A puck in the eye has sidelined Shane Hnidy indefinitely.

Hnidy, who turned 27 on Nov. 8, was struck in the left eye during the Ottawa Senators' morning skate on Thursday.

Though the injury is unlikely to affect his vision, the rugged defenceman will be re-evaluated by ophthalmologists at the University of Ottawa Eye Institute.

Minus Hnidy, the Senators still edged the Montreal Canadiens, 3-2 at the Corel Centre. Hnidy has two assists with 43 penalty minutes in 16 games this season, his third with the Senators.

The native of Neepawa, Man., has four goals and nine points with 184 penalty minutes in 101 NHL games.

Hnidy was originally drafted in the seventh round -- 173rd overall -- by Buffalo in 1994, but never suited up for the Sabres.

After toiling five years in the WHL and three more in the AHL, he joined the Detroit Red Wings in 1998, only to be traded to Ottawa for an eighth-round draft pick on June 25, 2000.

Hnidy debuted for the Senators on Oct. 5, 2000.