Player News - Canadiens

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Carey Price will get the start in net for the Habs as they host the New Jersey Devils at the Bell Centre on Thursday night.

The Habs haven't played since Saturday night's debacle versus the Oilers on home ice, when Price was pulled after allowing four goals on just 14 shots. The team enjoyed some much-needed rest so perhaps they can bounce back after losing three in a row. Price sports an uncharacteristic 8-9-2 record along with a 3.16 goals-against average and a .899 save percentage. Price is 11-10-1 versus the Devils in his career. The Canadiens really need him to improve on that record Thursday night.
Source: Stu Cowan
Dec 14 - 6:12 PM

Shea Weber took part in Wednesday's practice and he will play Thursday even though he has been dealing with a lower-body injury.

Weber sat out seven games due to the ailment and hadn't practiced with his teammates since a morning skate on Dec. 2. "Nobody plays at 100 percent," he said. "Everyone feels different sorts of pain and finds a way and you just got to get your job done."
Dec 14 - 9:44 AM

Shea Weber missed Tuesday's practice for some more therapy.

Montreal had Sunday and Monday off, so Weber's absence was noticeable. He also hasn't participated in any practices or morning skates since Dec. 2. Weber is clearly banged up, but said he is "good enough to play." The Canadiens host New Jersey on Thursday night.
Dec 13 - 9:42 AM

Montreal has loaned Victor Mete to Canada for their National Junior Team Selection Camp.

The camp opens on Dec. 12 and runs until Dec. 15 at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines, ON. "We've made the decision to allow Victor Mete to join Team Canada's Selection Camp to give him an opportunity to participate in a very beneficial experience for his development," Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin said in a statment. "The World Junior Hockey Championship is a very elite and very competitive tournament, and this can be a very rewarding opportunity for a young player." Mete made Montreal's roster out of training camp and he has contributed four assists in 27 games.
Dec 11 - 12:12 PM

Nikita Scherbak has been reassigned to AHL Laval.

Scherbak suffered a knee injury on Oct. 26 that led to surgery. He's presumably healthy enough to resume playing, which is why he's heading to the AHL.
Source: NHL.com
Dec 10 - 2:33 PM

Phillip Danault scored a goal in the Canadiens' 6-2 loss to Edmonton.

Danault has only been held off the scoresheet once over his last six games. He's up to six goals and 18 points in 31 games this season, which puts him on pace to surpass his 2016-17 total of 40 points.
Dec 10 - 10:38 AM

Jeff Petry registered his 100th career assist on Saturday.

It was also Petry's 136 point in 476 career games. He's never been a major offensive contributor, but the defenseman does chip in occasionally. So far this season, he has three goals and 11 points in 31 contests.
Dec 10 - 10:36 AM

Alex Galchenyuk scored a goal as the Montreal Canadiens fell to the Edmonton Oilers 6-2 on Saturday night.

Galchenyuk was given almost 14 minutes of ice time on Saturday after being benched in Thursday night's game versus Calgary. As trade rumors swirl around the struggling forward, he notched a power play marker in the second period but the game was already out of reach. Unless the talented young forward is traded, expect him to continue to battle for ice time in Montreal.
Dec 9 - 11:31 PM

Carey Price allowed four goals on just 14 shots and was pulled in favor of Antti Niemi on Saturday night as the Edmonton Oilers routed the Montreal Canadiens 6-2 on Bell Centre ice.

Price looked particularly bad on the Oilers' second goal of the night as he mishandled the puck and did not get back in time to stop Jujhar Khaira from scoring. Price's record falls to 8-9-2 with a 3.16 goals-against average and a .899 save percentage. The Canadiens' success heavily depends on Price therefore Habs fans sure hope he bounces back in time for their next game on Thursday night versus New Jersey.
Dec 9 - 11:27 PM

Victor Mete will be a healthy scratch in Saturday's game against the Edmonton Oilers.

This will be the second game in a row that he'll watch from the press box. The 19-year-old has no goals, four assists and a plus-5 rating in 27 games this season. Joe Morrow and Jacob De La Rose will also serve as a healthy scratches in this one.
Dec 9 - 6:32 PM

Jacob De La Rose will be a healthy scratch Saturday versus Calgary.

Montreal will get Jonathan Drouin back from a four-game absence, so De La Rose will sit. He has four points in 21 games with the Canadiens this season.
Dec 9 - 5:01 PM

Max Pacioretty has scored just one goal in his last 12 games.

That's a slump of epic proportions for the Canadiens' best scorer. At the same time, Pacioretty has always been a streaky player, so expect him to start filling the net frequently in the near future. Pacioretty has eight goals and seven assists in 30 games this season.
Dec 9 - 10:37 AM

Andrew Shaw was skating on a line with Alex Galchenyuk and Jonathan Drouin during Friday's practice.

Shaw had been playing with Phillip Danault and Max Pacioretty, but head coach Claude Julien is looking to shake things up after back-to-back losses. Even though the move should help him produce a little more offense, Shaw still won't be worth owning in standard leagues. He has seven goals and eight assists in 30 games this season.
Dec 9 - 10:34 AM

Jonathan Drouin (flu) is expected to return to the lineup for Saturday's game against the Edmonton Oilers.

Drouin missed three games because of a lower-body injury, but he also sat out a fourth straight game because of the illness. He skated on a line with Alex Galchenyuk and Andrew Shaw during Friday's practice. Drouin has five goals and 17 points in 25 games this season.
Dec 9 - 10:32 AM

Carey Price will be the Canadiens' starter on Saturday.

Price has surrendered at least three goals in three of his last four games. He has an 8-8-2 record, 3.00 GAA, and .904 save percentage in 18 contests this season.
Dec 8 - 2:27 PM


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