Player News - Canadiens

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Carey Price blocked 31 shots in Team Canada's 5-3 win over Team Russia in the World Cup of Hockey on Saturday night.

Price had to survive only seven shots on goal during the first period and eight in the second. Russia scored twice in the second to give Canada a minor scare, but their lead didn't last long and Canada's offense proved to be too hot to handle. The Canadians will meet the winner of Sunday's Team Europe versus Team Sweden match in the finals.
Sep 24 - 10:28 PM

Carey Price will tend Canada's net against Russia in Saturday's semi-final.

Price has turned away 63 of 65 shots faced through his two games of action in the round robin portion of the tournament. He also stopped 24 of 26 against Russia in the prelims. Canada has been utterly dominant thus far in the World Cup and Price is considered the best goalie in the world, so this one should be fun.
Source: Tom Gulitti
Sep 24 - 6:32 PM

Greg Pateryn believes he's ready to become a regular at the NHL level.

Pateryn has spent plenty of time with the Canadiens, but he hasn't played consistently. "I know what I’m capable of and sometimes it takes a little while to find your comfort level," said Pateryn. "Sometimes you have to get your mind set to get over that hump. I’m trying to play my game and sometimes it takes longer for some guys." Even if he does become a regular in 2016-17, the 26-year-old probably won't light up the scoresheet. He plays more of a physical defensive game. He has no fantasy relevance in standard leagues.
Sep 24 - 9:28 AM

Daniel Carr found himself on Montreal's third line during the opening day of training camp.

Carr skated with David Desharnais and Sven Andrighetto. The young forward got his first taste of NHL action last season, as he registered nine points in 23 games, but it was his ability to do little things well that made him stand out. He probably won't produce enough to be fantasy relevant, but he should be able to stick somewhere on the Canadiens' top three lines.
Sep 24 - 9:22 AM

Alexander Radulov is projected to start the 2016-17 season alongside Tomas Plekanec and Andrew Shaw on the second line.

If that is a combination that sticks then Radulov and Plekanec have the potential to provide the Canadiens with some secondary scoring. Radulov should also get plenty of power-play action, so 50-60 points is a possibility.
Sep 21 - 10:41 AM

Alex Galchenyuk is projected to start the year between Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher.

Galchenyuk was the Canadiens' top center at the end of the 2015-16 season and he proved that he is ready for the role. He registered 30 goals, including 16 in his last 22 games, and he produced 56 points in 82 matches.
Sep 21 - 10:34 AM

Carey Price stopped 34 of 36 shots in Tuesday's 4-2 win over Team USA.

The Americans got on the board first when Ryan McDonagh beat Price in the opening frame, but it was all Team Canada after that. Price has looked good in two tournament starts. That's good news for Team Canada, the Montreal Canadiens and his fantasy stock. Through two games, Price has a .968 save percentage in the tournament. Canada will take on Team Europe with first place on the line on Wednesday, but Price will get the night off because Canada isn't willing to play in him twice in two nights.
Sep 20 - 11:11 PM

Mikhail Sergachev was excellent during Sunday's rookie tournament match versus Ottawa.

He assisted on a pair of goals by Daniel Audette before leaving the game with an injury. Sergachev was hit hard into the boards by Vincent Dunn in the second period and the team decided to hold him out for the rest of the contest. It is not believed that he sustained a concussion on the hit, so hopefully he will be able to participate in training camp for the Canadiens. Sergachev was taken with the ninth overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.
Sep 19 - 10:27 AM

Sidney Crosby was impressed by what he saw from Carey Price is Saturday's 6-0 win over the Czech Republic.

Price had only played in a handful of pre-tournament games since injuring his knee last November. He didn't appear to be too rusty as he was able to pick up the shutout. "He was just really sharp and like you've seen so many times before, he makes those timely saves," Crosby said of Price. "He makes difficult saves look pretty easy. He did a great job for us tonight." Price probably won't make every start for Team Canada, but expect him to be the number one guy during this tournament.
Sep 18 - 11:55 AM

Zach Fucale took responsibility for Montreal's 4-3 loss to Toronto in Saturday's rookie tournament game.

Fucale allowed the game-winning goal to sneak between his body and his left arm. "I’ll take the blame for that one," said Fucale. "The guys showed a lot of character to come back and I made the mistake. There were some good things and there are some things I have to work on." The Canadiens will expect better from the 21-year-old, who's entering his second year of professional hockey. With Carey Price, Al Montoya, Mike Condon and Charlie Lindgren ahead of him on the depth chart, don't expect Fucale to suit up in any NHL games this season.
Sep 18 - 11:10 AM

Carey Price stopped all 27 shots he faced in Saturday's 6-0 win over Team Czech Republic.

Not bad for a guy that's played just a handful of pre-tournament minutes since injuring his knee last November. Canada was clearly the dominant side in this game, but Price still had to come up with a few key saves during this contest. It's unclear how coach Mike Babcock will divide the starts for his goalies, but unless he falters, expect price to be Canada's go-to guy.
Sep 17 - 11:22 PM

Carey Price will be between the pipes for Canada's game against the Czech Republic on Saturday night.

Price missed most of last season with a knee injury and although he's looked shaky at times in pre-tournament action, Team Canada trusts him to start their opener. Corey Crawford will serve as Price's backup, while Braden Holtby is a healthy scratch.
Sep 17 - 12:18 PM

Ryan Johnston scored a pair of goals during Friday's rookie tournament game against Pittsburgh.

The Canadiens won the game 8-3. Johnston was the star of the show during last year's rookie tournament and he seems to have picked up where he left off. He's only 5-foot-10, 182 pounds, which makes him undersized by NHL standards, but he's capable of moving the puck effectively. "I always believe in myself and I think that showed today," said Johnston. "I’ve always been the guy in the shadows, the other guys can have the spotlight. I just try to play my game." Johnston probably won't start the year with the Canadiens, but he could be called up if injuries strike.
Sep 17 - 10:11 AM

Michael McCarron scored two goals and an assist in Friday's 8-3 win over the Penguins in the opening game of the rookie tournament.

After playing 20 games with the Canadiens last year, we expected McCarron to dominate during this tournament and he got off to a nice start. "We weathered the storm early," said McCarron. "(Goaltender Charlie Lindgren) and our defence held us in for the first 10, 15 minutes. We were really struggling but we’re together in that room. We’re all good friends and it translates on the ice." If he keeps playing well in the rookie tournament and into training camp, there could be a spot waiting for him on the NHL roster this year.
Sep 17 - 10:07 AM

The World Cup exhibition games have seemed to help Carey Price in his road to return from a knee injury.

Price hadn't played since November before getting the opportunity to participate in two warmup contests for Team Canada. "I had kind of forgotten how long a game day was, going through the whole routine of morning skate, warmup, then the game," Price said Thursday. "You kind of forget how much mental preparation goes into it. … I'd like to get back to my routine of going through all the stages of game day. It was nice to go through that a couple of times. By the end of [Wednesday] it was feeling pretty comfortable." Price should get another start on Saturday against the Czech Republic as the World Cup officially gets underway.
Source: WCH2016.com
Sep 16 - 1:19 PM


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