Montreal Canadiens Center Done for the Season

A big blow for the Montreal Canadiens' center corps, as middle-six pivot Christian Dvorak will undergo surgery on fRiday on a torn pectoral muscle and is done for the season.

It's another tough injury break for Montreal, who already lost forward Kirby Dach for the season with a knee injury after just two games. They're also currently without Alex Newhook, Tanner Pearson, and Rafaël Harvey-Pinard long-term, though they are all expected back at some point this year. The Habs also led the NHL in man-games lost to injury last season. 

It's been a brutal year for Dvorak, who also had his season cut short last year due to injury, and in addition, he missed the first month of this season. His last game played was December 30th. He has three goals and four assists in 25 games, playing about 16 minutes a night.

Whether this will have an impact on the status of prime trade candidate and pending unrestricted free agent, center Sean Monahan, will be an intriguing story to follow going forward in Montreal.

The Habs are 16-16-5, in 6th spot in the Atlantic Division. 

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