Gallagher was injured on Saturday when the Habs faced off against the Winnipeg Jets. He was tied up with Marko Dano in the first period and fell awkwardly. The Canadiens held him out of Tuesday’s game against the Dallas Stars and now it looks like he’s see some significant time on the shelf.
The news is just the latest in a long series of bad news for the club.
Their 4-2 loss to the Jets not only cost them Gallagher, it concluded a four-game road trip with a 0-3-1 record. They stopped in Winnipeg, Los Angeles, Anaheim, and San Jose and couldn’t pull out a single win.
They scored two goals in each of the four games, but it wasn’t enough to propel them to victory in a tough California-based swing.
The Gallagher injury will hurt, but things are pretty much over for the Habs this season. Despite a raucous start, the club has collapsed like a house of cards and hasn’t been able to pull together much since the injury to goalie Carey Price.
Gallagher missed all of December with two fractured fingers, by the way, but he’s still been one of Montreal’s offensive threats. He has 18 goals, good for third on the team behind Max Pacioretty and Alex Galchenyuk.
Along with Gallagher and Price, Lars Eller, David Desharnais, Brian Flynn, Daniel Carr, Nathan Beaulieu, Jeff Petry, and Tom Gilbert are also on the shelf.
As should be apparent to anyone, the Canadiens are about done for this season. If the injuries weren’t enough, the team just can’t win. The loss to the Jets was the nail in things, with sportsclubstats.com giving Montreal a 1.2 percent chance of making the post-season. That’s being generous.
They had nine rookies in the lineup against the Jets and have a similar roster going right now against the Stars. That suggests a push for next season, with a mind to evaluating who’s worth a look and who’s worth a move. And that may be the best thing that can come out this bad situation.