The moment Jaroslav Spacek and Mathieu Darche were placed on the Canadiens injury reserve list, you had to know things weren’t day-to-day per the initial team statement. Both Spacek and Darche went on the list very quickly after coming out of the lineup two weeks ago.

Today we find out Spacek is facing arthroscopic surgery to clean up bone chips on his wonky right knee. He’ll be out of action around a month and a half. The minor surgery was called for after Spacek was examined in Birmingham Alabama this morning. He has already missed six games.

Mathieu Darche has one of those nagging groin injuries that seem to have their own healing schedule. He’s missed the last four games and six of the last eight.

Who knows how much longer he’ll be out, but he’s not on the current road trip. In the NHL, the rules for Injury reserve are…

    1. A player who has an injury that renders him physically unable to play for a minimum of seven days after that date of the injury can be placed on the Club’s Injured Reserve List. Once a player is placed on the list, the Club may replace said player on its NHL roster with another player. All determinations that a player has suffered an injury warranting injured reserve status must be made by the Club’s medical staff and in accordance with the Club’s medical standards.

2. A player placed on Injured Reserve is ineligible to compete in NHL games for a period of not less than seven days.The replacements have been Ryan White for Darche and Brent Sopel for Spacek both of whom will play tonight in Atlanta. White was placed on waivers by the Canadiens probably in anticipation of a trade. He was re-called minutes after the trade deadline passed.

Tonight’s healthy scratches will be Tom Pyatt, Alexandre Picard and Yannick Weber.  Paul Mara will be paired with newcomer Brent Sopel, who last week was playing for the Thrashers.    Hal Gill with P.K. Subban and Roman Hamrlik with James Wisniewski.  Carey Price will be back in goal after missing Saturday’s game against Carolina with a virus.  With Atlanta starter Ondrej Pavelec out with a wrist injury, Chris Mason will tend the Atlanta goals.