Galchenyuk skated 17:02 and scored the Habs' lone goal in Thursday's 4-1 home loss to Carolina. For all that he was technically on the third line with Artturi Lehkonen and Andrew Shaw, Galchenyuk saw the third-most ice time among Montreal forwards -- just 17 seconds fewer than minutes leader Max Pacioretty. Galchenyuk meshed well with his new mates, as the three of them combined on his goal and generally looked good throughout the game. Now that it's been demonstrated that he's not the one bringing the Habs' top line down, Galchenyuk may return to that assignment, but he's clearly going to get his minutes either way.
Galchenyuk skated on the third line as a winger during Wednesday's practice, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports. Twelve hours after coach Claude Julien told reporters that Galchenyuk had not played well in Tuesday's loss to Detroit, the one-time center found himself on a wing with center Andrew Shaw and winger Artturi Lehkonen. Galchenyuk won just 15 of 48 faceoffs over the last three games, and the top line produced just two goals over the last nine. Julien saw the failing chemistry between the top trio, and his natural coaching instinct was to break them up and hopefully get Galchenyuk on track in a less demanding position. We suspect he'll remain on the top power-play unit, so there's still some value in deploying Galchenyuk in fantasy lineups.
Galchenyuk delivered two assists in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Rangers. That stretches his scoring streak to five games and seven points (three goals, four assists). Galchenyuk is starting to emerge as the potent offensive threat that he appeared to be last season. The Habs have still not determined if they see him as a wing or a centerman. But until then, Galchenyuk's production is currently good enough to be deployed in either role.
Galchenyuk scored the game-winning goal on the power play in Tuesday's 1-0 overtime win over the Blue Jackets -- his second game in as many nights with a man-advantage goal in the extra frame. Until the game-winner, the 23-year-old center was a non-entity, having taken just one shot on net and losing nine of 10 faceoffs. But that's the brilliance of Galchenyuk, who can create offense in a moment, particularly on the power play. He's locked on the second line for now, but he'll continue to skate on Montreal's top power-play unit. Three of the four points he's posted in the last three games have come on the man advantage.
Galchenyuk scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 3-2 overtime win. He has been struggling -- this was his first multi-point game in more than a month. And Galchenyuk has just nine points (four goals, five assists) in 16 games since his return from injured reserve on Jan. 14. We'd like to see the Habs finally determine if he's a center or a winger in their scheme. That might help Galchenyuk settle into a better groove.
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