Danault managed an assist and three hits in Wednesday's 6-5 shootout loss to the Canucks.
Danault fed Tomas Tatar as he raced into the Canucks' zone before setting up Brendan Gallagher for the tally. With three helpers in four games, Danault has produced well early in the year. The 27-year-old two-way center also has a plus-3 rating, seven hits and two PIM. A lack of power-play time could discourage fantasy managers, but Danault should still produce well at even strength while adding solid faceoff totals -- he hasn't finished below 50 percent at the dot since 2015-16, his second year in the league.
Danault had two assists, one blocked shot and one hit over 16:14 of ice time in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Oilers.
Danault picked up a pair of primary assists in the win, including on the game-winning goal. On a two-on-one foray, he deked toward the slot before sliding a pass to Tomas Tatar, who buried the puck top shelf over goalie Mikko Koskinen's glove hand. Both Danault and Tatar are in contract years and off to good starts through two games.
Danault won 17 of 27 faceoffs (62.9 percent) and had one shot with two hits in Wednesday's 5-4 overtime loss to Toronto.
Danault, who won eight of 11 draws against Auston Matthews, was back on the top line, centering Tomas Tatar and Brendan Gallagher, after finishing last year's playoffs on the third line. At that time, he told Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette that he was not pleased with the demotion, nor was he interested in becoming a defensive specialist on the third line. At 27, Danault is the old man in the middle, so his experience, particularly on faceoffs, will be of value on the top line while young centers Nick Suzuki, Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Jake Evans hone their skills at the dot on lower lines.
Danault can become an unrestricted free agent following the 2020-21 season, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Danault should be motivated entering his fifth full season in a Montreal uniform. His trade from Chicago in 2015 kick-started the 2011 first-round draft pick's career. Danault has since established himself as the Canadiens' top-line center, working well with Tomas Tatar and Brendan Gallagher. The team has not alluded to their plans for Danault beyond this season, and the organization is watching the development of up-and-coming centers Nick Suzuki and Jesperi Kotkaniemi, who are both coming off good runs in last season's playoffs. Those two could be ready for promotions in 2021-22. The bottom line for Danault, however, is that the 27-year-old is in his prime and has improved his market value during his stay in Quebec.
Danault scored an empty-net goal and added four hits in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Flyers in Game 5.
Danault added the insurance tally with 18 seconds left in regulation to assure the Canadiens' season would have at least one more game. The center has struggled to produce in the postseason -- his goal snapped a five-game point drought. He's at three points, 24 shots and 28 hits through nine playoff outings.
Danault posted an assist and five hits in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Penguins in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.
Danault drew the secondary helper on Jeff Petry's game-winning goal in the third period. Through three games versus the Penguins, Danault has a pair of assists, 12 shots on net, 11 hits and six PIM. The 27-year-old center is seeing top-line usage and returning solid value in that role.
Danault has 13 goals, 34 assists and is plus-18 while averaging 18:51 of ice time per game on Montreal's top line over 71 games in 2019-20.
There's a narrative out there that Danault is not a legitimate top-line center, but he's grown into the position since joining the Canadiens. He wins faceoffs (57.9 percent, sixth among centers with 50 games played), is responsible defensively (plus-18, eighth), is productive in 5-on-5 situations (43 points, 16th) and leads all centers with a 59.2 shot attempts percentage. The Canadiens added him to the power play this season, giving Danault a career-high 1:34 of ice time per game on the PP. Prior to the suspension of the regular season, Danault was on the verge of establishing new career highs in goals and shots while his 119 hits are a new benchmark. He'll be entering the final year of his contact in 2020-21 and should return to the top line with scoring stars Tomas Tatar and Brendan Gallagher.
Danault notched two assists in Tuesday's 6-2 win over the Islanders.
He picked up the secondary helper on the Habs' first two goals of the night, setting the team on its way to a big victory. Danault now has a modest four-game point streak going, during which he's recorded one goal and six points.
Danault had a goal and an assist in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win over Carolina. He added one shot, one blocked shot and a minor penalty.
