Plekanec is a trade target for the Penguins and Sharks, Sportsnet reports. It's a foregone conclusion the Canadiens will be trading the 34-year-old center before the trade deadline, and Plekanec will be a smart addition for a playoff-contending team -- particularly for the Sharks, who are without center Joe Thornton (knee) for an indefinite period of time. Plekanec's scoring touch is long gone -- though it could improve on a team with a better offense than Montreal -- but he's responsible defensively, competitive in the faceoff circle and regarded as a good penalty killer.
Plekanec scored a goal and assisted on another in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Senators. The first point was the 600th of his career. Plekanec scored for the first time since Dec. 16, when he deposited Thomas Chabot's gift-wrapped turnover in front of the Ottawa net late in the third period. The multi-point effort was also a long time coming, his first since Nov. 30. At 20 points (five goals, 15 assists) over 53 games, Plekanec's doing no favors for any fantasy team. He's probably going to be traded before the Feb. 26 deadline, so there's hope a change of scenery ignites the 35-year-old's offense.
Plekanec compiled two shots and two blocked shots over 16:56 of ice time in Thursday's 2-1 shootout win over the Lightning. Plekanec's scoring drought has reached nine games, and he has just one goal over the last 27 games. He has just four goals and a career-worst 4.9 shooting percentage through 41 games. If the Canadiens can't climb into the playoff race -- they're currently eight points behind the Hurricanes for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference with five teams in between -- the 34-year-old center is a prime candidate to be moved at the trade deadline, perhaps to a team with a better offense.
Plekanec scored the game-winner in overtime in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Devils. He finished with four shots, two hits and a blocked shot in 16:51 of ice time. Plekanec had gone 17 straight games without tickling the twine before he buried Thursday's winner. The Czech center went five-hole on New Jersey's Corey Schneider, finishing off a sublime feed from Charles Hudon, who won a puck battle with three Devils along the boards. The 34-year-old Plekanec has fit nicely on a line with Hudon and Montreal's leading goal-scorer Brendan Gallagher, but has just four goals in 32 games.
Plekanec had an assist, two shots on goal and a hit over 17:08 of ice time in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Blues. That's three straight games with at least one assist and four in the last five for Plekanec, whose offense has been boosted by linemates Brendan Gallagher and Charles Hudon. The 34-year-old pivot has 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 29 games, outpacing his desultory 2016-17 season (28 points, 78 games).
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