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Canadiens captain Pacioretty to miss several weeks with knee injury, Mete also out

Montreal Canadiens' Max Pacioretty.
Montreal Canadiens' Max Pacioretty. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

The Montreal Canadiens have announced forward Max Pacioretty and defenceman Victor Mete will miss several weeks as they recover from injuries.

Both players were injured Friday in Montreal’s 6-3 road win over the New York Islanders.

Pacioretty, the Canadiens’ captain, suffered a knee injury and is expected to miss four to six weeks, while Mete suffered a fractured finger and is expected to be out for six weeks.

The injuries will likely end whatever dim post-season chances the Canadiens were clinging to.

Heading into Tuesday’s games, Montreal (25-29-11) was 10 points behind Columbus for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

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Pacioretty has seen his production drop this season. He has 17 goals and 20 assists in 64 games with a defensive rating of minus-16.

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The left-winger had been one of the leagues most consistent scorers, reaching the 30-goal mark in five of the past six seasons.

He had 15 goals in 44 games in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season. Mete, a mobile rookie defenceman who earned a spot on the team in training camp, has seven assists and a plus-5 rating in 49 games.

He also helped Canada win gold at the 2018 world junior hockey championship.