Victor Mete will be out at least two weeks for the Montreal Canadiens because of an ankle injury.
The defenseman, who has eight points (three goals, five assists) in 26 games this season, was injured in the second period of a 4-3 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.
Montreal also placed Keith Kinkaid on waivers Monday. The 30-year-old goalie is 1-1-3 with a 4.24 goals-against average and .875 save percentage in six games after signing a one-year contract July 1.
"From what we've seen of him, he's been good, but maybe not good enough right now," coach Claude Julien told the Canadiens website. "We need a goalie, especially when we don't call on him very often, to make sure he's on point. We weren't in that situation now to say, 'Yes, he's playing some good hockey for us.' We're going to give him the chance to play more often and to see if he can find that part of his game again. If it happens, we'll see. We have 24 hours to see if he'll clear waivers. We'll take it from there."
The Canadiens (11-10-6), who are 0-5-3 in their past eight games, play the New York Islanders at Bell Centre on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; TSN2, RDS, MSG+, NHL.TV).
"It's definitely trying times for everybody," Canadiens goalie Carey Price said. "But at the same time, I've gone through situations like this before and what it takes to get out of it and what not to do while you're in it. I think you just kind of trust the process of working hard and trying to work smart and figure out solutions to right the room."