MONTREAL – The injury bug appears to be contagious. While the Canadiens have been calling up reinforcements from Hamilton, the Bulldogs have been dealing with the loss of a few of their own due to injuries.
|Olivier Latendresse |
Captain Kyle Chipchura, who had begun to find his offensive game over the last few weeks, has been on the shelf since Dec. 10 with a groin injury. He joined center Mathieu Aubin, who has been out of commission since suffering a high ankle sprain 10 days ago. The 22-year-old won’t need surgery on his ankle but it will seven weeks before the Bulldogs can count on his services once again.
Enforcer Ryan Flinn was forced to miss out on Tuesday’s practice with a back issue but the veteran is expected to suit up for the weekend.
With the Canadiens plucking some the likes of Matt D'Agostini and Ben Maxwell from the farm, Hamilton has had to find its own help. First, the club called upon Olivier Latendresse. Guillaume’s older brother appeared in both of the Bulldogs’ games since being recalled but was held off the scoresheet in the two contests.
Don Lever got some more help for his depleted roster with recall of Thomas Beauregard from the Cincinnati Cyclones on Monday. The 22-year-old Montreal native, who was the Cyclones’ second-leading scorer when he got the call, will make his AHL debut when he takes to the ice in a Bulldogs sweater.
Marc Denis’ call up to Montreal has opened up a door for Cedrick Desjardins in Hamilton. Desjardins made 35 saves against the Toronto Marlies on Sunday to help his teammates secure a 2-1 win over their division rival, despite being outshot 36-16.
The Bulldogs remain in second place in the AHL’s North Division with 34 points courtesy of a 16-9-2-0 record, just two points shy of the division-leading Manitoba Moose. They’ll now hit the road for a pair of back-to-back contests just ahead of the Christmas break, visiting Manchester on Friday night and Hartford on Saturday. Heather Engel is a writer for canadiens.com