The Montreal Canadiens say captain Shea Weber will be out four to six weeks with a sprained left ankle.
The defenceman suffered the injury during a game in New Jersey on Feb. 4.
Weber underwent a re-evaluation by orthopedic specialist Dr. Robert Anderson on Wednesday in Green Bay, Wis.
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The Habs say the latest evaluation took place after the swelling in his ankle had decreased.
An all-star this season, Weber has 13 goals and 21 assists in 55 games.
The Habs will now have to try to make a playoff push without the 34-year-old native of Sicamous, B.C. Montreal entered Wednesday night’s play seven points out of a playoff spot.