Nesterov didn't practice Thursday due to an undisclosed injury. Nesterov must have sustained the injury during a previous practice, as the 23-year-old blueliner has been a healthy scratch for the Canadiens' last seven games. A more definite timetable for Nesterov's return to health should be established once he's able to resume skating, but his inability to crack Montreal's lineup with any sort of regularity keeps him off the fantasy radar in all but the deepest of leagues.
Nesterov scored Montreal's lone goal in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Flyers. Nesterov is off to a nice start in a Canadiens uniform. Two games into his stint with the Habs, he has three shots, three hits, three blocked shots and a plus-3 rating. In addition to Thursday's goal, he created a Grade A scoring chance for himself in Tuesday's win over the Sabres.
Nesterov had one shot on net, two blocked shots. two hits and finished with a plus-2 rating over 14:21 of ice time in Montreal's 5-2 win over Buffalo on Tuesday. Nesterov made his Montreal debut and it looks like he'll be a regular on the third pair. His ability as a puck-moving defenseman earned him minutes on the second power-play unit Tuesday.
Nesterov will make his Montreal debut Tuesday against the Sabres, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports. The Canadiens placed Zach Redmond on waivers Monday to make room for Nesterov, who was acquired from Tampa Bay last week for minor league defenseman Jonathan Racine. During Monday's practice session, he skated on the third pairing with Andrei Markov, who could return to the ice after missing 19 games due to a groin injury. Nesterov is a puck mover that the Lightning used temporarily at forward when they had some injuries up front.
Tampa Bay traded Nesterov to the Canadiens in exchange for defenseman Jonathan Racine and a 2017 sixth-round pick on Thursday. Racine is currently developing in the minors and only has one career NHL game under his belt, so this trade allows the Canadiens to add a bottom-pairing defender without giving up much in return. Nesterov has only tallied 12 points while registering a minus-3 rating over 35 games with the Lightning this season, and likely wont ascend into fantasy relevancy with his new club.
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