The Montreal Canadiens announced they have placed defenceman Shea Weber on injured reserve with a lower-body injury.
Claude Julien says Shea Weber to IR with a lower body injury. Swelling, and they don’t know how serious the injury is. Out at least a week.
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Shea Weber Placed On IR
As the Canadiens took to the ice Thursday morning prior to the game against the Anaheim Ducks, there was no sign of Weber. Head coach Claude Julien informed the media that Weber suffered a lower-body injury in the game the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night. During the game, Weber blocked a shot, however, the injury is unrelated to that. It is unclear what is exactly ailing Weber. The Canadiens announced he will be out at least a week.
Tomas Tatar and Ryan Poehling Questionable
With the flu going around the NHL one of the teams hit hardest has been the Canadiens. The team announced that Jordan Weal is out against the Ducks. In addition, Julien announced Tomas Tatar and Ryan Poehling are both questionable with flu-like symptoms.
With Weber missing practice on Wednesday, the Canadiens announced they recalled defenceman Xavier Ouellet from Laval of the AHL. Ouellet will replace Weber in the lineup for at least a week. This is Ouellet’s first call up of the season. He played 19 games with the Canadiens during the 2018-19 season. In 39 games in the AHL this season, the 26-year-old leads all Rocket defencemen with nine goals and 24 points. and points.
Joining Ouellet in Montreal will be Jack Evans. Evans was recalled Thursday morning. There is a chance Evans gets into the game on Thursday night with several players questionable to play. In 48 games this season with the Rockets, Evans leads all players with 34 points (12 goals and 22 assists).
In addition, the Canadiens received some good news as Victor Mete should be back in the lineup Thursday night. While Jonathan Drouin could suit up either Saturday night or Monday night according to Julien.