Pateryn had an assist, four hits, and two blocked shots in 20:03 of ice time in Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Rangers. Pateryn was infrequently used to start the season, but has found himself in the lineup nightly after injuries to Jeff Petry and Tom Gilbert created a need. With Montreal officially eliminated, the Canadiens need to see if Pateryn can be a cog in next year's lineup. The 25-year-old has acquitted himself reasonably well and since being promoted to a top-four role 16 games ago, Pateryn has 27 blocked shots and 51 hits in 20 minutes per game.
Pateryn scored a goal, had four hits, and blocked three shots in 21 minutes of ice time in Wednesday night's 3-2 win over Buffalo. Pateryn has emerged on Montreal's blue line in the wake of injuries. After having played just 11 games through early February, the Michigan native is getting a steady dose of top-four playing time these days, including more than two minutes on the power play against the Sabres. There's still some development work for Pateryn, who is minus in 27 games played, but the Habs are pleased with his willingness to engage opponents.
Pateryn had three blocked shots and three hits in 21:38 TOI in Wednesday night's 4-3 win over Washington. Pateryn had played in just 11 of the first 55 games, but has been active for the past six games. Initially, he was on the third defensive pairing, but Wednesday night was the Michigan native's first appearance on the second pairing. The Habs were without Nathan Beaulieu (lower body) and Jeff Petry (lower body), clearing the way for Pateryn, who's not afraid to use his body.
Pateryn had three blocked shots and one hit in Wednesday night's 3-2 loss to Colorado. Pateryn was assessed a game misconduct and booted from Montreal's previous game, something that didn't please head coach Michel Therrien, but he was back in the lineup for the next game. Veteran Mark Barberio was a healthy scratch once again. We're beginning to see signs that Therrien is giving up on this season -- Montreal sits in 12th place in the Eastern Conference -- and is getting a look at the organization's youth over the final two months of the season.
Pateryn was assessed a five-minute major and game misconduct early in the second period of Monday night's 6-2 loss to the Coyotes. Pateryn was one of the few Canadiens to show some competitiveness Monday when he tried to create room in front of the net and cross-checked Arizona's Max Domi. The game was still close at the time and left Montreal with just five defensemen. The incident did not sit well with head coach Michel Therrien, according to the Montreal Gazette. We suspect Pateryn, who has played just 13 games this season, will be a healthy scratch Wednesday when the Habs play Colorado.
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