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Pacioretty joins growing injury list in NHL

- October 5th, 2013

MONTREAL – The season is just five days old, but the injury count is quickly mounting in the NHL.
Checking out the game notes from around the league, it looks like there are close to 70 players unavailable to their teams for tonight’s games.
There have been 545 players to play in the NHL going into Saturday night’s games, so that’s about 11.4 percent of the league’s manpower in sick bay.
The peak in last year’s shortened season was about 127 players out with injuries or sickness, so 70 seems like a pretty high number already (it includes, of course, guys injured in training camp).
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Added to the list today was Montreal Canadiens winger Max Pacioretty, who is not expected to play tonight when the Canadiens (0-1) host the Philadelphia Flyers (0-1) and Vincent Lecavalier.
Pacioretty hurt his left wrist/forearm when he was hit by Toronto’s Colton Orr in the Canadiens opener Tuesday night. He returned to the game, but was pretty ineffective.
With enforcer George Parros already out with a concussion, it’s expected rookie Michael Bournival and Ryan White will go into the Canadiens’ lineup tonight.
The starting goaltenders are expected to be Carey Price for the Canadiens and Ray Emery for the Flyers.

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