Shea Weber will be out for at least a week with a lower-body injury as he has been placed on injured reserve, head coach Claude Julien announced Thursday.
In his last outing Tuesday against the New Jersey Devils, Weber blocked a Wayne Simmonds shot late in the third period. Weber limped immediately after the block but was able to return to the ice for one more shift over the last minute and 11 seconds of regulation. With the score tied 4-4, Weber would not play in the five-minute overtime period. Montreal won in a shootout.
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It is unconfirmed that the blocked shot was the cause of the injury, although Julien did confirm that the injury was sustained during the Devils game.
Weber has been a workhorse this season, failing to miss a game thus far and is on pace for his best season as a Canadien with 51 points. He has only eclipsed the 50-point mark thrice in his 14-season career. The Canadiens captain has 13 goals and 21 assists on the year.
His number will take a hit considering his absence but the real blow is on the team level. The Canadiens are six points out of the second wild-card spot and seven from a divisional one. Montreal is 7-3-0 in their last 10 games, trying to make a playoff push.
Weber has been a leader on the team since joining the Habs in a one-for-one trade for P.K. Subban with the Nashville Predators on June 29, 2016. He was the only player voted to the All-Star Game from Montreal this season, winning the hardest shot skills competition.
In the 2017-18 season, Weber played only 26 games before a foot injury cut his season short.