MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens left-winger Max Pacioretty is injured and miss most of the pre-season the team announced on Friday.
He is expected to need 12 weeks of recovery, so he will likely miss all or most of training camp and the NHL pre-season.
Montreal's first game of the regular season is on Oct. 7 in Toronto against the rival Maple Leafs.
The injury occurred on Thursday. The team gave no other details of the injury.
Pacioretty plays left wing on Montreal's top line. The 26-year-old led the team with 37 goals and a career-high 67 points last season and added another five goals and two assists in 11 playoff games. It was his second straight season with more than 35 goals.