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Weber unlikely to return to Canadiens before All-Star Game

Defenseman out since Dec. 16 with left foot injury

by Mike Battaglino / NHL.com Staff Writer

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber is not expected to return from injury before the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game, which is Jan. 28.

"I looked into it again, and from what I'm being told, [he's] probably doubtful until after the All-Star Game," coach Claude Julien said Wednesday. "And I say doubtful, but right now he's still in a boot, and so this is the update I've gotten on him."

Weber is wearing a walking boot on his injured left foot. He missed seven games in November before returning to play Dec. 2. He averaged 22:44 of ice time in six games, including 22:58 outdoors in a 3-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators in the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic on Dec. 16, the final game he played.

The 32-year-old led Canadiens defensemen with six goals and 16 points in 26 games and was minus-8.

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The Canadiens play nine games before the All-Star Game, and would next play Jan. 30 at the St. Louis Blues. Montreal (16-20-4) is eight points out of a wild-card position into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

Weber is in his second season with the Canadiens after being acquired in a trade with the Nashville Predators for defenseman P.K. Subban on June 29, 2016.

Weber has 501 points (189 goals, 312 assists) in 867 NHL games in 13 seasons with the Predators and Canadiens.

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