Reilly was a healthy scratch for Thursday's game against the Blues. The Blues are a big, physical team, so coach Claude Julien activated the bigger Karl Alzner in place of Reilly, who had made 13 consecutive starts before sitting Thursday. Reilly has just six points in 38 games and last had a point Dec. 9, when he assisted on a goal in a 3-2 win over Chicago.
Reilly collected an assist, two shots and a blocked shot in a season-low 9:42 of ice time in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Blackhawks. Reilly's playing time has steadily decreased over the past month, and he was dropped to the third pair when Shea Weber rejoined the team, but less than 10 minutes of ice time is an outlier. The Canadiens were an undisciplined bunch in Chicago, getting whistled for seven penalties including a double-minor. That meant a lot of time short-handed, situations in which coach Claude Julien doesn't hold much confidence in Reilly. With Noah Juulsen (facial fracture) expected to return Tuesday in Minnesota, Reilly could be the blueliner losing a nightly gig.
Reilly is expected to be a healthy scratch Tuesday night against Carolina, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports. Reilly practiced on the fourth defensive pairing Monday after being a healthy scratch the previous two games. "He's got to be better defending," coach Claude Julien said. "He's got to be better in his decision-making. He can't keep turning pucks over with sloppy plays. He knows that. So that's where we need consistency." In 20 games, Reilly has five points (two goals, three assists) and is minus-1 while averaging 20:33 of ice time.
Reilly had 14:59 of ice time, a low among defensemen, in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Devils. One game after scoring his second goal of the season, Reilly was put on ice for a bit after being out-hustled by New Jersey's Taylor Hall behind Montreal's net, leading to the Devils' second goal. He had just four second-period shifts, totaling 3:25 of playing time, and thus leading to a season-low time on ice. Reilly averages 20:33 TOI, but that number could take a hit if lapses in his own zone continue to happen.
Reilly returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch for two games and scored a goal in Monday's 5-4 overtime loss to Washington. Reilly showed great patience after picking up a loose puck and kept skating toward the net before lifting the puck over the shoulder of Washington's Pheonix Copley. He was back in a top-four role after being handed a two-game scratch following a tough night in Edmonton last week when he was minus-3 and manhandled by the Oilers' hulking forwards.
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