL season. Suzuki is routinely used in all situations and plays over 20 minutes a game. His prominent play since the arrival of St. Louis has made him the target of aggressive forecheckers, which have done their best to take the young pivot out with a timely hit or some quick slashes to the legs. Suzuki continues to show great perseverance through the pain and hasn’t shown any signs during games that he will miss any time. With nine games left on the season, he’s more than earned a rest from practice to heal some lingering minor injuries.

Paul Byron has also been battling an injury and opted for a therapy day. The Montreal Canadiens veteran has also battled to stay healthy this season, as he only came back from major hip surgery on January 30. He was then sidelined once again after taking a dangerous hit against the Buffalo Sabres on February 22, which kept him out for another two weeks. Paul Byron is a warrior that is used to playing through a lot of pain, and is expected to travel with the team to Columbus tomorrow.

 

Carey Price to Travel With Montreal Canadiens to Columbus

Carey Price is close to a return for the Montreal Canadiens, but it won’t be in Columbus. The veteran goaltender will be travelling with the team to Columbus and will continue to practice with his teammates but is not yet ready to play. The Canadiens do have a back-to-back situation on Friday and Saturday, as they play the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals, respectively; could we see the long-awaited return of the Habs’ franchise goaltender at that time? As Martin St. Louis has preached for over a week now, only Carey Price has the answer to that question.

 

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