Plekanec registered two helpers -- one on the power play -- and four shots on goal during Thursday's 5-2 victory against the Coyotes.
Plekanec has been a staple for Montreal now in his 13th season with the team. The 33-year-old is an ironman, and with points in two of four games to start the year, the veteran is off to another solid start. The center is cemented on the top six and figures to be a consistent threat with the puck. While he had just 14 goals last year, Plekanec has reached 20-plus tallies in seven campaigns and isn't afraid to set up his teammates.
Plekanec is adjusting to new linemates -- Alexander Radulov on right wing and rookie Artturi Lehkonen on the left -- as the trio were held off the scoresheet Thursday. The line did, however, lead Montreal with six shots -- Lehkonen had a team-high five shots while Radulov had one. In due time, Plekanec will be using his playmaking ability to get assists.
Tomas Plekanec dished out two helpers in a 4-2 win over Carolina on Thursday.
The apples were the 39th and 40th of the year for Plekanec, who's also contributed 13 goals, 36 PIM and 187 shots on net. Despite it being a down season for just about everyone in Montreal, Plekanec's pace of 0.65 points per game is right in line with his career average of 0.66 across 842 NHL contests. That being said, his 13 tallies have fallen well short of last year's 26-goal showing, which has understandably disappointed some owners in 2015-16.
The goal was Plekanec's first in 20 games. It's been a rough stretch for the 33-year-old Czech, who had just six assists, went minus-3 and won only 45 percent of his draws during the 19-game drought. Plekanec's season has mirrored that of the team: He had 24 points through the first 25 games, when Montreal was 18-4-3, but has fallen off to just 23 points in the next 49.
Tomas Plekanec was moved to the point on the power play for Saturday night's game against the Senators, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Adding a fourth forward to the power play did not turn out so well for the Montreal Canadiens , who allowed Ottawa to score three short-handed goals in a 5-0 loss. Plekanec, who's played the point before on the man advantage, said the alignment was not the reason for the shorties. "We made a lot of mistakes," Plekanec said. "The puck jumped over a stick, we had a turnover, we were caught on a bad change and we didn't get back. It wasn't bad luck, it was mistakes and they made us pay." Saturday wasn't a good night for Montreal, a team that looks like they've given up on the season. Supporting that notion, Plekanec has one point and is minus-5 in the previous nine games.