There was more bad news for the Canadiens as they prepared to leave for Columbus for Wednesday’s game against the Blue Jackets.
The team announced that goaltender Jake Allen and rookie defenceman Justin Barron are finished for the season.
Allen suffered a groin injury in Saturday’s loss to the Maple Leafs in Toronto. He missed more than two months this year with a similar injury.
The 31-year-old Allen is 9-20-4 on the season with a 3.30 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage in 35 games with the Canadiens this season, his second in Montreal.
Barron suffered an ankle injury in a 6-3 loss to Ottawa last week. He scored his first NHL goal, but later limped off the ice after he collided with Mathieu Joseph as he attempted to prevent an empty-net goal. The team said Barron would not require surgery and both players are expected to be ready for the start of training camp in September.
Barron, a 20-year-old rookie, has one assist and one goal in five NHL games this season. He was acquired from the Colorado Avalanche last month as part of Montreal’s return for Artturi Lehkonen.
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