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Kaiden Guhle ruled out of Saturday’s game

The defenceman suffered a lower-body injury against the Panthers on Thursday.

Montreal Canadiens v Florida Panthers Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images

The Montreal Canadiens have announced that defenceman Kaiden Guhle will miss the team’s game Saturday afternoon against the Washington Capitals with a lower-body injury.

Guhle had missed practice on Friday morning with what the team called a therapy day. It was always unlikely that the rookie defender would be able to play as he seemed to be in a lot of pain after getting tangled up with a Panthers player along the boards in Thursday night’s game.

The rookie defenceman has played in all 36 games this season and has two goals and 12 assists. He has been one of the more consistent players along the blue line this season. Chris Wideman will likely slot in for Guhle, alongside Joel Edmundson and the four remaining rookies: Arber Xhekaj, Justin Barron, Justin Harris, and Johnathan Kovacevic.

If Guhle is expected out any longer, the Canadiens can recall Mattias Norlinder, Corey Schueneman, or William Trudeau from the Laval Rocket, who are the remaining healthy players on NHL contracts in the American Hockey League.

After Saturday’s game, Montreal’s next game is in Nashville on January 3.