The Canadiens called up forward Michael Blunden from their Hamilton Bulldogs affiliate to replace Travis Moen who was injured in the first period of Tuesday night’s game against the New York Islanders.   Moen took a shot off his foot during his fourth shift of the game in the 11th minute.  He did not return.    With the addition of Moen, the Canadiens have five regulars out with injuries and the league leading man-games-lost to injury now totals 159 heading into Thursday’s game against Philadelphia.

The current injury list includes -LW-Travis Moen (foot); RW-Brian Gionta (IR-groin); D-Andrei Markov (IR–arthroscopic surgery); C-Scott Gomez (IR-groin); RW-Ryan White (IR-sports hernia surgery).  Moen is the eleventh different member of the team spend time on the injury list this season.  Only seven players have played in all 31 games this season; Plekanec, Gorges, Desharnais, Darche, Diaz, Cole and Subban.  Pacioretty missed three games with his suspension.

From the Canadiens Publicity Department –

45-Michael Blunden

MONTREAL (December 14, 2011) –The Montreal Canadiens announced today that forward Michael Blundenhas been recalled from the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs.The 24-year old right winger registered eight points (3 goals and 5 assists) in 17 games with the Bulldogs this season.  Blunden added 49 shots on goal.Blunden was first recalled by the Candaiens on October 23rd.  He was held pointless in eight games.  The 6’4″  211 lbs forward served seven penalty minutes and totaled 14 hits, while averaging 5:01 of ice time per game.The Toronto-born Blunden was acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets in return for Ryan Russell in July.