MONTREAL – Already two days later, the Canadiens will have to hold their breath a little longer to find out the fate of leading scoring Michael Cammalleri.
Cammalleri injured his right knee in a gruesome feet-first collision into the boards following an Anton Volchenkov hit in Ottawa on Saturday afternoon. The 27-year-old underwent an MRI but won’t hear the final verdict from doctors until Monday afternoon.
The Habs’ brass won’t have a clear picture of how long they can expect to be without their top sniper’s services until Monday evening or Tuesday morning. At the very least, Cammalleri will miss the team’s final seven-game push into the Olympic break two weeks from now.
With 26 goals already in the season, Cammalleri has paced the Canadiens offense, especially when playing 5-on-5 hockey. The Richmond Hill, ON native has notched 22 of his tallies at even strength – about a quarter of the Habs’ total production in that situation.
With just 81 even strength goals in 56 games, the Canadiens are last in the league in 5-on-5 goals for.
Brought in as a free agent this past offseason, Cammalleri has racked up 26 goals, 22 assists and a plus-10 differential. See alsoHabs this week – February 1, 2010 Just one of the boys Habs call up Matt D'Agostini Vote for the play of the week