Right winger Dale Weise will miss the next two-to-three weeks with an upper-body injury he suffered vs the Boston Bruins at the Winter Classic. Roughly three minutes into the second period, Weise received a cross check from Bostons’ Kevin Miller. Shortly after, he was hit in the arm from a point shot. Dale Weise is currently having an impressive year with the Canadiens, he sits just behind Max Pacioretty for goals. So far this season, Weise has a total of 11 goals (career high) and nine assists for a total of 20 points and a +3 rating to go along with that.
With the injury to Dale Weise, the Montreal Canadiens recalled the speedy right winger Sven Andrighetto from the St. John Ice Caps. Andrighetto had been called up before by “les glorieux” on November 21st and played a total of 14 games. He tallied four goals (five including his shootout game winner) and added one helper. For the majority of his time, he played on the second line with Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk where he tallied most of his points. That line was very sharp and together, they managed 15 points in seven games. After clicking quite nicely with his fellow linemates, Michel Therrien demoted him to the fourth line and then scratched him.
Perhaps Andrighetto made a mistake that we are unaware of that set Therrien off, or maybe his offensive flare was taking the spotlight away from his favourite little pivot, David Desharnais. Regardless, Sven Andrighetto never should have been taken off the second line and never should have been scratched. Furthermore, with little production from veterans such as Max Pacioretty and Tomas Plekanec, Sven Andrighetto was an energetic spark-plug for a team starved for offense who, at the time, was missing arguably their best player, Brendan Gallagher.
At Sunday’s practice in Brossard, it appears that Sven Andrighetto was the 13th forward. Devante Smith-Pelly took Dale Weise’s place on the right side with Andrighetto rotating in from time-to-time. He is expected to play against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.