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Montreal Canadiens Receive More Bad News On Injury Front



Canadiens forward Kirby Dach

If the Montreal Canadiens did not have bad injury luck, they’d have no luck at all.

The team lost a pair of players prior to Thursday night’s matchup versus the New York Rangers, as both Jordan Harris and Christian Dvorak were added to the increasingly growing injury list, which includes more than a dozen names.

Canadiens head coach Martin St-Louis recently discussed the frustrating situation, which has left him handcuffed throughout the season.

The team gave medical updates regarding a fraction of the players on the injured reserve, and for the most part, it was par for the course.

In other words, nothing encouraging.

Kirby Dach, who was originally held out of the lineup for flu-like symptoms, is not expected back in the lineup any time soon. His injury has progressed to a relatively serious health situation, resulting in the 21-year-old forward absence from the lineup since Feb.14.

Seeing as he’s listed as being out indefinitely and there’s a little over a month left in the regular-season schedule, fans should not hold their breath for Dach’s return this season.

Arber Xhekaj, who had to leave the game following a fight against Oilers defenceman Vincent Desharnais, underwent successful shoulder surgery. The surgery was undertaken by the same surgeon who previously worked on Cole Caufield and Josh Anderson.

The recovery period is usually four to six months, which means the fiery defenceman should be ready to attend the start of the 2023-24 training camp.

Xhekaj’s injury was a tale of caution for the team. He’s certainly one of the toughest players in the league, but he probably shouldn’t be counted upon to fight as often as he did during his short rookie season.

And finally, Brendan Gallagher has not been ruled out of the remaining schedule, however, his three to four-week recovery period leaves few opportunities for the 28-year-old to return to the ice.

Given his long history of returning to action prematurely and the injury woes this season, the Canadiens would be wise to err on the side of caution if there’s any doubt as to Gallagher’s health status.

The Canadiens’ depleted lineup is currently missing Christian Dvorak, Jordan Harris, Justin Barron, Joel Armia, Dach, Gallagher, Jake Evans, Xhekaj, Juraj Slafkovsky, Cole Caufield, Sean Monahan, Carey Price and Paul Byron.

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John Stone

wow.. thats alot of core players right there.. This is looking like these guys are playing against teams who look to injure those type of players. And whoever said hockey wasnt a tough sport.. its starting to sound like these hockey players need to suit up in armor soon.. lol jk .. but its tough seeing alot of good players sitting out!


Wideman has played the last 2 games. Maybe you can start excluding him from your version of the injury list.


Dach’s injury being a “serious health situation” worries me. That it went from illness to lower body injury is even more concerning. If you think about how feeling sick could end up being the cause of a lower body injury, testicular cancer comes to mind. He certainly wouldn’t be the first young player to battle that either. A 19yr old Phil Kessel is a survivor. Hopefully it’s nothing like that, but I can’t imagine anything else considered lower body that would cause someone to feel ill.


I agree…this seems very suspicious. I hope he is OK, first, and it isn’t as bad as the C word. But man, this team cannot catch a break! They will break their record that they broke last season!


If we end up with Bedard as a result, all the injuries will be worth it. If not, what a nightmare it’s been.

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