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You could probably suit up for the Montreal Canadiens at this point

Nov 10, 2011, 3:13 PM EST

Max Pacioretty Injured

“When it rains, it pours” is a rather tired cliche.

So thank goodness for the Montreal Canadiens, who have spiced up the old line:

“When it rains, it pours…then there’s Montreal, where the deluge takes out half the hockey team.”

The Canadiens will be without six regulars tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes. Andrei Markov, Chris Campoli and Ryan White are all on injured reserve. Scott Gomez got the green light to return to action, but he’ll be a scratch. Andrei Kostitsyn will miss his second straight game with a lower body injury and Mike Cammalleri will also be held out, also with a lower-body injury.

That leaves Montreal with forward lines looking something like this:

Max PaciorettyTomas PlekanecBrian Gionta
Mathieu DarcheDavid DesharnaisErik Cole
Travis MoenLars EllerAaron Palushaj
Michael Blunden – Petteri NokelainenYannick Weber

Palushaj was called up from Hamilton of the AHL on Wednesday. Weber is a defensman lining up at forward. Blunden has only played in seven games this year. Yikes.

Meanwhile, the Coyotes have won three of their last four at home, are close to full health and have two of the league’s hottest players in Radim Vrbata (nine points in his last five games) and Mike Smith (6-2-2, 2.36 GAA, .926 save percentage.)

Did we mention Phoenix has also enjoyed a five-day break, having not played since beating Edmonton 4-2 last Saturday?

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 10, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    If something happens to Price next I’ll be waiting for a call from Jacques Martin

  2. brucewaynewins - Nov 10, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    The Montreal Canadiens were an awesome parent club to our local minor league team. For the first time since we switched to the Panthers (super sad face :( ….) I’m glad. This would be impacting our team with our guys going up to the AHL and our team could use all the help it needs this season. One of the members of our Kelly Cup Championship team is on the Montreal roster. Very proud to see him make it.

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