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Tyler Toffoli expected to be out for three-game Edmonton series

The Canadiens leading scorer will miss at least four games.

NHL: MAR 19 Canucks at Canadiens Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens interim head coach Dominique Ducharme announced after the team’s morning skate that forward Tyler Toffoli is expected to be out for at least three more games.

Toffoli missed the team’s last game against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday, and is expected to return after the team’s series against the Edmonton Oilers. Artturi Lehkonen played in his place, and will do so again on Monday night.

The lower-body injury occurred late in Friday’s overtime loss to the Canucks. Toffoli has 18 goals and nine assists in 30 games this season. No Canadiens player has more than 12 goals, and he is tied with Jeff Petry for the team’s points lead.

If everything goes to plan, Toffoli will return when the Canadiens host the Ottawa Senators on Sunday, March 28. The Canadiens do not play on Saturday.

Carey Price will start in goal for the Canadiens on Monday, and no lineup changes are expected from Saturday’s game.