Josh Gorges underwent surgery today o repair a broken hand and will be out of the Montreal Canadiens lineup for the next four weeks.
Gorges only has one goal on the season but has chipped in 13 points and played a reliable, solid role on the Canadiens top four all season. Often paired with last season’s Norris Trophy winner P.K. Subban, Gorges was the defensive conscience on the pairing.
Josh is third on the team in average time on ice, although he leads the team in shorthanded ice time at 3:23 per game. Gorges is an elite shot blocker, trailing only Andrew MacDonald in blocked shots this season with 173.
Gorges injured his hand against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night while, you guessed it, blocking a shot.
Montreal will miss their top defensive defenseman down the stretch, as they have 16 games remaining on the schedule before the playoffs begin. They currently sit second in the tight Atlantic Division, but are barely holding off their rivals.
The Leafs are just one point back of Montreal and have a game in hand while the Tampa Bay Lightning are three points back and have played two less games.
The sudden emergence of Jarred Tinordi and recent acquisition of Mike Weaver will help soften the blow of losing Gorges. Tinordi has stepped up his play of late and was paired with Subban on the west coast trip when Gorges was out of the lineup.
Weaver brings many of the same elements to the table as Gorges, and though he will not be able to replace all of Gorges minutes, he will be able to play a big role on the Habs penalty kill for the next four weeks.