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Canadiens' Jake Evans: Returns to action
Evans had two shots on goal, two blocked shots and four penalty minutes over 11:58 of ice time in Thursday's 4-2 loss to Boston.
Evans was back on the ice for the first time since Jan. 14 after recovering from a lower-body injury. He centered the third line, between Rem Pitlick and Brendan Gallagher, while dominating the faceoff circle, winning five of seven draws.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Jake Allen: Another tough night
Allen made 17 saves in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Bruins.
Montreal actually out-shot Boston 31-21, but bad bounces and bad defensive play gave the Bruins an early 2-0 lead and the Habs never recovered. Allen remains winless in March, going 0-6-1 with a brutal 4.88 GAA and .853 save percentage, but with his team playing for nothing but better positioning in the draft lottery, the netminder will likely continue to see regular work over the final weeks.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Denis Gurianov: Helps on power play
Gurianov had a power-play assist, one shot on goal and one blocked shot over 17:27 of ice time in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Bruins.
Gurianov set up Nick Suzuki for a one-timer to put the Canadiens on the board late in what was a spirited and physical first period. The former Star has four goals and three assists over the last eight contests. The 25-year-old forward was one of four young Montreal forwards on the scoresheet, giving a glimpse of what next season might look like. In addition to Gurianov, Nick Suzuki (goal, assist), Kirby Dach (goal, assist) and Denis Gurianov (assist) made an impact against the NHL's best team.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Mike Matheson: Nabs power-play assist
Matheson had a power-play assist, five shots on goal, one hit, two blocked and four penalty minutes in Thursday's 4-2 loss to Boston.
Matheson found Kirby Dach at the side of the net for a goal that brought Montreal within a goal, 3-2, late in the second period. The defenseman continued a recent burst of offense and now has six points over the last six games.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Kirby Dach: Logs two points in loss
Dach logged two power-play points -- a goal and an assist -- and had three shots on net over 24:00 of ice time in Thursday's 4-2 loss to Boston.
Positioned at the side of the net, Dach finished off a perfect feed from Mike Matheson for his 14th goal of the season -- fifth on the power play -- and his second tally in as many games. He's produced three points overall in the two games since returning from a 16-game absence due to a lower-body injury. With Josh Anderson (ankle) done for the season, players like Dach will be looked on to take up some offensive slack. He's reborn with the Canadiens after the first-round pick stumbled in Chicago; Dach has a career-high 36 points (14 on the power play) over 55 games for Montreal.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Nick Suzuki: Posts third straight two-pointer
Suzuki recorded two power-play points -- a goal and an assist -- in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Bruins. He also had four shots on net, two hits and two blocked shots over 22:27 of ice time.
Suzuki's on fire, registering two points in three consecutive games. The goal was his career-high 22nd and the assist -- his 35th -- was the captain's 200th career point.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Josh Anderson: Done for season
Anderson sustained a high-ankle sprain Tuesday and won't return this season.
Anderson ended the campaign with 21 goals, 11 assists 164 shots on net, 139 hits and 72 PIM in 69 contests. The winger will likely be good to go for training camp in the fall, where he'll be in consideration for a top-six role once again.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Josh Anderson: Not playing Thursday
Anderson (lower body) will miss Thursday's game versus the Bruins, Jean-Francois Chaumont of Le Journal de Montreal reports.
Anderson was hurt late in Tuesday's game versus the Lightning. There's been no clear update on the winger's status yet, so he can be considered day-to-day for now.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Jake Evans: Activated from injured reserve
Evans (lower body) has been activated from injured reserve, according to the NHL media site.
Evans last played Jan. 14 against the Islanders. He has two goals and 11 points in 43 games this season.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Jesse Ylonen: Returns to practice
Ylonen (illness) returned to practice on Thursday and will likely be a healthy scratch versus Boston, Arpon Basu of The Athletic reports.
Ylonen had a stomach issue Tuesday but said he was 100 percent Thursday. The winger has five goals and 12 points in 29 games this season.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Jake Allen: In goal Thursday
Allen will get the starting nod on the road against the Bruins on Thursday, Marc Antoine Godin of The Athletic reports.
