Player News - Canadiens

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Canadiens prospect Nikita Scherbak was taken off on a stretcher during a WHL game on Saturday, but he seems to have avoided serious injury.

Scherbak was reportedly injured on a legal hit into the boards. He was taken to hospital but was discharged later on that night. Tests showed that the Everett Silvertips' forward did not suffer any major injuries. He will undergo more tests on Monday. Scherbak was the Habs' first round pick in last June's NHL entry draft.
Nov 23 - 11:12 PM

Dustin Tokarski allowed five goals on 34 shots in Montreal's 5-0 loss to the New York Rangers on Sunday.

Even though his numbers weren't pretty, this loss wasn't Tokarski's fault. The Habs came out with no emotion in the second game of their back-to-back this weekend. It's the first time this season that Tokarski has allowed more than two goals in a start (he allowed three in a relief appearance vs. Tampa Bay). The 25-year-old has been solid for Montreal, but he has no fantasy value because he's stuck behind Carey Price. Tokarski is 3-2-0 with a 2.37 goals-against-average and a .919 save percentage. He would only be worth owning if Price went down to injury.
Nov 23 - 9:55 PM

Montreal's first line of Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais and Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau had a rough night in Montreal's 5-0 loss to the New York Rangers.

The trio were a combined minus-9 on the night. They line only managed four shots on goal. The Canadiens played (and won) in Boston last night but they seemed to have no gas left in the tank to face the Rangers tonight. The Habs are still at the top of the Eastern Conference with 33 points.
Nov 23 - 9:47 PM

For the second consecutive game, Nathan Beaulieu and Drayson Bowman will be healthy scratches. This time against the Rangers on Sunday night.

Coach Therrien simply noted that he wanted to go with the same lineup that beat Boston, albeit with Carey Price in net instead of Dustin Tokarski.
Nov 23 - 5:30 PM

Carey Price shutout the Boston Bruins for the first time (regular season) in his career.

Price has also won five consecutive starts against the Bruins dating back to last year's playoffs. The 27-year-old has 13-4-1 record with a 2.35 goals-against-average and a .922 save percentage. Some would argue that he is the best goalie in the NHL right now.
Nov 23 - 12:50 PM

Andrei Markov scored his 100th NHL goal in Montreal's 2-0 win over Boston on Saturday.

Markov has played his entire 14-year career with the Habs and has been one of their top defensemen since he's come into the league. The 35-year-old can still produce offense. He has two goals and 10 points in 22 games this season.
Nov 23 - 12:45 PM

Bryan Allen made his Canadiens' debut on Saturday night against the Boston Bruins.

Allen played 14:30 in the game. The 34-year-old was acquired earlier this week from Anaheim for Rene Bourque. He has no fantasy value going forward.
Nov 23 - 12:41 PM

Andrei Markov registered a power-play goal in the Canadiens’ 2-0 win over the Bruins on Saturday night.

Markov also had two shots on goal and two penalty minutes. With two goals and 10 points in 22 games, Markov has been pretty quiet offensively this season. While he has the pedigree, it’s worth noting that he’s 37 years old and everyone in the league slows down at some point. Tomas Plekanec potted the other goal and had a helper. Brendan Gallagher assisted twice, while Alex Galchenyuk picked up the other helper.
Nov 22 - 10:52 PM

Carey Price was a perfect 30-for-30 in the Candiens’ 2-0 victory Saturday night against the Bruins.

Price leads the league with 13 wins, and he has six wins over his last seven starts. The Habs netminder is an excellent top option in fantasy leagues, with a 2.35 goals-against average and .922 save percentage. It’s possible we’re looking at the start of one of his best seasons yet.
Nov 22 - 10:51 PM

Nathan Beaulieu and Drayson Bowman will be watching Montreal take on Boston on Saturday night.

With just five games and no points between them, there's little wonder why Coach Therrien may want to find softer competition for Beaulieu and Bowman.
Nov 22 - 6:12 PM

Bryan Allen will make his Montreal Canadiens debut on Saturday after being traded from the Anaheim Ducks.

The 34-year-old is most useful for penalty minutes. In 716 career regular season games, Allen has 29 goals, 135 points and 837 PIM. Allen had 75 PIM in 68 games last season.
Nov 22 - 12:40 PM

Dustin Tokarski will get the start Sunday against the Rangers.

Carey Price will face the Bruins Saturday night as the Habs have back-to-back games this weekend. Tokarski's last start was a good one. He defeated Detroit 4-1 last Sunday stopping 28 shots.
Nov 22 - 11:25 AM

Bryan Allen, who was acquired in a trade with Anaheim on Thursday, is available for action Saturday night against Boston.

That doesn't mean Allen will suit up, though. Mike Weaver returned to action from injury Thursday so the Habs have plenty of choices for their game-day roster. If Allen does get into the contest, you can expect the usual from him---no points and some PIMs.
Nov 22 - 10:51 AM

Carey Price will be in goal Saturday night against the Bruins.

He has always played well against Boston and has a 2-0 record against the Bruins this season. We would start Price with confidence Saturday night.
Nov 22 - 10:43 AM

Nathan Beaulieu will probably be going down to the minors soon.

Mike Weaver got back in the lineup Thursday after a one-game absence with an upper-body injury, which made Beaulieu a healthy scratch. Montreal also acquired Bryan Allen from Anaheim on Thursday, which could result in Beaulieu heading down to the AHL.
Nov 21 - 9:04 AM

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