The news isn't as bad as many assumed. Max Pacioretty is expected to miss 3 weeks . He was given an MRI yesterday following his injury suffered vs the Jets on Tuesday. Head coach Michel Therrien gave us more information regarding the injury following the game vs the BlueJackets Thursday night. It was determined that Pacioretty suffered a left hamstring strain.

The diagnosis puts his recovery on pace for a return roughly around mid-November however Pacioretty's mutant healing powers may mean that we will see him sooner.

Pacioretty will be sorely missed as he led the Habs in both goals and points last season and managed to score two goals and add an assist in five games this year. Other than his goal scoring ability he also happens to be the driving force when it comes to possession from the forwards.

The Montreal Canadiens will look to their veterans to fill the void as newly acquired Daniel Brière captain Brian Gionta and winger Rene Bourque will all need to step up their play if Montreal hopes to remain in the top-ten for even-strength goals for/against.

The youth movement composed primarily of Lars Eller Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher will have to continue their dominant ways as they will most assuredly become Montreal's default first line pending the new lineup that Therrien will be forced to draw up.

The prolonged absence of Pacioretty will also open up a spot for the young Michael Bournival. The Shawinigan native should see an increase in ice time as he has shown plenty of passion during his limited viewings this season. Expect Therrien to count on him to bring energy to the lineup.