The Canadiens announced that defenceman Josh Gorges had surgery on his fractured left hand Monday and will be out for an estimated four weeks. There are five weeks remaining in the regular season.
The surgery was performed by Dr. Paul Martineau. Gorges is believed to have suffered the injury when he blocked a shot with his hand during a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 1.
In 63 games this season, Gorges has 1-12-13 totals with 12 penalty minutes and is plus-7. Gorges ranks second in the NHL in blocked shots with 173, trailing only Philadelphia’s Andrew MacDonald, who has 203.
The last time the NHL played a full 82-game season in 2011-12, it took 92 points to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. That’s the same season the Canadiens finished last in the conference with 78 points. The season before, 2010-11, it took 93 points to make the playoffs
To reach 92 points this season, the Canadiens (35-24-7) would need 15 points in their final 16 games.
The Canadiens returned home Sunday after going 1-3 on their Western U.S. road trip and were given the day off Monday. They will practise Tuesday at the Bell Centre, when they will also have their official team photo taken, and then face the Boston Bruins Wednesday night at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690). The Ottawa Senators will visit the Bell Centre Saturday and then the Canadiens will be in Buffalo the next night to face the Sabres.
Brandon Prust, who has been sidelined with an upper-body injury, is expected to return to the lineup Wednesday. The Canadiens are also hoping to have Carey Price, who is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, back in goal against the Bruins. His condition will be updated at Tuesday’s practice. The Canadiens are 3-3-1 without Price since he was injured at the Olympics.
TVA’s Renaud Lavoie reported on Twitter that Price skated Monday morning.
Meanwhile, George Stroumboulopoulos was named as the new host of Hockey Night in Canada on Monday. The CBC personality will anchor NHL coverage beginning next season.
Don Cherry, Ron MacLean, Daren Millard and Jeff Marek were also announced as “cornerstones” of Rogers’s coverage when it takes over the national NHL rights. Cherry and MacLean will continue to host Coach’s Corner every Saturday.
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