Injury-ravaged Canadiens minus Slafkovsky for 3 months, Armia and Evans indefinitely
Team already without Gallagher long-term along with Monahan, Drouin, Jake Allen
The Montreal Canadiens say forward Juraj Slafkovsky will be out three months with a lower-body injury.
Montreal provided an injury update on several players Wednesday, a day after placing forwards Slafkovsky, Joel Armia and Jake Evans on injured reserve.
Slafkovsky, the first overall pick in the 2022 NHL draft, sustained the injury in Montreal's 2-1 win over the New York Rangers on Sunday. The Canadiens said the injury does not require surgery.
He has four goals and 10 points in 39 games this season.
The Canadiens also said Armia (upper-body injury) will be out until the Feb. 2-5 all-star break and Evans (lower-body) eight to 10 weeks.
Armia had an assist in 18 minutes and 25 seconds of ice time against the Rangers.
Evans was injured in Montreal's 2-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday.
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Additionally, forward Jonathan Drouin is out until the all-star break with an upper-body injury and goaltender Jake Allen is sidelined a minimum of one week with an upper-body injury.
Also, forward Sean Monahan was placed on long-term injured reserve. He has not played since sustaining a lower-body injury in a Dec. 5 overtime loss at Vancouver.
The Canadiens say Monahan is continuing his on-ice rehab by himself and "progressing well."
Montreal is also without forward Brendan Gallagher, who will be out at least another five weeks with a lower-body injury.
Montreal recalled Rafael Harvey-Pinard and Rem Pitlick from the American Hockey League's Laval Rocket on an emergency basis.
Harvey-Pinard has 25 points (15 goals, 10 assists) in 37 games with the Rocket, while Pitlick has 22 points (five goals, 17 assists) in 18 appearances. He also has one goal in 14 games with the Canadiens this season.
Both players were in the lineup on Tuesday.
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