Montreal's top line, which has not done much goal scoring the last couple of weeks, produced a pair goals in the win. Danault's goal futility extended farther than linemates Tomas Tatar and Brendan Gallagher, as he entered Saturday's contest without a goal in the previous 18 games before lighting the lamp early in the first period. The two-point night, his seventh of the season, extended Danault's scoring streak to three games (one goal, three assists).
Danault had an assist, four shots and three hits in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss to Vancouver.
Danault, who hasn't scored in 17 games, logged just his third point in the last 10 games, as Montreal's top line is in the midst of a cool stretch. The trio of Danault, Tomas Tatar and Brendan Gallagher has accounted for just four goals in the last 11 games.
Danault had two hits over 18:33 of ice time in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to Boston.
Danault was available to play after taking a puck to the mouth Monday, which prompted dental attention and stitches under his mouth. He had a normal allotment of shifts while skating on both special teams.
Danault (mouth) will travel with the team and is expected to suit up versus Boston on Wednesday, Arpon Basu of The Athletic reports.
Danault has racked up eight helpers in his last 10 outings but remains goalless over that stretch. Perhaps more concerning is the fact that the center has registered a mere three shots in his last five contests, not exactly the best way to break out of a goal drought.
Danault (undisclosed) will need dental work after being cut in Monday's contest against Arizona, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports.
There wasn't an update on his status for Wednesday's game in Boston, so Danault should still be considered day-to-day for now. The Quebec native has 40 points in 58 games played this season.
Danault (undisclosed) left Monday's game against Arizona and did not return.
It's unclear when Danault suffered the injury, but the 26-year-old center saw just 6:51 of ice time in the contest before heading out. An update on his status will be available before Wednesday's game in Boston, but if he's unable to go, Nick Suzuki could get a shot at top-line minutes.
Danault had an assist and four hits in Thursday's 5-4 shootout win over New Jersey.
Danault helped out on Christian Folin's third-period goal that gave the Canadiens their first lead of the game. The top-line center recorded his seventh assist over the last seven games, giving him 39 points in 55 contests. That scoring pace puts Danault on schedule to surpass the career-high 53 points gathered in 2018-19.
Danault collected three assists in a 4-1 win over the Flyers on Thursday.
All three helpers came during 5-on-5 action and ended a streak of 10 games without an assist for Danault. He also dished out three hits. Unfortunately, Danault failed to produce on the power play, which extended his drought in that department to 12 games. Thursday's game was a big step in the right direction for the two-way forward, as it was just the second time this season Danault has produced three points in a single contest.
Danault potted a goal on three shots in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Blackhawks.
Perhaps Danault was more familiar with Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford, as the center was the only Canadien to solve his old teammate. Danault is up to 12 goals -- matching last year's output -- and 32 points in 48 games. The 26-year-old has added 92 shots on goal, 87 hits and a plus-13 rating this season.
Danault scored a goal on four shots and had a minor penalty in Thursday's 4-2 loss to Edmonton.
Danault snapped a six-game pointless streak with his 11th goal, two shy of the career-high 13 he scored in 82 games for Montreal in 2016-17. More good news is the return of Danault's linemate, Brendan Gallagher, who missed four games due to a concussion. The duo has formed a cohesive bond over the last few seasons, which has boosted Danault's fantasy value. It's worth noting, however, that Gallagher is being looked at for either an illness or recurrence of concussion symptoms as of Friday morning.
Danault scored two goals on seven shots and was plus-3 in Monday's 6-2 win over the Jets.
Danault scored his two goals just over four minutes apart in the second period, extending Montreal's lead to 4-1. He also won 13 of 18 faceoffs (72.2 percent). Danault has collected at least one point in eight of his last 10 games and now boasts 10 goals and 29 points on the season.
Danault scored a power-play goal on two shots, dished two hits and added two PIM in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Oilers.
Danault tipped in a Jeff Petry shot at 8:29 of the second period to tie the game at two. The center is up to eight goals and 27 points through 36 games this season. His tally Saturday was his first career power-play goal, and his fourth point with a man advantage this year.
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