He’s been trying to play through the injury in the road games in Los Angeles and Anaheim but it’s become too problematic. The Canadiens sent Gorges back to Montreal from Phoenix Thursday where he will be examined by team doctors.
Andrei Markov scored in the sixth round of the shootout and the Canadiens came away with a 4-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks Wednesday night. The Canadiens are now 1 and 1 through the first two games of their four game Pacific Division road trip. It was the fourth time in the five games the Canadiens have played since the Olympic break ended that wound up in overtime or a shootout.
Dustin Tokarski will make his Montreal Canadiens debut Wednesday night as the Canadiens meet the Anaheim Ducks for the second time this season when the clubs meet at the Honda Centre in Anaheim. The Ducks have won their last four games while the Canadiens had a six game points streak ended in Los Angeles Monday night.
The Canadiens filled a glaring need with the acquisition of right wing Thomas Vanek from the New York Islanders in return for Swedish prospect Sebastian Collberg and a conditional second round draft choice. In 60 games this season, dividing his time between Buffalo and the Islanders, Vanek has 21 goals and 53 points.
This is Dubnyk’s second trade in two months. On January 15th, the Edmonton Oilers traded him to the Predators in a sequence that saw him go Nashville in return for veteran forward Matt Hendricks. And hour later the Oilers got Ben Scrivens from Los Angeles for a thrid round draft pick.
Although the Canadiens continue to hide behind the “lower body injury” designation, everything, including the exercise routine went through on the ice Tuesday points to a groin issue. Price told reporters Tuesday that it’s problem that’s been bothering him for close to five weeks.
Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin has quickly developed a reputation for conservatism at the trade deadline. He was true to form this season. Tuesday he traded a 2015 5th round draft pick to the Florida Panthers in return for defenceman Mike Weaver.
A power play goal by Kings forward Jeff Carter proved to be the difference in a 2-1 win over the Canadiens Monday night in Los Angeles. It was the first of four games in the NHL’s Pacific Division. Peter Budaj was in goal for the Canadiens.
The Canadiens have played goaltender Carey Price on their injured reserve list after he was unable to take part in the Canadiens pre-game skate in Los Angeles Monday morning. Players are eligible to go on injured reserve if he is unable to play for seven days after the injury was sustained.
Peter Budaj will make his 4th consecutive start in goal for the Canadiens Monday night against the Los Angeles Kings. Carey Price remains on the sidelines with a suspected groin strain and continues to be listed as day-to-day. Ryan White will be back in the lineup after missing two games with the flu.