As expected, Pacioretty (face) will be in the lineup for Game 1 versus the Rangers. Pacioretty took a stick to the face in practice Tuesday, but it won't cost him any game action. The winger finished out the season by averaging a point per game over his final seven outings while playing on the Habs' top line. If Montreal is going to move past the opening round, it will need the 28-year-old to be at his absolute best.
Pacioretty (face) is expected to be available against the Rangers on Wednesday, Eric Engels of Sportsnet reports. Pacioretty, who took a stick to the face during practice Tuesday, appears to have avoided a serious injury. The winger logs significant time on the top line as well as the No. 1 power-play unit, so an extended absence for him would certainly impact the Habs' chances of making a deep run in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Pacioretty exited Tuesday's practice after taking a stick to the face, TSN.ca reports. After getting clipped by his teammate's stick, Pacioretty did not return to the ice, with Dwight King filling in for him on the Habs' top line. Pacioretty led the Canadiens in regular-season scoring with 35 goals and 67 points in 81 games. Consider him day-to-day as Wednesday's playoff opener against the Rangers approaches.
Pacioretty will miss Saturday's game against the Red Wings for rest, John Lu of TSN Montreal reports. Perhaps the only disadvantage of drafting a star player on a contending team is that he could get rested like this at a time when a slice of the fantasy populous is chasing a title. Pacioretty finishes with 67 points (35 goals, 32 assists) which is neatly aligned with his output in each of the past three campaigns.
Pacioretty collected a pair of helpers, including an assist on Alexander Radulov's overtime-winner, Saturday against Tampa Bay. Pacioretty is getting hot at just the right time for the Habs, racking up two goals and six points during a four-game point streak. The 28-year-old has been a fantasy asset all season, potting 37 goals and sporting a plus-24 rating. His four straight 30-plus-goal, 60-plus-point seasons make him one of the most trustworthy fantasy forwards in the game.
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