The Montreal Canadiens have just suffered a fairly significant loss and now it appears as though it will continue to impact them in the immediate future.
Fans who tuned in to the Saturday afternoon matchup between the Montreal Canadiens and the Philadelphia Flyers took notice in the second period when the Habs lost arguably their most reliable left defenseman Victor Mete. It seemed to be a nothing play during the opening minutes of the game's second period but it was enough to sideline Mete for the remainder of the game and, as we have just learned, even more. Mete collided with a Flyers defender it what appeared to be a bit on incidental contact, although it is possible that the players did go knee on knee here which could have helped make this a more serious impact than it initially appeared.
First here's the replay of the incident that caused the injury to Mete.
The Habs defenseman would quickly leave the game following that injury and it was only a few moments later that the Canadiens themselves would announce that Mete would not return to the game. That was of course bad enough given the rather poor slump of form the Canadiens have been experiencing as of late, but following the game the news got even worse.
The Canadiens will face arguably their biggest rivals tomorrow when they visit TD Garden Arena in Boston and face off against the Boston Bruins. Not only is this a big rivalry game but it is a chance for the Canadiens to redeem themselves after their humiliating 8 - 1 loss at the hands of those very same Bruins earlier in the week. The Canadiens were embarrassed on home ice at the Bell Center but if they are indeed hoping for some redemption on Sunday they are going to have to do it without Mete in their line up.
According to a report from Montreal Canadiens insider Arpon Basu of The Athletic, the injury to Mete is serious enough that the defenseman will remain in Montreal when his teammates travel to Boston tomorrow. If you're looking for a silver lining here the only one I've got for you is that the Bruins are also expected to be without some key players.