Canadiens place defenceman Arber Xhekaj on injured-reserve list

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The Canadiens have more bad injury news.

The team announced Friday that defenceman Arber Xhekaj has been placed on the injured-reserve list with an upper-body injury. Xhekaj missed his third straight game Friday afternoon when the Canadiens played the Sharks in San Jose.

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Last season, Xhekaj suffered a season-ending injury to his right shoulder during a fight with the Edmonton Oilers’ Vincent Desharnais on Feb. 12 that required surgery.

The Canadiens also announced Friday that they have called up forward Joel Armia from the AHL’s Laval Rocket. Armia will join the Canadiens in Los Angeles, where they will play the Kings on Saturday (4 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM). Armia has 6-3-9 totals in eight games with the Rocket this season. Armia only had one goal in the six games he played with the Canadiens after the first time he was called up this season.

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The injury bug is hitting the Canadiens hard for the third straight season.

Forward Kirby Dach suffered a season-ending knee injury in the second game this season. On Tuesday, the Canadiens announced that defenceman Jordan Harris will be out indefinitely with a lower-body injury, while forward Rafaël Harvey-Pinard will miss 6-8 weeks with a lower-body injury. Defenceman David Savard has been sidelined since suffering a fractured hand during a game in Buffalo on Oct. 28 and is expected to miss another two to four weeks.

Last season, the Canadiens set an NHL record with 751 man-games lost to injury, breaking their own record of 720 man-games lost from the previous season.

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