Max Pacioretty went down following a particularly hard hit early on in Montreal’s game against the Florida Panthers on Sunday.
He had collided with Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov; although the hit wasn’t reviewed for supplemental discipline, it still saw Pacioretty held out of the remainder of the game. Now, the team has announced that he won’t be back for the final two games of the regular season — and although he hasn’t been ruled out for the post-season, there’s been no confirmation he’ll be playoff ready.
This isn’t the first time that Pacioretty has gone down with an injury that seemingly needs weeks to recover; he’s earned himself the nickname ‘the Wolverine’ through his seemingly miraculous ability to heal abnormally quickly, although it’s been reported this is a head injury and the Canadiens are unlikely to bring him back earlier than expected. This means that, barring a miracle, the next time Pacioretty takes the ice with his team will be in a playoff contest — at the very least.
Of course, Pacioretty isn’t the only player who has been ruled out for the remainder of the regular season.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Chicago Blackhawks announced that forward Brad Richards will miss the remainder of the regular season, and Erik Cole of the Detroit Red Wings — whom the team acquired at the trade deadline to help solidify their forward depth heading in to the playoffs — will miss the final smattering of matchups, as well.