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Canadiens' Sam Montembeault: Starting Saturday
Montembeault will defend the road goal in Ottawa on Saturday, Luc Gelinas of RDS reports.
Montembeault was on the bench Thursday, the first game he has not started in the past nine contests. Montembeault is 10-9-2 with a 3.14 GAA and a .910 save percentage this season. He will face a tired Ottawa team, who are in Toronto on Friday.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Cole Caufield: Separated shoulder twice
Caufield separated his shoulder twice this season, once before Christmas versus Dallas and finally versus Nashville on Jan. 12, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Caufield managed to play five more games after the Predators contest before the Canadiens shut him down for the season. He was able to pop his shoulder back into place both times, but it was eventually determined that Caufield would require season-ending surgery. The surgery will occur Feb. 1 as final details are still being sorted out. Caufield had already set a career high in goals with 26 and had 36 points in 46 games. He is expected to be ready for the start of training camp in September.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Joel Edmundson: Suffers upper body injury
Edmundson suffered an upper-body injury Thursday versus the Red Wings, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports.
The injury was originally reported as a lower-body issue but that was corrected Friday. Edmundson was hurt during the opening period. He has a goal and five assists in 39 games this season.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Kirby Dach: Assists on shortie
Dach had a short-handed assist, one shot on goal, three blocked shots and five penalty minutes over 22:01 of ice time in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to Detroit.
Dach carried the puck through the neutral zone and over the blue line before slipping a pass to Rafael Harvey-Pinard for a shorthanded marker that tied the game, 2-2. He's been Montreal's most prolific point producer of late, registering nine points (five goals, four assists) over the last 10 games. He has a career-high 32 points and counting. The former Blackhawk, who was selected third overall in 2019, has unlocked the offense in his first season with the Canadiens.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Alex Belzile: Creating offense on fourth line
Belzile had two assists, two shots on goal and two hits over 12:35 of ice time in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Red Wings.
Belzile was the secondary helper on goals by Michael Pezzetta and Rafael Harvey-Pinard, as the fourth line continues its resurgence. The 31-year-old Belzile has pointed in all three games since being called up and joined the fourth line, which has produced four goals in the last three contests.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Michael Pezzetta: Two-point night
Pezzetta had a goal and an assist in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to Detroit. He also had two shots on net, eight hits and blocked one shot over 13:43 of ice time.
Pezzetta took advantage of a carom off teammate Rafael Harvey-Pinard's skate to backhanded the puck for Montreal's first goal. He later returned the favor by setting up Harvey-Pinard's game-tying goal late in the second period. Multi-point nights are rare for the fourth-line forward, who has two two-pointers over 30 games.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Jake Allen: Heavy workload in first game back
Allen (upper body) made 38 saves in a 4-3 overtime loss to Detroit on Thursday.
It was his first start since January 7. He missed eight games with a lower-body injury. Even with Sam Montembeault performing well over the last few weeks, Allen is the Habs' starter and will continue to carry the proverbial mail for the team.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Rafael Harvey-Pinard: Career night for AHL call-up
Harvey-Pinard scored twice and added an assist in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Red Wings on Thursday.
He set up the Habs' first in the first on a feed to Michael Pezzetta. And then he notched a shortie in the second on a two-on-one break. Harvey-Pinard tied the game 3-3 late in the second when he drove the net and put a backhander past Ville Husso. It was a career night for the winger, who fired three shots, laid four hits and blocked three shots in 16:07. Harvey-Pinard was even on the ice to start overtime with Nick Suzuki, Kirby Dach and Mike Hoffman. The AHLer will continue to see time in the bottom six while the Habs work through injuries. He works hard, but won't repeat this kind of success.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Joel Edmundson: Exits with lower-body injury
Edmundson suffered a lower-body injury and won't return to Thursday's game versus the Red Wings.
Edmundson was hurt in the first period and ruled out early in the second. The 29-year-old's defensive presence will be missed if he's forced to miss additional time, but he has just six points in 39 games this season, so his absence won't impact most fantasy rosters.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Jake Allen: Back at it
Allen (upper body) will defend the blue paint during Thursday's home game versus the Red Wings.
Allen will be making his first start since Jan. 7, when he stopped 18 of 22 shots en route to a 5-4 victory over St. Louis. He'll try to pick up his 11th win of the year in a home matchup with a Detroit team that's gone 8-8-5 on the road this season.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Jake Allen: Cleared to return
Allen (upper body) was cleared to return to game action Wednesday, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.
The Canadiens sent Cayden Primeau back to AHL Laval, so Allen could play as soon as Thursday against Detroit. At the very least, he'll be the backup on the bench to Sam Montembeault, who has shined while Allen's been unavailable. Montembeault may get the start Thursday, but it would benefit the team for Allen to make at least one start before the Canadiens go on a 10-day break beginning Feb. 1. After facing Detroit, Montreal has games against Ottawa on Saturday (away) and next Tuesday (home).... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Cayden Primeau: Sent to AHL affiliate
Primeau was assigned to AHL Laval on Wednesday.
Primeau's demotion suggests Jake Allen (upper body) may be ready to return Thursday versus Detroit. As long as Allen and Sam Montembeault are both healthy, Primeau will likely remain in the minors.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Justin Barron: Logs another assist
Barron had an assist, two shots on goal, two hits and three blocked shots over 15:47 of ice time in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Bruins.
Barron's wrist shot from the point caromed around in front of Jeremy Swayman before the loose puck was deposited by Kirby Dach. It was the fourth helper in the last four games for Barron, who is not known for his offense.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Alex Belzile: Notches assist in loss
Belzile had an assist, two shots on goal, one hit and one blocked shot over 9:35 of ice time in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to Boston.
Belzile battled with David Krejci and Charlie McAvoy for a rebound and managed to stick the puck to Kirby Dach, who scored his second goal of night just 1:46 after the Bruins grabbed a 2-1 lead. Belzile is up with the team due to several injuries at forward and has given the Canadiens a lift with two assists in two games played. He opened on the fourth line but was given shifts with players on the top three lines during the third period, one of which led to Dach's tally.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Mike Hoffman: Runs point streak to four games
Hoffman had an assist, two shots on goal and two penalty minutes over 18:33 of ice time in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Bruins.
Hoffman had the secondary helper on the first of Kirby Dach's two goals. It was Hoffman's third consecutive game with an assist and extended his point streak to four contests. Like several members of the Canadiens, Hoffman has been a disappointment in the offensive zone, but injuries have paved a path to added playing time. Hoffman has averaged 17:24 of ice time during his streak, nearly three minutes more than his season average.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Evgenii Dadonov: Nifty assist in loss
Dadonov had an assist and one shot on goal over 14:43 of ice time in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to Boston.
Dadonov was jostled by Brandon Carlo in front of the net but managed to deflect a pass from Mike Hoffman to Kirby Dach, who beat Jeremy Swayman for the game's opening goal. It was the forward's third point in the last four games. The Canadiens have been waiting on Dadonov to turn on the offense, so much so that his lack of scoring led to him being a healthy scratch for five of eight games in late December, but the Canadiens need him now with a bevy of injuries to the team's forwards. Dadonov has four goals, nine assists and 60 shots through 39 contests.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Kirby Dach: Scores twice in loss
Dach tallied a pair of goals in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Bruins.
Dach accounted for both of Montreal's goals Tuesday, opening the scoring with a power-play tally in the second period before knocking home a rebound to score his second in the final frame. The 22-year-old Dach now has seven points (four goals, three assists) in his last seven games. He's up to 10 goals, a new career high, and 21 assists through 48 games this season.... See More ... See Less
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