Player News - Canadiens

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Andrei Markov resumed skating Saturday as he tries to come back from a groin muscle injury.

This is good news as Markov had stopped skating Thursday when the recovery progress had seemingly come to a halt. We do not expect Markov to return to action before the All-Star break, although a return soon thereafter is a possibility.
Jan 22 - 11:12 AM

Carey Price was sharp stopping 35 shots Saturday night, but he still lost.

It was Price's fifth loss in his last six starts. Although Price is still one of, if not, the best goalie in the NHL, he is slummping at the moment.
Jan 22 - 11:04 AM

Carey Price faced 38 shots and gave up three goals Saturday night as the Canadiens lost 3-2 to the Sabres.

Price lost four of his previous five games with an average save percentage of .859, so there is some reason to be hopeful in his .921 Saturday. He had a GAA of .291 against the Sabres, which was his second best mark in the past six games.
Jan 21 - 11:29 PM

Phillip Danault scored his 10th goal of the season and Artturi Lehkonen got his 11th as the Canadiens lost 3-2 to the Sabres Saturday night.

Both shooters were experiencing five-game streaks without a goal. Danault and Lehkonen each scored last against the Jets January 11. Danault has been a little more productive in the intervening games with three assists, however, to Lehkonen’s one.
Jan 21 - 10:47 PM

Daniel Carr and Ryan Johnston will be scratched against the Sabres on Saturday.

Carr has posted just seven points and 18 hits in 28 games thus far. Meanwhile Johnston has yet to make much of an impact on the stat sheet.
Jan 21 - 5:56 PM

Max Pacioretty scored a power play goal in Friday's 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.

Pacioretty scored the third of three power play goals for the Canadiens. The Habs captain now has 21 goals and 17 assists 47 games this season. He's on pace to find the back of the net 37 times in 2016-17.
Jan 21 - 12:46 PM

Shea Weber scored the game-winning goal in Friday's 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.

Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid had no chance on Weber's power play blast from the blue line. The goal also snapped an eight-game goalless drought for the Canadiens defenseman. Weber has found the back of the net 11 times, which puts him on pace for 19 in 2016-17.
Jan 21 - 12:44 PM

Alexander Radulov picked up three assists in Friday's 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.

All three of the helpers were registered while the Canadiens were on the power play. Radulov helped set up goals by Alex Galchenyuk, Shea Weber and Max Pacioretty. Radulov has 10 goals and 25 assists in 45 games this season.
Jan 21 - 12:40 PM

It's confirmed, Carey Price will indeed take on Buffalo on Saturday.

Just once over his last five games has Price allowed fewer than four goals against, and over his last 10 games he's allowed fewer than three goals just twice. He's 3-5-2 with 35 goals against and an .883 save percentage over that span as well. Starting Price is always the right idea but if you have a quality secondary option, you'd be rational to play someone who isn't struggling at the moment.
Jan 21 - 12:15 PM

Alex Galchenyuk registered a goal and two assists in a 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

All of his points came on the power play. Galchenyuk took a nice feed from Radulov for the first goal of the game for the Habs. He then picked up two assists on power-play goals by Shea Weber and Max Pacioretty. With 27 points in 29 games, Galchenyuk is having the breakout season we all expected.
Jan 20 - 10:54 PM

Al Montoya stopped 16 of 17 shots in a 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Friday.

With the Canadiens playing the Sabres tomorrow, the Habs decided on giving Price an extra days rest and turned to Montoya against the Devils. The moved payed off with the Habs playing excellent defense, limiting the Devils to just 17 shots. Montoya's record improved to 7-4-2 on the year and is proving to be a solid backup for the Canadiens.
Jan 20 - 10:44 PM

Daniel Carr and Ryan Johnston will be scratched against the Devils on Friday.

Through 28 games so far this season Carr has posted just seven points with 18 hits. Johnston through seven games meanwhile has picked up no points and little else.
Jan 20 - 6:38 PM

Alex Galchenyuk moved to a line between Sven Andrighetto and Andrew Shaw at Thursday's practice.

He scored a goal in his return to the lineup from a knee injury, but he hasn't posted a point in his last two outings. Galchenyuk had a minus-2 rating and no shots against Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Coach Michel Therrien intends to move Galchenyuk back up when "his level of play returns."
Jan 20 - 8:50 AM

Phillip Danault skated on the top line Thursday at practice.

He was back between Max Pacioretty and Alexander Radulov, which sent Alex Galchenyuk to a combination with Sven Andrighetto and Andrew Shaw. Danault was playing on Montreal's first line when Galchenyuk was hurt and he enjoyed some success there.
Jan 20 - 8:44 AM

Carey Price is expected to start on Saturday against Buffalo.

Price will get Friday's game off though. He has allowed four or more goals in four of his last five contests, so we'll see if he can turn things around when he faces the Sabres.
Jan 19 - 1:15 PM


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