NHL notebook: Habs' Pacioretty out three weeks

Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty is injured during the first period against the Winnipeg...

Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty is injured during the first period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. (Bruce Fedyck/USA TODAY Sports)

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Losing your front-line left winger for three weeks wouldn't normally sound like good news.

But that's the case for the Montreal Canadiens, who announced after Thursday's 5-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets they will be without winger Max Pacioretty for that amount of time with a strained left hamstring.

"We're going to take the time to make sure (Pacioretty) gets better. In the meantime, it's not such bad news. It could have been worse," said Habs coach Michel Therrien.

Pacioretty went down when he got tangled up early in the game Tuesday against the Winnipeg Jets in front of the net. He couldn't put any weight on his left leg as he was helped off the ice and there was plenty of speculation Pacioretty, who has had his share of injuries, might have sustained an injury that would keep him out for the long term.

LAPIERRE GETS HEARING

St. Louis Blues forward Maxim Lapierre is scheduled for an in-person sit-down at the NHL Department of Player Safety on Friday.

He accepted the invitation under a collective bargaining agreement provision that affords players the opportunity for a face-to-face hearing for suspensions that might exceed five games.

Lapierre must sit out pending the hearing.

Under review is a major penalty Lapierre received for checking San Jose Sharks defenceman Dan Boyle behind the play in Tuesday's game at Scottrade Center. The hit, which saw Boyle leave the ice on a stretcher and into a St. Louis hospital, occurred at 5:22 of the first period, wasn't his only infraction.

He was given a game misconduct and a fighting major for a separate altercation.

CALLAHAN BREAKS THUMB

New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan is expected to be sidelined 3-4 weeks after breaking a thumb in Wednesday night's 2-0 victory over the Washington Capitals.

Callahan had recently returned to the lineup after offseason shoulder surgery and was off to a good start before the injury. He scored three goals in his past two games, including two on power plays Saturday against the St. Louis Blues. In Wednesday's game, he scored once and had six shots on goal.

Callahan joins a growing Rangers injury list that includes forward Rick Nash, who has missed three games after sustaining a suspected concussion last Tuesday in San Jose, and winger Carl Hagelin, who is on injured reserve after offseason shoulder surgery.

To replace Callahan on the roster, the Rangers recalled forward Darroll Powe from the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Powe, acquired from Minnesota last year, has played in the Wolf Pack's four games this season and scored one goal. The 28-year-old also has NHL experience with the Philadelphia Flyers.

OILERS MAKING INQUIRIES

One look at Devan Dubnyk's line and it's clear why rumours are rampant that the Edmonton Oilers are on the prowl for a new netminder.

The 27-year-old Dubnyk was 0-3-1 heading into Thursday night's game. His save percentage (.829) is only slightly less embarrassing than Martin Biron's league-worst .763.

But are his numbers bad enough to lend credence to the chatter surrounding a trade involving Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller?

"There was talk Wednesday afternoon that the Sabres were working on a deal with Edmonton that would send Ryan Miller or Thomas Vanek and possibly both to the Oilers in a package that would bring Nail Yakupov and more to Buffalo," Buffalo News columnist Bucky Gleason wrote late Wednesday. "Whether it actually happens is another story. But as it stood Wednesday, the two sides had considered, or were considering, a major swap."

One problem: Miller's current contract contains a limited no-trade clause which includes Edmonton, according to multiple reports.

And then there's the fact Miller is set to become an unrestricted free agent when his contract ends in 2014.

TSN's Bob McKenzie later confirmed that the Oilers have at least inquired about Miller, but there's nothing else to report.


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