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Montreal Canadiens send Laurent Dauphin, Xavier Ouellet back to the Laval Rocket

The duo will be available for the Rocket game Friday.

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

The Montreal Canadiens have sent forward Laurent Dauphin and defenceman Xavier Ouellet to the American Hockey League’s Laval Rocket on Friday.

The pair were on the Canadiens’ taxi squad and will both be available to play against the Stockton Heat on Friday night at the Bell Centre.

Ouellet played in three NHL games this season, but did not get a point. He subsequently was replaced by Victor Mete who has solidified his spot on the third pairing. He has one goal and one assist in eight AHL games this season. Dauphin did not get into an NHL game this season. He has two goals and one assist in seven AHL games.

The Rocket have played the same defenders for the entire West coast road trip where they went 7-0-1. This will allow Joël Bouchard to rest one of those six. At forward, the team was struggling with injuries and in their last game only had 12 healthy forwards. Dauphin will help strengthen the depth in case none of the injured players are ready to return.

Dauphin can also play centre and wing and the Rocket have three centres dealing with injuries.