Player News - Canadiens

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It looks as if, despite scoring only one goal in their last game and ranking 22nd in goal-scoring in the NHL, the Canadiens will ice the same lines they had in Thursday's shutout win over the Rangers against the Capitals Saturday afternoon.

That means that Tomas Plekanec will center the team's top line between Max Paciorrety and Dale Weise. The second unit will be comprised of David Desharnais between Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher, while Lars Eller will play between Jiri Sekac and Brandon Prust on the third line. The fourth unit will feature Manny Malhotra, Christian Thomas and Michael Bournival. Weise and Desharnais seem to be the winners with these line configurations.
Jan 31 - 11:21 AM

Don't expect to see P.A. Parenteau in action this week.

The Habs are going to be very cautious with him as he is recovering from a second concussion this month. Consider Parenteau out indefinitely.
Jan 31 - 11:04 AM

Carey Price will get the start Saturday afternoon against the Capitals.

Not a big surprise here given how terrific Price has been this season. He is coming off a 1-0 shutout victory over the Rangers in which he stopped 24 shots. The Habs play Sunday afternoon against the Coyotes, and there is a chance Price could also start in that game. Make sure you have Price active early Saturday as puck drop is 1:00 pm ET.
Jan 31 - 10:54 AM

P.K. Subban is facing a fine from the NHL after he was assessed his second embellishment call of the season on Thursday.

He got involved in a heated confrontation with New York's Chris Kreider during the first period. Subban and Kreider earned unsportsmanlike conduct penalties seven seconds after they returned from the penalty box from their previous encounter. The Montreal defender will likely receive a $2,000 fine.
Jan 30 - 9:33 AM

Carey Price made 24 saves on Thursday night, and the Habs needed each and every one of them, as Montreal squeaked by New York 1-0.

Price has won four straight games and has not allowed more than two goals in his past five games for the Canadiens. Of course, we're not including his performance for Team Foligno in Sunday's All Star Game. Price improves to 26-10-2 this year with a .931 save percentage and 2.09 goals against average.
Jan 29 - 11:13 PM

Max Pacioretty's goal with just over four minutes remaining in the third period was the difference maker in Montreal's 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

Pacioretty fired a long wrist shot just as he entered in the Rangers' zone, spoiling a great performance from Henrik Lundqvist to snag the two points for Montreal. The 26-year-old now has 39 points in 47 games so far this season.
Jan 29 - 10:57 PM

Mike Weaver and Gabriel Dumont will both be healthy scratches in Thursday's game against the New York Rangers.

Weaver was acquired at the trade deadline last year, and he was a regular defenseman then. This year, he hasn't been able to crack the Habs' lineup too often. Dumont was called up from the minors earlier this week. He was called up because P.A. Parenteau (concussion) isn't available.
Source: NHL.com
Jan 29 - 7:06 PM

Alex Galchenyuk is entering Thursday's game against the Rangers on a three-game goal streak.

Galchenyuk has shifted back to left wing after a brief trial at center. He is playing on the Habs' second line with David Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher. The 20-year-old's long-term future may be down the middle, but for now he feels more comfortable on the wing. He has 13 goals and 32 points in 46 games this season.
Jan 29 - 6:49 PM

Carey Price will be in goal for the Canadiens as they take on the Rangers in New York on Thursday.

This is a rematch of last year's Eastern Conference final, which the Rangers won in six games. Price has been phenomenal again this season. He has collected eight wins and just one regulation loss in his last 10 games (8-1-1). The 27-year-old has a 25-10-2 record with a 2.15 goals-against-average and a .929 save percentage.
Jan 29 - 4:56 PM

The Montreal Canadiens have called up Gabriel Dumont.

Dumont participated in Wednesday's practice and skated on the Canadiens' fourth line. If he ends up playing on Thursday, then Christian Thomas will probably be a healthy scratch.
Jan 28 - 1:15 PM

Alexei Emelin was ejected from Tuesday's game against Dallas.

He received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for a boarding infraction on Jason Spezza, who was cut badly on the play. Emelin also scored his second goal of the season in the game before his night ended after 8:49 of playing time.
Jan 28 - 10:10 AM

Alex Galchenyuk scored his 13th goal of the campaign in Montreal's 3-2 win over the Stars Tuesday night.

It may have taken a couple of seasons, but Galchenyuk is finally breaking out this year and seems to be tapping into the massive potential he possesses. Brendan Gallagher and Alexei Emelin also scored for the Habs in victory.
Jan 28 - 12:30 AM

Carey Price was rock solid on Tuesday night as he blocked 40 of 42 shots in a 3-2 defeat of the Stars.

The Canadiens All-Star representative was a step ahead of the Dallas shooters all night long and was the main reason his team didn't get beaten. The fantasy stud owns a record of 25-10-2 for the year to go along with a 2.15 GAA and a .929 save percentage.
Jan 28 - 12:26 AM

Carey Price will get the start against Tuesday night against Dallas.

Price is 24-10-2 with 77 goals against in 36 appearances this season, and Montreal sits third in the Atlantic with 61 points. Three back of conference-leading Tampa Bay. However, Price is 4-4-0 with 24 goals against in his career against the Stars.
Jan 27 - 6:06 PM

P. A. Parenteau (concussion) won't be back in the lineup on Tuesday.

He is still sidelined with his second concussion this month, so he could be out for a while.
Jan 27 - 8:47 AM


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