- Pierre LeBrun, NHL
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The Montreal Canadiens appear to have avoided the worst this time around on the injury front.
A team spokesman told ESPN.com Wednesday that leading scorer Tomas Plekanec was day to day with a lower-body injury, as was fellow center Jeff Halpern. Both players left Tuesday night's 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals in the second period and didn't return.
Both players will be re-evaluated Thursday, the spokesman said.
Losing Plekanec long-term would be a devastating blow for the Canadiens. He leads the team with 53 points (21 goals, 32 assists) in 69 games and also sports a club-best plus-14 rating.
The Canadiens are already without key defensemen Andrei Markov and Josh Gorges, both out for the season with knee injuries, plus winger Max Pacioretty, who suffered a fractured neck vertebra and concussion after taking a hit from Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara last week.
Pierre LeBrun covers the NHL for ESPN.com.
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