Plekanec scored a shorthanded goal and added a power-play assist in Tuesday's 5-1 dousing of the Flames.
He's been mostly the wrong kind of streaky lately, with a four-game point streak surrounded bit six- and five-game skids, the latter of which he ended with Tuesday's two points. Now 34 years old, the Czech pivot has seen his stats decline sharply, as he's on pace for his worst point total since his rookie year of 2005-06.
Plekanec snapped an eight-game goal drought with Montreal's lone tally during Monday's loss to Washington.
It was just the fourth goal of the season for Plekanec, as even with multiple injuries up the middle for the Canadiens, he's failed to make much of a fantasy impact this year. Entering Monday's game, the 34-year-old pivot had started 57.8 percent of his shifts in the defensive zone, which certainly doesn't help, but he's also seen a significant decline in his shooting percentage the past two seasons (just 6.8 percent). There aren't many fantasy settings where you'll want to rely on Plekanec.
Tuesday's game-winning goal was two kinds of rare events: Plekanec's third goal of the season and Montreal's second power-play goal in a span of 23 opportunities. A formerly reliable 20-goal scorer, Plekanec has just 17 over his past 114 games. After a brief flirtation on the Montreal's top line -- when he had four assists in a win over Colorado -- Plekanec is now centering the third trio between Brian Flynn and Artturi Lehkonen.
Plekanec had four assists in a 10-1 victory over Colorado on Saturday.
He assisted three of Max Pacioretty's four goals on the night. Plekanec also had a helper on Alexander Radulov's goal. Montreal scored six times in the first period, including five goals in under six minutes. Plekanec has a goal and six points in the last three games, so he's beginning to heat up. He only had one goal and seven points in the first 23 games this season.
With nine points (two goals, seven assists) through the first 26 gmaes, Plekanec is hardly having a year worthy of being a first-line center, but that's where the Habs are at this point. He scored his second goal of the season Tuesday night, ending a 13-game drought, so the Czech does at least have some momentum heading into Thursday's contest against the Devils.