Player News - Canadiens

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Rookie defenseman Nathan Beaulieu increased his chances of making the Montreal Canadiens' opening-night roster with two points in a 3-1 exhibition win over the Blackhawks in Chicago Wednesday night.

Beaulieu, who notched 52 points in 53 games in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last year, had a goal Wednesday and assisted on one scored by Rene Bourque. All four goals in this game were scored in the third period. Michael Bournival put one into the empty net in the final minute. Andrew Shaw scored for Chicago. Beaulieu may well be worth acquiring for your fantasy team. At 6-foot-1, 184 pounds, the 21-year-old skates well and is offensive-minded. Montreal goalie Carey Price turned in a gem, making 31 saves to record the win. Chicago goalie Antti Raanta stopped only 16 of 18 Montreal shots in taking the loss.
Oct 1 - 11:03 PM

Travis Moen skated on Montreal's fifth line, with Michael Bournival and Christian Thomas, during practice on Tuesday.

He suited up in 65 games with the Canadiens last season, but it looks like he'll be an extra forward when the 2014-15 campaign begins. Moen doesn't have any fantasy value.
Oct 1 - 11:28 AM

Alex Galchenyuk got another look at center in Sunday's 2-0 preseason loss to Washington.

He had three shots and a minus-2 rating in the defeat. Galchenyuk did manage to win 70 percent of his 10 faceoffs, but it's likely that he'll be on the wing when the regular season begins.
Sep 29 - 10:09 AM

Carey Price stopped 29 of 30 shots, as the Montreal Canadiens were defeated 2-0 by the Washington Capitals on Sunday night.

Price appeared to be in mid-season form. He was beaten by Joel Ward with 1:29 left in the third period. The Canadiens didn't give Price any run support tonight. Washington held Montreal to only 18 shots on goal. On a positive note, Price seems to be completely healed from the knee injury that ended his playoffs early last year.
Sep 28 - 8:49 PM

The Montreal Canadiens trimmed their training camp roster down to 35 players on Sunday.

The Habs announced that they’ve sent Mac Bennett, Tim Bozon, Daniel Carr, Michael Condon, Connor Crisp, Morgan Ellis, Joe Finley, Stefan Fournier, TJ Henisick, Charles Hudon, Patrick Holland, David Makowski, Jack Neviens, Magnus Nygren, Bobby Shea, Nick Sorkin and Dalton Thrower. The team also announced that they have released Justin Baker, Riley Brace, Joël Chouinard, Tanner Eberle, Sahir Gill, Stefano Momesso, Evan Wardley and Zach Yuen. None of these cuts are overly surprising.
Sep 28 - 4:54 PM

The Montreal Canadiens have sent Nikita Scherbak to the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League.

Scherbak was the Habs’ first round pick in the 2014 NHL draft. The 18-year-old flashed some skill during training camp, but it was unrealistic for anyone to expect him to make the team out of camp.
Sep 28 - 4:52 PM

After starting the pre-season at center, Alex Galchenyuk was moved back to left wing on Saturday.

Galchenyuk skated on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher. The Habs drafted Galchenyuk as a center, but he has yet to see significant ice time in the middle. "I’m not the coach and I’ll play wherever they want me to play," said Galchenyuk. The 20-year-old is extremely skilled, but has struggled with the defensive duties that come with playing center. No matter which forward position he plays, Galchenyuk should surpass the 13 goals and 31 points he scored last season.
Sep 28 - 8:59 AM

With his impressive play this preseason, Jiri Sekac has almost guaranteed himself a roster spot on the Habs' third line.

He scored a goal in Montreal's 3-2 victory over Colorado Friday night and continues to play solid two-way hockey. In fact, many who witnessed Friday night's contest thought he was the best Montreal skater on the ice. Sekac is a veteran of the KHL and seems to be adjusting to the NHL game. He could be a very solid third-liner in the league but will have limited to little fantasy value.
Sep 27 - 10:01 AM

With his performance Friday night against Colorado, Dustin Tokarski took a big step forward in his battle for the Habs' backup job with Peter Budaj.

Tokarski played the entire game and stopped 27 of 29 shots in a 3-2 win, all the more impressive as the Canadiens dressed a very young lineup in front of him. Montreal coach Michel Therrien was certainly impressed. "He's a gamer," said Therrien. "You look at the way he played in the playoffs and this was a tough game for him tonight. He was playing against a very good team with not much experience in front of him. But he battled hard and he deserved the win." It will be interesting to see how this battle winds up but Tokarski's fantasy stock certainly went up Friday night.
Sep 27 - 9:51 AM

Brandon Prust was the hero on Friday night as he scored the game winning goal on a breakaway late in the third period.

The unlikely goal scorer helped Montreal improve to 3-0-0 so far in the preseason. Prust scored six goals in 52 games for the Canadiens last year and has 35 goals for his career.
Sep 26 - 10:53 PM

Nikita Scherbak will play in his third straight preseason game on Friday.

Montreal took Scherbak with the 26th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He's not likely to make the team, but the Canadiens are giving him every opportunity to prove himself.
Sep 26 - 12:33 PM

Dale Weise was supposed to suit up tonight against Colorado, but sat out instead with what's being reported as a "neck injury."

The always reliable Renaud Lavoie had no futher details, but also pointed out that it "doesn't look that bad but was not 100% to play tonight."
Sep 25 - 11:35 PM

P.K. Subban's three points drove the Habs past the Avalanche 3-2 in overtime during Thursday night's preseason action.

Subban assisted on the opening and game winning goals, while scoring the tying goal on the power play late in the second period. Alex Galchenyuk scored the overtime winner while Nathan MacKinnon pitched in two assists for Colorado. Reto Berra played valiantly for the Avs with 33 saves in the loss, while Peter Budaj went 17-17 in relief of Carey Price, who allowed two goals on 10 shots in the first half of the game. Subban had a game-high six shots along with a penalty and three hits through a whopping 29:43 of ice time.
Sep 25 - 10:28 PM

The Montreal Canadiens announced that Michael McCarron (shoulder) will be out for six weeks.

McCarron was injured in Tuesday’s preseason game against Boston when he crashed into the side of the Bruins’ net. The 2013 first round pick wasn’t expected to make the Habs roster out of camp.
Sep 25 - 6:00 PM

P.A. Parenteau will make his Canadiens debut on Thursday night.

Parenteau will be taking on his former team, the Colorado Avalanche. The Habs acquired the 31-year-old from the Avs this summer in return for Daniel Briere. Parenteau will skate on the Canadiens top line with David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty. A 20-goal and 50 to 60 point season isn’t out of the question for Parenteau this season.
Sep 25 - 2:22 PM


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