The Montreal Canadiens announced today that Ryan Poehling is out indefinitely with a concussion. He likely suffered it on Wednesday when a hit from Florida Panther Dryden Hunt sent his head hard into the glass.
Poehling continued the game and earned the game-winning assist shorthanded. Concussion symptoms can sometimes take time to appear.
Paul Byron left Thursday’s game with an injury, and was on the injured list at practice. The team also announced that Michael McCarron is out six weeks with his groin injury.
The injuries forced a shakeup at practice. It was expected that the team would make its first cuts today. Instead, Antoine Waked, and Nikita Jevpalovs were promoted into a main practice group.
Voici les groupes pour les entraînements de vendredi au Complexe sportif Bell.— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) September 20, 2019
Here are the groups being featured for Friday's practices at the Bell Sports Complex. pic.twitter.com/aHbdZkl0lT
AHL-contracted Maxim Lamarche also stayed in a main group after making his pre-season debut on Thursday. Alex Belzile did not practice after playing in back-to-back games.
At practice, Nick Suzuki played on the right of Phillip Danault and Tomas Tatar as the team tries to find combinations for the season opener.
Charles Hudon stayed with Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Joel Armia while Jordan Weal moved to centre.
Montreal announced the list of players travelling to Ottawa. Keith Kinkaid will make his pre-season debut and is expected to play the full game.
Voici la liste des joueurs qui feront le voyage à Ottawa demain.— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) September 20, 2019
Here's the list of players who'll be making the trip to Ottawa tomorrow.
The Canadiens should still make cuts, but they will come after the practices on Friday. It’s possible they may make more cuts after Saturday’s game in Ottawa. The team has four pre-season games remaining.