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Pacioretty injury has Habs fans uneasy in Montreal

- October 17th, 2013
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Canadiens winger Max Pacioretty (centre) is helped off the ice by a trainer and teammate Lars Eller during NHL action in Winnipeg on Tuesday. (Brian Donogh/QMI Agency)

MONTREAL – The Canadiens are back from a successful 3-1 road trip through the Canadian west which featured some strong play from goaltender Carey Price, but there’s an uneasiness here heading into Thursday night’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The source of the dread is the status of front-line winger Max Pacioretty, who was injured less than five minutes into the win against the Winnipeg Jets in the final game of the trip.

Pacioretty wasn’t putting any weight on his left leg when he was helped off the ice after being taken down by Jets forward James Wright in front of the Winnipeg net.

Pacioretty had an MRI Monday and Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said there could be an update on Pacioretty’s status before the game with the Blue Jackets.

In the meantime, forward Rene Bourque has the flu and is a game-time decision, so if he can’t go, the Canadiens will play with seven defencemen tonight.

The Canadiens lines at the morning skate looked like this:
Alex Galchenyuk-Lars Eller-Brendan Gallagher
Brandon Prust-David Desharnais-Daniel Briere
Travis Moen-Tomas Plekanec-Brian Gionta
Nathan Beaulieu-Michael Bournival-Ryan White

We’ll update things later if word on Pacioretty comes down.

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