The Olympic break could not have come at a more opportune time for the Montreal Canadiens
That's because the Canadiens, 10th in the Eastern Conference with 56 points, will be forced to carry on without the services of leading scorer Michael Cammalleri
for the next 6-8 weeks.
According to published reports, Cammalleri suffered an injury to the medial collateral ligament in his right knee in a loss to the Senators on Saturday. The Olympic break, which is slated Feb. 13-28, means the Canadiens will be without their star center for a minimum of 14 games, including the next seven contests prior to the break.
Cammalleri was injured on a check by Ottawa defenseman Anton Volchenkov
midway through the third period of a 3-2 overtime loss. He was seen leaving Scotiabank Place on crutches and wearing an inflatable cast on his right leg that remained stiff as he walked.
"I'm hoping it's not too bad," Cammalleri told the Montreal Gazette after the game.
In addition to Cammalleri, who leads the team with 26 goals and a plus-10 rating, forward Andrei Kostitsyn
, who suffered a knee injury Dec. 30, isn't due back until after the Olympics.