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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Montreal Canadiens Injury Update: Spacek and Cammalleri out 2-3 weeks

The Montreal Canadiens will be without winger Mike Cammalleri and rearguard Jaroslav Spacek for the next two-to-three weeks following the injuries they sustained during Sunday's 5-1 win against the Winnipeg Jets.

Cammalleri sustained a deep leg laceration when Yannick Weber cut his leg in the period, while Spacek sustained a probable rib injury when he was checked by Evander Kane into the boards also in the first frame.

Forward lines at practice:
Moen-Plekanec-Cole
Pacioretty-Gomez-Gionta
Darche-Desharnais-Kostitsyn
Eller-Engqvist-Palushaj

Lars Eller is slated to make a return on Thursday against the Calgary Flames at Bell Centre.

Defensive pairings:
Gill-Subban
Gorges-Diaz
Emelin-Weber

Yannick Weber was back on defense after playing part of the last two games on the blue line following injuries. The Habs have very inexperienced blue line with Spacek and Markov out of the line up for the upcoming weeks at the earliest. Newly-signed rearguard Chris Campoli will also miss an extended period of time (in terms of weeks) after suffering a hamstring injury in the season opener on Saturday. That's three veteran defensemen that you have to replace.

The Habs also lost their insurance policy when they put Jeff Woywitka on waivers before the season and saw him claimed by the New York Rangers.

Look for GM Pierre Gauthier to get defensive help very soon as he can't afford to go with this personnel for an extended period of time.

The Canadiens and the Maple Leafs are rumored to be talking to each other as the Habs need an NHL defenseman and the Maple Leafs have a surplus of quality rearguards at their disposal.

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Fred is a freelance sports write and translator, as well as a featured Montreal Canadiens blogger on http://hockeyindependent.com/blog/ and a baseball columnist on http://www.dobberbaseball.com/. Fred joined HabsAddict in time for the 2011-12 season.

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