When it rains: Desharnais in walking boot, will miss Habs’ next game

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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 PaciorettyLars EllerSven Andrighetto
Paul Byron–Jacob De La Rose–Dale Weise
Tomas Fleischmann/Lucas LessioTorrey MitchellDevante Smith-Pelly