Allen has conceded six goals in each of his previous two contests, posting a combined .636 save percentage and 15.84 GAA. In fact, the veteran backstop is winless in six straight, having posted an 0-5-1 record over that stretch. With only a few games left this season, Allen almost certainly will miss the 20-win mark for the fifth straight campaign.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Jordan Harris: Ruled out against Bruins
Harris (lower body) will not be an option for Thursday's matchup with Boston, Arpon Basu of The Athletic reports.
Harris was pointless in his last eight games prior to his injury absence, so fantasy players are unlikely to be significantly impacted by his return. Even once given the all-clear, the blueliner may have to spend some time in the press box as a healthy scratch as he competes with minutes alongside Johnny Kovacevic.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Jake Evans: Could return Thursday
Evans (lower body) may be available versus the Bruins on Thursday, Arpon Basu of The Athletic reports.
Coach Martin St. Louis didn't go so far as to confirm Evans would be in the lineup against Boston and the winger still needs to be activated off injured reserve but all signs point to him suiting up Thursday. If he does get onto the ice, the 26-year-old Toronto native figures to slot into a third-line role but could see time with one of the power-play units.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Sam Montembeault: Sharp in Tuesday's win
Montembeault stopped 31 shots in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Lightning.
The Canadiens were out-shot 33-20 on the night, but Montembeault was able to steal a win with some big saves. The 26-year-old has seen action in five straight games as Jake Allen continues to struggle, and while his .905 save percentage over that stretch isn't exceptional, it's good enough to earn him consistent work over the final weeks of the season.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Denis Gurianov: Fitting in with Habs
Gurianov had an assist, one shot on goal, two blocked shots and two penalty minutes over 14:11 of ice time in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Lightning.
Gurianov hit Jonathan Drouin in stride, setting up Montreal's second goal, and gave the newest Canadien seven points in 12 games since joining the team. Six of those seven points were posted in the last seven contests. Gurianov earned his way into the top-six and is getting 15:41 TOI per game, nearly four minutes more than he was averaging in Dallas.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Nick Suzuki: Logs two assists in win
Suzuki had two assists, one shot on goal and one blocked shot over 18:49 in Tuesday's 3-2 win over Tampa Bay.
Suzuki also had two takeaways with the bigger of two coming in the second period. He picked the pocket of Mikhail Sergachev, which initiated the sequence that resulted in Mike Matheson's game-winning tally. Suzuki earlier set up Kirby Dach for the Canadiens' first goal. The top-line center, who has played with changing partners all year long, has two consecutive games with multiple assists and achieved that feat three times in the last five contests. At 55 points through 71 games, Suzuki is taking aim on the career-high 61 he registered last season.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Mike Matheson: Nets game-winner
Matheson scored a goal on five shots over 25:31 of ice time in Tuesday's 3-2 win over Tampa Bay.
Matheson's seeing-eye wrist shot found its way through traffic and behind Andrei Vasilevskiy for the game-winning goal. Since Matheson returned from Montreal's bye week Feb. 11, he leads all NHL defensemen with seven goals scored (20 games). He's always been a risk taker offensively, which led to issues for Matheson when he played for Florida, but the 29-year-old developed a skill of knowing when to take risks thanks to his two years with the Penguins' coaching staff, per Arpon Basu and Marc Antoine Godin of The Athletic, and Montreal head coach Martin St. Louis recognizes it. "I think he's found more consistency with it," St. Louis said. "To me, it's all about how many chips you have in the bank. You know? So if you make a bad [read] and it costs a scoring chance or a goal, I'll live with it if your chip count is high. He's built his chip count pretty well." For the season, Matheson has eight goals and 16 assists in 37 games.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher: Logs third-line minutes in return
Gallagher had one shot on goal, one hit, one blocked shot and two penalty minutes over 13:58 of ice time in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Lightning.
Gallagher suited up for the first time since Jan. 3 and just the fourth time in the last 45 games. He returned to action on third line, skating with Mike Hoffman and Alex Belzile. Gallagher has nine points (four goals) over 26 contests.... See More ... See Less
Team Statistical Rankings
|GF AVG||GA AVG||Power Play|
|C. Caufield RW Cole Caufield RW||Shoulder|
|J. Slafkovsky LW Juraj Slafkovsky LW||Lower Body|
|J. Anderson RW Josh Anderson RW||Ankle|
|K. Guhle D Kaiden Guhle D||Ankle|
|A. Xhekaj D Arber Xhekaj D||Shoulder|
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