When it rains: Desharnais in walking boot, will miss Habs’ next game
The Montreal Canadiens didn’t need any more bad news.
But on Tuesday, they got some anyway.
Center David Desharnais, fourth among all Habs forwards in assists this year, was in a walking boot after taking a Tom Gilbert shot during Monday’s 6-2 beating in Arizona -- dropping the Canadiens to 8-22-1 over their last 31 games -- and won’t play tomorrow when Montreal takes on Colorado.
Desharnais has been a lightning rod in Montreal this year -- he’s one of head coach Michel Therrien’s favorite forwards, but isn’t exactly a fan favorite. Undeterred, Therrien has continued to use the diminutive pivot quite a bit, as Desharnais averages over 16 minutes a night and is second on the club in faceoff duty, trailing only Tomas Plekanec.
With Desharnais out, Montreal’s lines looked like this on Tuesday:
Alex Galchenyuk--Tomas Plekanec--Brendan Gallagher
Max Pacioretty--Lars Eller--Sven Andrighetto
Paul Byron--Jacob De La Rose--Dale Weise
Tomas Fleischmann/Lucas Lessio--Torrey Mitchell--Devante Smith-Pelly