The already shorthanded Ottawa Senators are now facing the prospect of finishing the season without three of their regular starters.
The team, which is already in last place in the NHL, reads thus:
- Centre Peter Regin had shoulder surgery last week to repair a dislocation and could be gone four to six months.
- Winger Milan Michalek has a broken foot and is gone for at least a month. He was hit by a shot from Jason Spezza two weeks ago.
- Defenceman Matt Carkner will have knee surgery and is likely out four weeks as well. He tried to play through the knee injury but couldn't stomach the pain any longer.
Regin has had a tough year already and this injury just caps it off. The club is hopeful he will be ready for camp next year.
"I don't think he played the way we needed him to play. His best hockey was towards the end," said Senators coach Cory Clouston Monday.
"Unfortunately the shoulder injury kind of caps off the season."
The Senators leave on a four-game, six-day road trip that starts Tuesday in New Jersey.
There are 17 games left in the season so it's doubtful any of the trio will return.