The upper-body ailment that’s sidelined Lars Eller for the last two games will keep him out for another week or so, the Canadiens announced on Monday.
Eller, who at times has been Montreal’s best center this season, was hurt last week in a loss to Chicago and missed Saturday’s defeat in Dallas and Tuesday’s win over Vancouver as a result.
The 25-year-old Dane has seven goals and 11 points through 28 games this season, but is tied for the NHL lead in game-winning goals (four) and was one of the Canadiens’ top faceoff men, winning draws at a 58 percent clip.
Eller is currently being replaced in the lineup by rookie Sven Andrighetto, who has impressed by notching two points in his first two NHL contests. Last night, Andrighetto assisted on Tomas Plekanec’s game-winner against the Canucks.
Back and forth the Chicago Blackhawks and Montreal Canadiens went, before Brandon Saad provided the decisive moment.
Saad scored the winning goal for Chicago with 27 seconds remaining in regulation, giving the Blackhawks, down a goal heading into the third period, a 4-3 victory over the Habs in thrilling fashion.
The Blackhawks have now won five in a row, and eight of their last nine. Chicago jumped out to a two-goal lead against the Habs, then conceded three goals, before Jonathan Toews and Saad scored in the third for the win.
Habs center Lars Eller left the game with an upper-body injury and did not return. The Canadiens announced via Twitter that forward Sven Andrighetto has been recalled from Hamilton in the American Hockey League.
The Montreal Canadiens will be without center Lars Eller for the remainder of Friday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Canadiens announced via Twitter that Eller, 25, suffered an upper-body injury and will not return. In 27 games this season prior to Friday, Eller had seven goals and 11 points.
The Calgary Flames responded to a 2-1 shootout loss at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens last Tuesday with a commanding 6-2 win Sunday night over the Habs.
The Flames scored three unanswered to lead 3-0 after 40 minutes and added three more in the third to improve to 5-2-0 on the road this season.
Jonas Hiller made 18 saves in the win.
The loss was Montreal’s first on home ice this season dropping the Canadiens to 4-1-0 at the Bell Centre.
Josh Jooris and Markus Granlund made it 2-0 after 20 minutes. Curtis Glencross made it 3-0 with his second of the season late in the second.
After Max Pacioretty got the Canadiens on the board 37 seconds into the third, Jooris picked up his second of the night making it 4-1.
Lance Bouma gave Calgary a 5-1 lead and captain Mark Giordano picked up his third of the season into an empty net for Calgary’s sixth goal of the night.
Lars Eller had the other Habs goal.
Carey Price made 30 saves in the loss.
Lars Eller received just 5:46 of ice time Tuesday in Calgary, and he didn’t play at all in the third period, as his Montreal Canadiens were fortunate to escape with a 2-1 shootout win over the Flames.
Turns out, Eller’s benching was a sign of things to come. Tonight in Vancouver, he’ll reportedly be a healthy scratch, with coach Michel Therrien opting instead to use Brandon Prust as his third-line center.
Eller has just one goal and one assist in 10 games.
GM Marc Bergevin apparently took a few minutes to chat with the 25-year-old today, and perhaps the move to scratch him tonight is the club’s way of sending a message…
Whether a message actually needed to be sent, well, at least one Canadiens blog doesn’t seem to think so.
Eller signed a four-year, $14 million contract extension in the summer.