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Drouin and Byron both require surgery; out indefinitely

18 novembre 2019
Bad news on the injury front for the Montreal Canadiens as the team revealed today that forwards Jonathan Drouin and Paul Byron both require surgery and both are out indefinitely.

Head coach Claude Julien told the media that Drouin required surgery on his wrist, while Byron needs a procedure on his knee. Both were hurt in Montreal's game against Washington Friday. While Drouin received a thunderous hit from Alex Ovechkin late in the 2nd period, Julien says his injury has nothing to do with that.

"It happened in the third period and by the end of the third period (of Friday’s game) he couldn’t go anymore,” head coach Claude Julien told the Montreal Gazette. “It had zero, zero to do… everybody’s thinking it had something to do with the hit from Ovechkin, but it had nothing to do with it. He was cleared, he felt great, he came back and he got re-injured afterwards from something totally different.”

It’s not clear how Byron’s injury occurred, but his last shift came with less than five minutes to go in the Capitals game.

Drouin is tied for second on the team in goals with seven, and tied for fourth in points with 15 through 19 games.

Byron has struggled somewhat this season compared to previous years. He has four points in 19 games.

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