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Christian Dvorak May Return to the Canadiens Ahead of Schedule

Published March 21, 2024 at 3:21 PM

Once again this year, the Montreal Canadiens have been greatly affected by injuries, losing the services of Kirby Dach and Christian Dvorak for the majority of the 2023-2024 season. Additionally, players like Alex Newhook, David Savard, Arber Xhekaj, Rafael Harvey-Pinard, Jordan Harris, and Tanner Pearson have also been sidelined for several weeks, or even months for some.

It's clear that these numerous injuries have played a significant role in the team's performance on the ice. After all, Martin St-Louis was forced to deal with a lineup missing both his second and third centers for a large part of the season, sometimes even having to use Jake Evans in the second unit.

It's worth noting that I appreciate Jake Evans's contribution to the team. However, the 27-year-old forward has a rather limited offensive potential. He should not be placed in a role where he is expected to contribute offensively game after game. In my opinion, he is an excellent fourth-line center, who can also fill in on the third line in case of injuries.

Obviously, as the Canadiens desperately try to make progress in their rebuilding process, the idea of seeing Kirby Dach and Christian Dvorak play a total of 27 games combined is far from ideal. However, we might witness a very interesting development in the coming weeks.

Reinforcements could arrive in the Montreal lineup?

Indeed, for the past few days, Dach and Dvorak have been practicing with their teammates. Many observers believe that the two centers aim to return to play by the end of the current campaign, which would certainly give the team a "boost" in the final stretch of the regular season.

In this regard, Renaud Lavoie made a significant revelation during his appearance on TVA Sports last night, indicating that the Blue-White-Red's number 28 is absolutely determined to rejoin Trevor Letowski's lineup by the game on April 16 against the Detroit Red Wings.

"His personal goal is quite clear, it's to come back to play by the end of the season. Dvorak hopes to 'force the medical group and the Canadiens to reintegrate him'." - Renaud Lavoie

Wow! What great news!

Let's remember that at the beginning of January, the organization had nevertheless confirmed that his season was over, after he had undergone surgery for a tear in a major pectoral. At that time, the 28-year-old forward had accumulated three goals and four assists (seven points) in 25 games.

However, everything suggests that we could witness a frankly interesting turnaround in the coming weeks. Having been unable to finish the two previous seasons due to injury, the forward is currently working very hard to regain his place in the Montreal lineup by the end of the regular season.

Certainly, this will be a file to closely watch!

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