• Leads Habs forwards in ice time

    News: Max Pacioretty had four shots on net and a goal in Saturday night's preseason finale against Ottawa. He led all Habs forwards with 19:05 of ice time.
    Analysis: Max Pacioretty -- who missed the first part of training camp with a leg injury -- played the final two games of the preseason and will be ready to go Wednesday when the regular season opens in Toronto.
  • Makes preseason debut

    News: Max Pacioretty (leg) made his preseason debut Thursday night, getting an assist in 15:29 of ice time in a loss to the Senators.
    Analysis: Max Pacioretty wore a brace and skated a team-high 23 shifts. His timing was off, but he'll play again Saturday in the preseason finale as the Canadiens prepare for the season opener next Wednesday against the Maple Leafs.
  • Playing Thursday

    News: Max Pacioretty (leg) will be in the lineup Thursday when the Canadiens host the Senators, Hockey Inside Out reports.
    Analysis: Max Pacioretty, who will skate with Tomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher, is returning to game action sooner than expected. The Habs have one more preseason game on the schedule -- Saturday in Ottawa -- and Pacioretty is hoping to play that game as well before the regular season drops next Wednesday.
  • Joins team for Wednesday's practice

    News: Max Pacioretty (leg) is warming up for practice with the entire Canadiens team Wednesday, Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette reports.
    Analysis: More concrete details of Max Pacioretty's injury status should be revealed following the practice. It's a situation worth monitoring, as the smooth-skating goal producer looks for a hot start following a campaign in which he registered 37 goals and 30 assists for the Habs.
  • Montreal's Pacioretty Has Full Practice

    News: Max Pacioretty (leg) participated in a full practice Sunday, but still isn't ready for contact, the Montreal Gazette reports.
    Analysis: Max Pacioretty, who fractured his tibia in July, has been skating since Sept. 9 and is slowly adding more activity to his workouts. His availability for the season opener against Toronto is still up in the air, but there's growing optimism that Montreal's leading goal scorer will be ready to go within a couple of weeks.
  • Habs' Pacioretty (Knee) Skating Again

    News: Max Pacioretty (knee) skated for 20 minutes Tuesday and then skated again Wednesday, the Montreal Gazette reports. The on-ice activity since injuring his knee while running in Boca Raton (Fla.) on July 9.
    Analysis: Max Pacioretty's rehab is slightly ahead of schedule, but there's still no timetable for his return.
  • Habs' Pacioretty Still On Schedule With Rehab

    News: Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said recently that Max Pacioretty (knee) remains on schedule in the rehabilitation process, Arpon Basu of LNH.com reports.
    Analysis: Max Pacioretty sustained the knee injury while working out in Florida in early July, and was given a projected recovery timetable of 10-to-12 weeks. Given the length of the timetable, Pacioretty is expected to sit out all of training camp, and while his availability for the Oct. 7 regular-season opener in Toronto remains possible, he'd likely be subjected to limited minutes in the early going as he looks to build endurance. Once back to full health, Pacioretty should reemerge as the Habs' most dangerous offensive option after he potted 37 goals and a career-high 67 points in 2014-15.
  • Habs' Pacioretty Out 12 Weeks With Knee Injury

    News: Max Pacioretty will be held out of action for 12 weeks due to a knee injury.
    Analysis: Max Pacioretty reportedly suffered the injury during an off-ice workout on Thursday. The good news is the injury will not require surgery. The bad news is that if Pacioretty does indeed require 12 weeks to recover from the injury, he will miss the entirety of the Canadiens' training camp, and may even be in danger of missing a few of the team's regular season games. The Canadiens should provide an update on Pacioretty's status closer to the start of the season.
  • Pacioretty Scores Lone Goal As Habs' Season Ends

    News: Max Pacioretty tallied the only Montreal goal in Tuesday's season-ending Game 6 loss to the Lightning.
    Analysis: It was a case of too little, too late, as he struck with just 4:57 remaining in the third period, but at least Max Pacioretty was able to do something. He finishes the playoffs with a modest seven points (five goals) in 12 games; now he'll hope that Habs management can find some more scorers in the offseason, as Montreal suffered mightily from a dearth of offense in the playoffs.
  • Pacioretty Lifts Habs' Offense In Game 4

    News: Max Pacioretty scored a shorthanded goal, handed out two assists and went plus-3 in Thursday's Game 4 rout of the Lightning.
    Analysis: Max Pacioretty and the Habs had their season on the line, down 3-0 in the series, and they delivered. The 26-year-old winger had tallied just a single point (a goal) in the first three games against Tampa; he'll need to rack up plenty more for the Canadiens to claw their way out of the hole they've found themselves in.