Player News - Canadiens

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Jordie Benn suited up against Los Angeles on Wednesday night.

Benn was a healthy scratch Tuesday against San Jose. His return bumped Brandon Davidson to the press box. Benn logged 12:39 of ice time in Montreal's 5-1 loss and he wasn't on the ice for any of the Kings' goals.
Oct 19 - 9:23 AM

Paul Byron scored a goal with two hits in 17:55 of ice time in Tuesday's 5-1 setback in Los Angeles.

There weren't a lot of highlights on the Montreal side of the ledger, but Byron did give the team a brief lead before the Kings woke up for five unanswered markers. Despite the goal he is a third-line player on a bad team right now, so he warrants very little in the way of fantasy consideration.
Oct 19 - 3:25 AM

Al Montoya allowed five goals on 42 shots in Wednesday's 5-1 loss ins Los Angeles.

Montoya was getting a chance with Carey Price resting after some early-season struggles. The results were about the same, as Montoya offered little relief. He sees sporadic playing time and isn't worth using in most pools unless Price goes down with some sort of long-term ailment.
Oct 19 - 3:22 AM

Alex Galchenyuk will skate on Montreal's first line on Wednesday night.

Galchenyuk had been on the fourth line, but he and the Canadiens need a spark. He'll play as a right winger on a line with Jonathan Drouin and Max Pacioretty. This is an intriguing move by head coach Claude Julien.
Oct 18 - 10:19 PM

David Schlemko underwent surgery to remove a bone fragment in his hand.

Schlemko will need three-to-four weeks to recover. The timing of his injury is particularly unfortunate given that the 30-year-old defenseman had just been recalled on Saturday.
Source: NHL.com
Oct 18 - 5:42 PM

Al Montoya will be the Canadiens' starter on Wednesday.

That will provide Carey Price, who has struggled out of the gate, his first game off of the campaign. Montoya had a 2.67 GAA and .912 save percentage in 19 contests this season.
Oct 18 - 5:40 PM

Victor Mete picked up his first NHL point in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to San Jose.

Mete set up a Shea Weber power-play goal in the second period. The rookie defender logged 21:25 of ice time in the contest and he finished with a minus-2 rating.
Oct 18 - 8:36 AM

Shea Weber notched a power-play goal in Tuesday's 5-2 loss in San Jose while also chipping in with a pair of blocked shots and four hits.

Weber has a hard shot, but he hasn't really been terribly active in the offensive zone to date. He has taken two or fewer shots in four of his six games and his minus-3 rating hasn't been terribly attractive, either. Despite the struggles he remains one of the better offensive rearguards in the game, and he'll give you a healthy amount of hits and blocked shots, too.
Oct 18 - 3:34 AM

Jeff Petry was scoreless with a plus-1 rating in Tuesday's road loss at San Jose, but he made his mark with four shots on goal, a blocked shot and four hits.

Petry will help out with occasional points, collecting eight goals with 28 points last season. However, his main contributions come in the hits and blocked shots categories, as he managed 171 and 145 respectively in 2016-17.
Oct 18 - 3:30 AM

Jonathan Drouin scored a goal and added an assist on the power play in Tuesday's 5-2 setback in San Jose.

The Habs have struggled on the offensive end, but Drouin has at least answered the bell over the past two outings. He has two goals and two assists over the past two losses. He is coming off a career-high 53 points last season with the Lightning, and you can expect similar results as he is heavily counted upon for points in Montreal.
Oct 18 - 3:28 AM

Carey Price allowed four goals on 34 shots in Tuesday's 5-2 loss in San Jose.

Price has struggled mightily so far this season, posting a 1-4-1 record with a 3.56 goals-against average and a paltry .885 save percentage through six starts. He has allowed at least two goals in each of his appearances, including a total of 11 markers in the past three starts. It's too early to hit the panic button, so don't compound his slow start by dropping him and seeing Price get hot on someone else's team.
Oct 18 - 3:25 AM

Joe Morrow is expected to make his Canadiens debut on Tuesday night against San Jose.

Morrow was signed by Montreal as an unrestricted free agent, but he's served as the seventh/eighth defenseman so far. He'll take Jordie Benn's spot in the lineup tonight. He has no fantasy value.
Oct 17 - 4:35 PM

David Schlemko does not appear to be ready to return from his hand injury yet.

Schlemko didn't accompany his teammates on their trip to San Jose for Tuesday night's matchup. He played in one AHL contest with Laval during a brief conditioning stint, but still hasn't made his season debut with the Canadiens.
Oct 17 - 10:03 AM

Carey Price will be back between the pipes Tuesday at San Jose.

Price has gone winless in his last four outings after he started the year with a win over Buffalo. He has a 3.45 goals-against average and an .885 save percentage in five matches this campaign.
Oct 16 - 3:52 PM

Mark Streit has been placed on unconditional waivers and the next step will be to terminate his contract.

Streit appeared in just two games with the Canadiens this season. He cleared waivers on Friday and was sent to the minors, but he didn't report to the AHL because he wanted to consider his options. It's unclear what his plans are at this time.
Oct 15 - 12:13 PM


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