Reilly finished the year on the outside looking in, as the defenseman dressed only once between Feb. 26 and the end of the season. Reilly finished 2018-19 with 11 points in 57 games, but near the end of February, he found himself in Claude Julien's doghouse due to his defensive shortcomings. The 25-year-old began the year as a core piece of the Canadiens' blue line, averaging 22:36 of ice time over the first nine games of 2018-19. However, beyond Feb. 25, Reilly appeared in only one game. A restricted free agent this summer, it would seem unlikely that he'll return to Montreal.
Reilly scored a goal on two shots along with a minor penalty in Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Coyotes. Reilly's third goal of the season was the game-winner for the Habs, who are 5-1 over their last six games. The 25-year-old blueliner has found a home on the second pair with Jeff Petry, who set up the goal after circling the net and teeing it up for Reilly.
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.
Last 7 Games
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