And so the annual crap begins.
The Montreal Canadiens could play the next month of their schedule without arguably their top forward.
The club announced via its Twitter account Saturday night that Max Pacioretty underwent an emergency appendectomy and will miss the next three to four weeks. The surgery took place Saturday in Montreal.
Pacioretty, 24, has four assists in three games for the Canadiens this season. He led the club in 2011-12 with 65 points (33 goals, 32 assists).
The Canadiens host the New Jersey Devils on Sunday at the Bell Centre.