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Canadiens’ defenceman Davis Drewiske is expected to be out five to six months after undergoing shoulder surgery, the team announced Wednesday.
Dr. Paul Martineau, the Canadiens’ head orthopedic surgeon, performed the surgery Wednesday morning at a Montreal hospital.
Drewiske injured his shoulder on Sept. 18 during training camp and was initially expected to be sidelined for at least a month.
The Habs acquired the 28-year-old, 6-foot-2 Wisconsin native from the Los Angeles Kings in early April and signed him to a two-year contract extension in June. He played nine games for the Canadiens in April and was a healthy scratch during the playoffs.
In other injury news, forward Max Pacioretty went for medical tests on Wednesday after suffering a lower-body injury during the Canadiens’ 3-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday. The team said it hopes to have more details and provide an update on Thursday.
The Canadiens didn’t practice on Wednesday after arriving back early in the morning from Winnipeg. The Habs face the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., RDS, TSN-Habs, TSN 690 Radio)