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David Desharnais | Center

Team: Montreal Canadiens
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/14/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'7' / 176
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David Desharnais scored his 13th goal of the season during Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss to Nashville.
Desharnais was the beneficiary of PA Parenteau and Max Pacioretty's hard work as Desharnais simply had to tap it in, giving the Canadiens a brief 2-1 lead. He now has 43 points in 74 games this season. Mar 25 - 3:35 AM

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The Canadiens have shuffled their forward lines for Saturday night's game against San Jose.

David Desharnais will center a line featuring Alex Galchenyuk and P.A. Parenteau, while Tomas Plekanec will move up and play between Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallaghar. Plekanec gets a small fantasy boost here while Desharnais takes a corresponding hit.
Mar 21 - 11:37 AM

David Desharnais notched two assists and scored in the shootout, but it wasn't enough to lift the Habs as they fell 4-3 to Los Angeles on Thursday night.

He set up goals by Tom Gilbert and Max Pacioretty. Desharnais has been on a tear lately, with two goals and six points in his past five games. This season, the 28-year-old has 41 points in 65 games.
Mar 6 - 2:19 AM

David Desharnais scored twice in the Canadiens’ 4-0 win over the Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

Desharnais picked up two third-period goals, with one owing with the net empty. The 28-year-old hadn’t scored since Feb. 10, and he now has 11 goals and 38 points this season. Tomas Plekanec and Manny Malhotra also scored, his first of the season. Brendan Gallagher and Max Pacioretty picked up two helpers.

David Desharnais is currently riding a three-game point streak.

Desharnais played with Max Pacioretty during the first half of the season, but the two were then split up. After the Canadiens struggled to score, Michel Therrien decided it was time to put the two back together. The 28-year-old has three assists during the streak. Desharnais has nine goals and 35 points in 59 games this season.
Feb 22 - 9:13 AM

David Desharnais broke a 1-1 tie by scoring his ninth goal of the season to lift the Canadiens to an overtime win against the Flyers Tuesday night.

The slick forward suffered through a difficult month of January, but he has caught fire of late with points in five straight outings. He has picked up two goals and six assists for eight points during that span. Tomas Plekanec also contributed his 16th marker of the season in the victory.
Feb 10 - 10:49 PM

David Desharnais was the third star of the week for the period ending Feb. 8.

He registered one goals and five assists in three games to earn the honor. Desharnais is tied for second on the Canadiens with 23 assists in 42 games.
Source: NHL.com
Feb 9 - 5:27 PM

David Desharnais skated between Max Pacioretty and Dale Weise at practice on Thursday.

He was reunited with Pacioretty during Tuesday's loss to Buffalo and it led to a goal in the third period. "Davey’s been shooting more, he's become more of a dual threat," Pacioretty said. "I've been trying to become more of a dual threat and we have a line where I'm not just a scorer and Davey's not just a passer." Desharnais has eight goals 56 shots this season. It wouldn't be surprising if he passed the puck more alongside Pacioretty, but his assist total could get a boost.
Feb 6 - 11:18 AM

Montreal center David Desharnais scored a goal and added an assist for the Canadiens in a 3-2 loss to Buffalo Tuesday.

Desharnais was reunited with running mate Max Pacioretty in the game and immediately produced results. He offers little outside of his offense, but remains on pace to rack up close to 50 points. Brandon Prust also added his fourth of the year in the defeat.
Feb 4 - 1:27 AM

The Canadiens have shuffled their lines during Saturday morning's practice.

David Desharnais was back at center between Brendan Gallaghaer and Alex Galchenyuk, who as back at left wing. Tomas Plekanec centered a line featuring Max Pacioretty and Dale Weise, while Lars Eller skated between Jiri Sekac and Christian Thomas. The fourth unit was comprised of Michael Bournival, Manny Maholtra and Brandon Prust. If this is the way Habs' coach Michel Therrien deploys his troops against the Islanders, it is a boost for Desharnais and Weise.
Jan 17 - 11:04 AM

The Canadiens have shuffled their second and third lines for Monday's game against the Hurricanes.

David Desharnais, who has picked up his game of late, will skate on the wing alongside Tomas Plekanec and P.A. Parenteau on the Habs' second unit, while Jiri Sekac will rejoin Lars Eller and Brandon Prust on the third line. The Habs' first line of Alex Galchenyuk, Max Paciorrety and Brendan Gallagher will remain intact. It will be interesting to see if Desharnais and Plekanec can play together. The two have been the Canadiens' top two centers the past few seasons and have never played on the same line.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 10:17:00 AM

David Desharnais netted his fifth goal of the season in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the New York Islanders.

Desharnais has such a meager goal total because of his general reluctance to shoot the puck, but that's really not his game. In addition to his five tallies, the Montreal forward has dished out 15 assists and registered a plus-7 rating this year. He also has five points in his last five outings. Andrei Markov and Brendan Gallagher also scored for the Canadiens in the win.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 09:49:00 PM

Due in part to the injury to Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais will shift from center to left wing Saturday night against the Senators.

Desharnais, who has not been terribly effective as a pivot but who has been playing better as of late, will line up as left winger alongside Lars Eller and P.A. Parenteau. It will be interesting to see if Desharnais, who is a quick but small forward, is better suited on the flank than in the middle.
Sat, Dec 20, 2014 10:45:00 AM

David Desharnais scored his fourth goal of the season in Montreal's 2-1 loss to Anaheim on Thursday night.

Desharnais has 19 points through 33 games, with two goals and two assists in his past three contests. The 28-year-old's third period tally came on the power play.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 11:37:00 PM

David Desharnais ended a 12-game goal drought in Friday's win over Los Angeles.

Desharnais has really struggled offensively this season. The 28-year-old has played most of his NHL career centering Max Pacioretty, but Habs coach Michel Therrien has split the two up. Desharnais is currently between P.A. Parenteau and Michael Bournival. Desharnais started off slowly last season, but really turned it on in the second half of the season. He has three goals and 17 points in 31 games this season.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 09:40:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1David Desharnais
2Tomas Plekanec
3Lars Eller
4Manny Malhotra
LW1Max Pacioretty
2Alex Galchenyuk
3Jacob De La Rose
4Brian Flynn
5Michael Bournival
RW1Brendan Gallagher
2Dale Weise
3P. A. Parenteau
4Brandon Prust
5Torrey Mitchell
6Devante Smith-Pelly
D1P.K. Subban
2Andrei Markov
3Jeff Petry
4Sergei Gonchar
5Alexei Emelin
6Tom Gilbert
7Mike Weaver
8Nathan Beaulieu
9Greg Pateryn
G1Carey Price
2Dustin Tokarski