After their home game against the Ottawa Senators, and before heading out to California on a four-game road trip, the Montreal Canadiens released a series of medical updates.
The biggest news is that, after meeting with a specialist about his shoulder injury, it has been determined that Arber Xhekaj will require surgery to repair it, and his season is now over. Despite his absence while the Canadiens have received a surge of offence from the defencemen, his five goals in 51 games of action still lead the blue-line corps.
Mise à jour médicale 4/4 :— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) February 26, 2023
Arber Xhekaj subira la semaine prochaine, une opération à l’épaule droite qui mettra un terme à sa saison. L’opération sera réalisée à Denver par le médecin Dr. Peter J. Millett.
Joel Armia’s issue has been revealed as a respiratory infection, and he won’t travel with the team.
Mise à jour médicale / Medical update 1/4 :— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) February 26, 2023
Joel Armia n’accompagnera pas l’équipe en Californie. Il est évalué sur une base quotidienne en raison d’une infection respiratoire.
Joel Armia won't travel to California. He's day to day with an upper respiratory infection.
Kirby Dach, who was originally listed as out with an illness, and then out with a combination of an illness and a lower-body injury, is now out indefinitely with that lower-body injury.
Mise à jour médicale / Medical update 2/4 :— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) February 26, 2023
Kirby Dach ne fera pas le voyage en Californie. Il sera absent pour une durée indéterminée en raison d’une blessure au bas du corps.
Kirby Dach won't travel to California. He'll be out indefinitely with a lower-body injury.
Joel Edmundson has been out of the lineup with another injury after missing the start of the season will accompany the team on the trip. This bit of news could be targeted more at general managers inquiring about his readiness than an actual return to play in one of the four games of the road trip, but being healthy enough to make the flight to San Jose is at least an encouraging sign.
Mise à jour médicale / Medical update 3/4 :— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) February 26, 2023
Joel Edmundson accompagnera l’équipe en Californie et devrait participer à l’entraînement lundi.
Joel Edmundson will travel with the team to California. He's expected to be at practice on Monday.
And lastly, while not an injury report per se, a reassignment of Corey Schueneman to the Laval Rocket suggests that Kaiden Guhle, who was wearing the normal practice jersey on Friday, is ready to return to play after eight weeks recovering from a knee injury.
Les Canadiens ont cédé le défenseur Corey Schueneman au Rocket de Laval.— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) February 26, 2023
The Canadiens have loaned defenseman Corey Schueneman to the Laval Rocket.