Danault, who had been skating on the third line, was moved to the fourth line for Saturday night's 2-1 win over the Maple Leafs. He had three shots, two hits, a blocked shot and two penalty minutes in 13;42 of ice time. It doesn't take much for head coach Michel Therrien to promote David Desharnais -- in this case, a couple of inspired games was enough for the coach to drop Danault after a brief stint as a the top-nine forward. The 23-year-old reacted well, putting forth a hard-working and gritty effort.
Danault scored the game-winning goal and added an assist on Max Pacioretty's third of the season in Saturday's 5-0 win over Detroit. That now gives Danault five goals and nine points in 15 games this season, and the former first-round pick seems to have finally found his stride. His ice time has crept up over the past couple games as his production has increased, but it'll still be quite some time before he displaces Alex Galchenyuk or Tomas Plekanec. The good news is that he's shown great chemistry playing with Pacioretty and Andrew Shaw, and the trio combined for seven points Saturday. He's worth keeping an eye on for a potential breakout season.
Danault scored his fourth goal of the season in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Kings. He had two shots, two penalty minutes, two blocked shots and hit while winning seven of nine faceoffs in 14:22 of ice time. Off the fourth line for the first time this season, Danault's season debut at center was a success. Playing two-way hockey and contributing in every phase of the game, he earned the number one star after replacing David Desharnais on the third line. With seven points in 14 games, the Quebec native his miles ahead of his career per-game scoring pace (.24 ppg) and may have a permanent home off the fourth line.
Danault scored his third goal of the season in Montreal's 5-4 win over Philadelphia on Saturday. Danault has six points (three goals, three assists) in 12 games, never going more than two contests without a point. That's not a bad return for a fourth liner. And the Habs are noticing. He's averaging 21 shifts and 14:14 of ice time over the last three games -- two shifts and 1:30 of ice time more than his season average. Don't be surprised if he's promoted off the fourth line at some point, perhaps in place of Artturi Lehkonen, who has three points in 12 games and is point-less in the last six.
Danault assisted on Torrey Mitchell's second-period goal in Wednesday night's 3-0 win over the Canucks. Montreal's fourth line has produced seven goals through 10 games, resulting in some fantasy value for the likes of Danault (two goals, three assists) and Mitchell (five goals). The 2011 first-round pick of the Blackhawks now has five points in 10 games, matching the point total he had with Montreal last season in 21 games. As long as the Habs are playing winning hockey and rolling four lines -- he's averaging 12:32 of ice time -- fantasy owners may be able to wring some value out of Danault in deeper leagues.
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