The Canadiens announced Sunday that winger Rafaël Harvey-Pinard will miss four to six weeks with a lower-body injury after placing him on injured reserve earlier in the day. The team also said that defenseman Jordan Harris is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury, and Kaiden Guhle is being evaluated for an undisclosed injury. Both Guhle and Harris were injured during Sunday’s 7-2 loss to the Blues.
It’s been a trying campaign for the 5-foot-9 Harvey-Pinard. He’s already missed over half the season with multiple lower-body injuries – sidelined for 27 of Montreal’s 51 games – and will miss another 12 to 18 contests if his recovery timeline holds true.
He’s also scored just once in 24 games this season after scoring 14 in only 34 games in 2022-23. The 25-year-old’s limited showing in a top-six role in the absence of Cole Caufield in the back half of last season earned him some All-Rookie Team consideration, but he hasn’t been able to carry that momentum into his first full NHL campaign.
Harvey-Pinard’s extended absence could translate to a long look at rookie Joshua Roy in the team’s top nine. Roy, who was recalled Saturday for the second time this season, suited up in a third-line role against the Blues today and has a goal and an assist through his first six NHL contests. The 20-year-old was a fifth-round pick less than three years ago and has been one of the best players at the minor-league level for Montreal, notching 32 points in 40 games with AHL Laval.
Harris left today’s game early on, while Guhle was injured late after a collision with Blues defenseman Marco Scandella. If both are not cleared to play in Tuesday’s game against the Ducks, Montreal will need to make at least one recall from Laval. Arber Xhekaj is the only extra defenseman on the Canadiens’ roster.