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Montreal Canadiens Organizational Injury Report

Brendan Gallagher's much-needed return was immediately followed up with a few more key players going down with ailments.

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Returned from injury

Brendan Gallagher (RW, NHL) was injured blocking a shot on November 22nd, suffering two fractures in his left hand. He returned at the Winter Classic on January 1st.

Alexei Emelin (D, NHL) has been playing with a fractured foot for "a few weeks" according to Michel Therrien, although it hasn't caused him to lose any time (whether that's a good thing or not is a matter of debate).

Michael McCarron (C, AHL) took a slapshot to the neck on December 30th and missed two games for the IceCaps. He returned on January 8th.

Magnus Nygren (D, SHL) missed games in December for Farjestad BK due to "overexertion." He was scheduled to return when the SHL resumed its schedule on Boxing Day, but didn't return until the first week of January.

Martin Reway (F, NLA) returned from a short bout of bronchitis, having missed three games for Fribourg-Gottéron.

On The Shelf

Tom Gilbert (D, NHL) was injured on December 22nd and was placed on IR. He resumed skating this past week, but has yet to take part in a full practice.

Dale Weise (RW, NHL) was injured at the Winter Classic on January 1st when he took a slapshot off his arm. It was initially expected that he would miss two-three weeks, and has missed three games thus far, resuming skating with the team in recent days.

Jeff Petry (D, NHL) was listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury as of January 8th. This is the second injury for Petry in less than a month as he was injured on December 19th against Dallas when he took a solid bodycheck from Jamie Benn. He missed two games and returned on December 27th.

Carey Price (G, NHL) has been sidelined since November 25th. The initial report called for a minimum six weeks absence for the all-star goaltender, although the current prognosis is calling for at least nine weeks. The exact nature of his lower-body injury has not been announced, but it is widely speculated to be a knee injury that required non-surgical rehabilitation.

Nikita Scherbak (RW, AHL) was injured on November 13th when he was crushed by a massive hit that put him back on the shelf. The injury has been clarified as a re-occurring ankle injury that has followed Scherbak since training camp. The team has decided to shut him down until he is fully healed, which is currently estimated at sometime later this month. He has missed 20 games thus far.

Connor Crisp (LW, AHL) has missed the last 25 games for the IceCaps after being injured on October 30. No information has been officially released on the nature of his injury, although he is skating and taking part in practice with the team.

Ryan Johnston (D, AHL), Rebecca Johnston's brother has not played since the Red vs. White scrimmage on September 20th. He had back surgery and is out indefinitely. The average recovery time for his surgery (discectomy surgery on L5-S1 herniation) before physical exertion can begin is about four months. He is expected to resume skating with the IceCaps this week.