Feb 8, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) is congratulated after the game by teammate defensemen Josh Gorges (26) after defeating the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Gorges Leaves Montreal Canadiens Road Trip Due To Hand Injury

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Feb 27, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) prepares to stop a shaot by Montreal Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges (26) during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Montreal Canadiens won 6-5 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

 

Josh Gorges left the team today and returned to Montreal for treatment on a hand injury. The Montreal Canadiens defenseman reportedly injured the hand on Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

What I find odd is that he played the next two games on the road and is now returning home to get the injury checked out.

It seems like the Habs top shot blocker tried to play through an injury and made it worse in the game against the Anaheim Ducks last night. Gorges played 21:28 last night in the Canadiens shootout win over the Ducks.

The Canadiens play in Phoenix tonight against the Coyotes. Thomas Vanek will make his Canadiens debut, and it appears that Mike Weaver will draw in for Gorges as well.

Weaver was acquired from the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, the day before the NHL trade deadline in exchange for a fifth round pick. Montreal Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin noted that it is important to have as much depth as possible, and that you can never have too many NHL ready defenders.

That theory will be put to the test with Gorges out of the lineup. Josh is third on the Canadiens in ice time, trailing only Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban. Gorges is tops on the Habs in shorthanded ice time with 3:23 per game.

The good thing is Weaver plays a very similar style to Gorges, and could fill his role nicely for the Habs. Weaver is a defensive specialist, blocks shots and led the Panthers in shorthanded ice time before being dealt to Montreal.

Montreal face Phoenix tonight on the third game of a four game trip. They head to San Jose to take on the Sharks on Saturday night before returning home to play the Boston Bruins on Wednesday.

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