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Hurtin’ Habs: Drewiske (shoulder) out a month; Bouillon, Murray day-to-day

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Heading into training camp, the Montreal Canadiens had a logjam of defensemen on NHL contracts.

Now, that’s starting to look like a good thing.

On Thursday, the club announced Davis Drewiske suffered a shoulder injury during yesterday’s practice, one that will keep him of the lineup for four weeks. That puts the 28-year-old on the shelf alongside fellow blueliners Francis Bouillon and Douglas Murray, both of whom are day-to-day with lower-body injuries.

The Habs went into training camp already down the services of defenseman Alexei Emelin, who is still recovering from surgery on his torn ACL.

So, what does this all mean for the depth chart?

Assuming Bouillon and Murray are recovered for the start of the regular season, they’ll likely be among the top six defenseman along with P.K. Subban, Andrei Markov, Josh Gorges and Raphael Diaz.

This still leaves the likes of Jarred Tinordi and Nathan Beaulieu fighting for spots on the big team. The two former first-rounders should push, and it’s possible the Drewiske injury could keep one (or both) of them around to open the year.

Matt Niskanen injured by Patrice Bergeron boarding hit

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 18:  Matt Niskanen #2 of the Washington Capitals takes the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game Three of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on April 18, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The Washington Capitals defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 6-1.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Patrice Bergeron doesn’t have a reputation for dirty hits, but he drew the Washington Capitals’ ire for a hit on Matt Niskanen.

The Capitals consider Niskanen “probable” to return to Wednesday’s game against the Boston Bruins with what they’re calling an upper-body injury. Bergeron received a two-minute boarding penalty for the infraction.

Video will be added to this post shortly. In the meantime, here’s a GIF of the hit:

The Capitals’ Twitter acknowledged the brewing bad feelings.

Does Bergeron deserve supplemental discipline for that boarding hit?

Washington currently leads the game 3-2.

Ouch: NHL official helped off ice after puck to knee (Video)

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There are plenty of hazards on an NHL rink even if you’re not a player.

Barry Trotz ranks among the coaches who’ve been hit by pucks, though he’s one of the tiny sliver of humans who would shake off a puck to the forehead. It can be dangerous for officials, too, whether it means a wayward puck or wayward player.

The latest example comes in the form of linesman Steve Miller needing help off the ice after a puck hit him in the knee area. As you can see from the video, it looked like he was in serious pain.

Video: Tyler Bozak with some saucy moves on this goal

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It’s refreshing that hockey fans have, for the most part, moved on from debating Tyler Bozak‘s merits.

The general feeling is that the Toronto Maple Leafs use him in appropriate ways these days, so we can simply enjoy his work as a pretty spiffy hockey player.

Speaking of spiffy, check out the sweet moves he made against the Minnesota Wild for the goal above. Feels like you could dub over a Chris Berman “whoop” or two in there, right?

(If you’re into that kind of thing.)

Here’s that gaudy move in isolation and in GIF form:

WATCH LIVE: Bruins at Capitals – Wednesday Night Rivalry

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Even with two games in hand, some might be surprised to see the Washington Capitals tied with the Boston Bruins in standings points in early December.

That’s the case on Wednesday Night Rivalry, as a somewhat up-and-down Capitals team (which is glad to welcome T.J. Oshie back) hosts a Bruins squad that’s riding a three-game winning streak.

It should be an interesting matchup on NBCSN, which you can also watch online or via the NBC Sports App.

Click here for the livestream.