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Pacioretty (knee) sidelined for 12 weeks

Colorado Avalanche  v Montreal Canadiens

MONTREAL, QC - OCTOBER 18: Max Pacioretty #67 of the Montreal Canadiens waits of face-off during the NHL game against the Colorado Avalanche at the Bell Centre on October 18, 2014 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Canadiens defeated the Avalanche 3-2. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Max Pacioretty

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The Montreal Canadiens could be without leading goal scorer Max Pacioretty to start the 2015-16 season.

The Habs announced on Friday that the 26-year-old suffered a knee injury during an off-ice workout in Florida on Thursday.

He is expected to require 12 weeks of recovery time, which would take him to Oct. 2 – the Habs open the regular season on Oct. 7 in Toronto.

According to Ken Campbell of The Hockey News, Pacioretty will not require surgery for the injury.

Pacioretty recorded a career-high 67 points last season and led the Canadiens with 37 goals.

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