Player News - Canadiens

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Andrei Markov is Montreal's nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

The award goes to the player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey." He skated in just 65 games in three seasons from 2009 to 2012, but he's been much healthier for the past few years. Markov played all 48 games during the lockout-shortened season and he suited up in 81 contests in 2013-14. The 36-year-old blueliner has all 76 games under his belt this campaign. He has produced nine goals, 44 points, 165 blocks and a plus-20 rating during that time.
Mar 30 - 11:00 AM

Alex Galchenyuk scored a goal in Montreal's 3-2 overtime win over Florida on Saturday.

It's the first time in Galchenyuk's career that he reaches the 20-goal mark. This was also Galchenyuk's first goal in 12 games (last scored on March 4th). The 21-year-old has gone through a little bit of a slump recently but he still has a respectable 43 points in 74 games this season.
Mar 29 - 1:09 PM

Brian Flynn (upper body) returned to action on Saturday.

Flynn missed 12 days with the injury. He played 14:45 on Saturday and was a plus-one. The winger has five goals and 17 points this. He was traded from Buffalo at the deadline but is only a depth player at this stage of his career.
Mar 29 - 2:05 AM

Max Pacioretty scored the game-winning overtime goal for the Canadiens as they prevailed over the Panthers on Saturday night 3-2.

Pacioretty scored his 36th goal of the season 2:59 into overtime while on the power play. The goal helped him tie his career high in points (65) and it gives him a chance to at least tie his career-best goal total (39) from last year. Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk potted the other goals.
Mar 28 - 10:15 PM

Carey Price blocked 21 shots in the Canadiens’ 3-2 overtime win against Florida on Saturday night.

Price has the Vezina Trophy pretty much locked up at this point. He has helped the Canadiens earn at least a point in four consecutive games. Price is tied with Pekka Rinne in wins with 41, but he leads the league in goals-against average (1.88) and save percentage (.937).
Mar 28 - 10:14 PM

Tom Gilbert skated on Friday and seems to be nearing a return to action.

Gilbert has been recovering from getting hit in the jaw by a puck last week. He has yet to skate with the team, however, so a return to action may still be a few days away.
Mar 28 - 11:31 AM

Although the Canadiens have often used Tomas Plekanec and David Desharnais interchangably on their top two lines, Brendan Gallagher and Max Paciorrety have consistently skated together until recently.

The Habs split Gallagher and Pacioretty up recently and now ice the following units: Pacioretty, Desharnais and P.A. Parenteau as the top line with Plekanec between Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk on the second unit. It seems to be working so adjust your lineup accordingly.
Mar 28 - 11:19 AM

Devante Smith-Pelly will be a healthy scratch Saturday night against Florida.

He will sit in the press box alongside Mike Weaver, Sergei Gonchar and Manny Maholtra. The trade to Montreal has certainly not increased Smith-Pelly's fantasy value.
Mar 28 - 11:14 AM

Carey Price will be in goal Saturday night when Montreal faces off against the Panthers.

No big surprise here. Price is coming off a 28-save, 3-2 OT loss to Nashville and will be looking to start a new win streak and ultimately set a Habs' wins record for a single season. He has 40 wins and is two short of the record held by Jacques Plante and Ken Dryden.
Mar 28 - 11:11 AM

Brendan Gallagher posted his 23rd goal of 2014-15 in Thursday's 5-2 loss to Winnipeg.

He scored an unassisted marker in the third period to make it 4-2, but Adam Lowry put the Jets back up by three shortly afterward. Gallagher has scored a goal in four straight games.
Mar 27 - 10:06 AM

Dustin Tokarski had a rough night on Thursday, allowing five goals on 22 shots in a 5-2 loss to the Jets.

The Habs' young backup falls to 6-6-3 this season with a .910 save percentage and 2.81 goals against average.
Mar 27 - 12:42 AM

Andrei Markov scored a goal for the Habs, but not much was going on offence as Montreal lost 5-2 to the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.

Markov snapped a four game pointless drought and raises his total to 43 points in 75 games this season.
Mar 27 - 12:41 AM

Manny Malhotra, Brian Flynn, Mike Weaver and Sergei Gonchar will be healthy scratches in Thursday's game against Winnipeg.

Tom Gilbert will also miss the game, but in his case he will be out because of injury. If Gonchar ever gets back into Montreal's lineup, he could have some value in deeper fantasy leagues but Malhotra, Flynn and Weaver have no fantasy relevance.
Mar 26 - 8:03 PM

P. A. Parenteau has been playing with David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty.

He earned an assist on Desharnais' goal on Tuesday against Nashville. Parenteau has collected four points, including three assists, in seven games since he returned from a concussion.
Mar 26 - 11:15 AM

Dustin Tokarski will be in goal for Montreal on Thursday versus Winnipeg.

He made 41 saves on 43 shots in a 3-2 win over Florida on Mar. 17 in his last outing to give him a 6-5-3 record on the season. The Montreal backup owns a .917 save percentage and a 2.66 goals-against average.
Mar 26 - 10:56 AM

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