The Montreal Canadiens have announced that they will be without Shea Weber for the next four to six weeks. Weber suffered a sprained ankle on February 4th against the New Jersey Devils. He was placed on injured reserve on February 6th.
Habs Without Shea Weber for the Next Four to Six Weeks
MEDICAL UPDATE: Shea Weber expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks with an ankle sprain.
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Weber was seen by orthopedic specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Wisconsin. Darren Dreger first broke this news via his Twitter account.
In 55 games this season, Weber has scored 13 goals and added 21 assists for 34 points.
His play earned him a spot in this year’s All-Star Game where he won the hardest shot competition.
Over his 15 year career, Weber has played with the Nashville Predators and the Montreal Canadiens. Over that span, he has scored 216 goals and 352 assists for 568 points in 980 games.
This is Weber’s fourth season with the Canadiens. The second as team Captain, as he was named on October 1st, 2018.
Weber was originally drafted by the Nashville Predators in the second round, 49th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
Tough Road Ahead for the Habs
Tons of speculation was floating around about Weber, including a tweet from Nick Kypreos that Weber’s future was in jeopardy. However, it looks as though Weber should be able to return this season.
Weber was enjoying a solid season for the Canadiens and his absence could not come at a worse time for a team in the midst of a battle to earn one of the final playoff positions in the Eastern Conference. While the chances of making it are slim, the Habs most certainly will continue to fight. Victor Mete has been lining up on his off-side as Ben Chiarot‘s new partner, while Jeff Petry will continue to see increased minutes as the club’s top right shot defender down the stretch. Xavier Ouellet has drawn into the line up on the bottom pairing with Marco Scandella since Weber went down with an injury.
The Canadiens will look to continue their playoff push without Weber on Wednesday night against the Boston Bruins.