Hockey News: Injuries Strike

Montreal's leading scorer, sophomore Chris Higgins, will be on the shelf for the next six weeks with a partially torn ligament in his left ankle. The 23-year-old is coming off a 38-point rookie season in which he tallied 16 of his 23 goals in the 26 games after the Olympic break.

This season, Higgins picked up right where he left off, grabbing eight goals and 13 points in as many games while playing on a line with captain Saku Koivu and Michael Ryder. His absence leaves a huge hole on the left wing, but creates an opportunity for rookie (and fan favorite) Guillaume Latendresse.

Until this point, the 19-year-old Latendresse had played an average of just 9:35 a game. He played almost 20 minutes Tuesday night and scored a goal. If the young power forward ever stumbles, look for another youngster, Alexander Perezhogin, to get a shot. ...