Alexander Steen scored his 16th goal of the season in Friday night's 5-3 win over the Panthers.
This was Steen's third goal in the past 18 games, well off his usual scoring pace. Steen, along with the rest of the big guns on the team, has been relatively silent during a six-game scoring slump, but they all broke out Friday. Steen, David Backes, Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko all contributed goals in the win over the Panthers. Steen is the team's leading forward in minutes per game, so keep him in your lineups and the points will come.
Domingo Santana is the leading candidate to take over left field following the Khris Davis trade, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
With the Milwaukee Brewers still rebuilding, giving a well-regarded prospect playing time is a logical outcome and should boost Santana's value in both the short and long term. In 145 plate appearances last season, the 22-year-old Santana hit .231/.345/.421 with six home runs.
Robby Fabbri scored a power-play goal in Friday night's 5-3 win over Florida. He has a goal and three assists during a three-game point streak.
The 20-year-old rookie has points in four of the last five games, including a goal and three assists on the power play. Fabbri isn't getting big minutes -- just 10:43 on Friday and 13 minutes per game for the season -- but he's managed 23 points in 51 games. With the top-two lines jammed up with quality forwards, Fabbri appears to be stuck on the third line, but he's skating with Paul Stastny, who's been a good playmaker over the years.
Bryon returned to the active lineup Friday night after missing eight games with a lower-body injury. He had a couple of hits in 11:40 of ice time in a 6-4 loss to Buffalo.
Paul Byron was strictly a fourth-liner and spent some time killing penalties in his return to action. He's been moved around the lines this season, but mostly has been in a bottom six role. And with Montreal's top-two lines starting to generate some offense, Byron will likely remain where he is for now.
Greg Pateryn was activated for Friday night's game and had 13:48 TOI in a 6-4 loss to Buffalo.
Pateryn found himself on the ice after Jeff Petry (lower body) and Nathan Beaulieu (lower body) were ruled out. Beaulieu is with the team on its three-game road trip and could get back into the lineup at some point -- perhaps as soon as the team's next game Monday night in Arizona. Given that Pateryn didn't register a hit or a blocked shot, head coach Michel Therrien will likely to defer to Beaulieu if he can get in some ice time between now and Monday.