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Mike Matheson out eight weeks, Corey Schueneman recalled

The defenceman underwent an MRI on Wednesday.

NHL: OCT 03 Maple Leafs at Canadiens Photo by Vincent Ethier/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Montreal Canadiens have placed Mike Matheson on injured reserve, and recalled Corey Schueneman from the Laval Rocket.

UPDATE: The team also announced that Matheson is expected to be out eight weeks with an abdominal muscle strain.

Matheson underwent an MRI yesterday, according to Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes. Hughes said that the positive result would be a short-term injury and that if it was months, that would be worse than expected.

Schueneman, who cleared waivers last week, can play 10 games or be on the NHL roster for 30 days before needing waivers again. He was expected to be a top-four defender for the Laval Rocket, who open their season on Friday night.

His recall allows the team to have seven healthy defencemen on the roster joining the six who were in uniform on Wednesday night as the team heads on the road.

It is bad timing for Matheson, who missed his first home opener in front of his hometown crowd, and had to greet the fans in street clothes.