Mitchell (lower body) will be out for another 7-to-10 days. Mitchell is still trying to overcome the lower-body malady that he originally sustained Nov. 19 against the Coyotes. The 30-year-old center has performed quite well with the Habs this season. In 20 games, he has chipped in five goals and the same number of assists despite only averaging 12:08 TOI.
Mitchell (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Marc Antoine Godin of La Presse (Montreal) reports. Mitchell will now miss the Habs' next two games, as the 30-year-old forward won't be eligible to return from injured reserve until Friday against New Jersey. Alexander Semin will continue to draw into Montreal's lineup while Mitchell is sidelined.
Michell suffered a lower-body injury in Thursday's game and will not travel with the team to New York to face the Islanders. It's unclear exactly when the injury occurred, but it will cost him Friday's contest at a minimum. The Canadiens will once again be forced to shuffle their lines, and Mitchell's next chance to return will come Sunday back in Montreal against the same Islanders squad they face Friday in New York.
Mitchell will skate at right wing on the second line along with Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller on Thursday against the Coyotes, the Montreal Gazette reports. Habs head coach Michel Therrien has tried several bodies at second line right wing and even went back to the previously benched Alexander Semin, who skated a team-low 6:48 in Monday's dramatic win over the Canucks. With the move, Mitchell will shift from a center position to right wing, a spot at which he played a full season when he was with San Jose.
Mitchell did not practice Friday due to family reasons, Hockey Inside Out reports. There has been no indication that Mitchell's absence will extend to Saturday night's game against Colorado.
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