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Good news on Shea Weber

Head coach Claude Julien says the veteran defenseman could return in two to three weeks

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL /

ST. LOUIS - Following Monday afternoon's practice session at Scottrade Center, head coach Claude Julien shed some additional light on the status updates the team provided on Shea Weber and Phillip Danault.

With respect to Weber - who was shut down indefinitely due to a foot injury on December 18 - Julien indicated that he expects the veteran defenseman to be back in the lineup in approximately two to three weeks.

"Shea will come back this season. That's for sure. It's about two to three weeks from now. That's the prognosis," said Julien, who wasn't prepared to rush the 32-year-old rearguard back to active duty. "As much as we would have wanted Shea to be ready earlier, it's too late to try and push it and speed up his return. He's getting close to being 100 percent."

Video: Julien on the status of Shaw, Danault and Weber

Danault, meanwhile, continues to work his way back from a concussion sustained on January 13 against the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre.

Admittedly, the Canadiens' bench boss isn't sure when the 24-year-old forward will be good to go again. 

"When you're dealing with a situation involving a concussion, you always think that it's progressing, but then you might take a bit of a step back. That's why we're saying that we're not sure how long he'll be out," explained Julien. "But, there are days when he's feeling very good."

For his part, Andrew Shaw is dealing with a lower-body injury that is expected to keep him on the sidelines for the next four to six weeks.

With three key soldiers still unavailable right now, captain Max Pacioretty continued to stress the importance of everyone chipping in wherever and whenever possible.

"We have good depth here, we feel. When guys go down, it's a good opportunity for guys to step up and prove what they're worth. I think when guys get that opportunity, often times they play their best hockey, so that's what we're looking for," mentioned Pacioretty. "We have a lot guys out and guys have stepped in and played well enough to give us opportunities to win games. Now, we have to capitalize."

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