Montreal Canadiens forward Sean Monahan suffers from a lower body injury

The Montreal Canadiens will be without forward Sean Monahan in Tuesday’s game against the Seattle Kraken as he suffers from a lower-body injury, the club announced Tuesday night.

Monahan, 28, made an early exit from Monday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks and did not return. After scoring in the first half, Monahan only played three second-half shifts after take an awkward fall in front of the Canadiens net.

The Canadiens said Monahan’s injury will be reassessed when the team returns to Montreal.

Monahan has six goals and 17 points in 25 games with the Canadiens this season. The 6’2″, 196-pound center spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Calgary Flames before being traded to the Canadiens as part of a cost-cutting decision last August.

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The Canadiens will complete a four-game road trip against the Kraken on Tuesday. Monahan has worn a walking boot on his right foot throughout this Canadiens tour, which began with his return to Calgary on Dec. 1.

Monahan is signed through the end of the 2022-23 season with a cap of $6.375 million. He began his NHL career with seven consecutive 20-goal seasons in Calgary before suffering an injury-related decline in his final years with the team.

In 681 career games with Calgary and Montreal over 10 NHL seasons, Monahan has scored 218 goals and 479 points. He added 10 goals and 21 points in 30 career playoff games.

The Canadiens currently rank sixth in the NHL’s Atlantic Division with a 12-11-2 record and 26 points in 25 games. They’ll outfit 11 forwards and seven defensemen when they face the Kraken at 10:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

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