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Eastern Atlantic Standings

Team W-L-OTL Pts
52-24-6 110
47-20-15 109
46-25-10 102
44-29-8 96
41-32-9 91
39-37-6 84
37-41-4 78
30-36-16 76

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  • Canadiens' Michael Pezzetta: Won't return to Tuesday's game

    Pezzetta (upper body) won't finish Tuesday's game versus the Red Wings.

    Pezzetta will end the campaign with 12 points in 61 appearances. He rarely saw anything more than fourth-line minutes with the Canadiens this season. Pezzetta is under contract for 2024-25, so he should be in contention to once again fill a bottom-six spot.

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  • Canadiens' Chris Wideman: Ending career

    Wideman (back) told reporters Tuesday that he will not play again, Eric Engels of Sportsnet reports.

    Wideman was on injured reserve for all of 2023-24 due to a back injury. He was limited to just 46 games last season, which was his second campaign following a one-year stint in the KHL. Wideman ends his NHL career with 78 points in 291 appearances.

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  • Canadiens' Kaiden Guhle: Not ruled out for Worlds

    Guhle sustained a head injury April 4 versus the Lightning that cost him the last seven games of the season, but he hasn't been ruled out from joining Team Canada at the IIHF World Championship in May, Arpon Basu of The Athletic reports.

    Guhle will conclude his second NHL season with 22 points, 95 shots on net, 116 hits, 178 blocked shots, 56 PIM and a minus-8 rating over 70 contests. He mainly played in a top-four role. Guhle's injury was not classified as a concussion, and it's possible he could get a little more playing time at Worlds before the offseason.

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  • Canadiens' Cayden Primeau: Guarding goal Tuesday

    Primeau will patrol the home crease Tuesday against Detroit, according to Eric Engels of Sportsnet.

    Primeau made 27 saves in a 3-2 overtime win over the Red Wings on Nov. 9. He has posted a record of 8-9-3 this season with a 2.95 GAA and a .910 save percentage through 22 games played. Detroit sits ninth in the league this campaign with 3.35 goals per contest.

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  • Canadiens' Sam Montembeault: Suffers overtime loss

    Montembeault gave up five goals on 35 shots (.857 save percentage) in Monday's 5-4 overtime loss to Detroit.

    Montembeault likely has played his final game of the season with the Habs back in action versus Detroit at home Tuesday. The netminder needed just one more win to top the 16 he put up last campaign, but he's instead poised to finish the year tied with that number again. Looking ahead to 2024-25, the 27-year-old Montembeault should enter the campaign as the presumptive No. 1, though Cayden Primeau could challenge for more opportunities.

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  • Canadiens' Luke Tuch: Inks entry-level deal

    Tuch agreed to terms on a two-year, entry-level contract with Montreal on Tuesday.

    Tuch will link up with AHL Laval on an amateur tryout for the rest of the 2023-24 campaign, so fantasy players will have to wait until the preseason to get their first look at the 22-year-old winger. Selected by the Habs with the 47th overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, Tuch should be in contention for a spot on the 23-man roster for Opening Night of the 2023-24 season, though he is far from a lock.

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  • Canadiens' Jake Evans: Assists three times in loss

    Evans had three assists during Monday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Red Wings.

    The 27-year-old forward rises to 21 assists and 28 points this season. That's a career-best total in assists, and he's just one shy of his high-water mark in points. Evans has a regular role in the Canadiens' middle six, but his production has been inconsistent over the full season.

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  • Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher: Scores twice in OT loss

    Gallagher tallied twice during Monday's 5-4 overtime loss to Detroit.

    Gallagher's 14th and 15th goals of the season are too little too late, as Montreal will miss the playoffs and his totals continue an offensive decline from the 30-goal, 50-point campaigns of his mid-20s. While there's still depth value in his game, he's only also seen a career-low in ice time with 13:47 per game, which has likely contributed to his diminished returns.

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  • Canadiens' Rafael Harvey-Pinard: Scores second goal of season

    Harvey-Pinard scored a goal during Monday's 5-4 overtime loss to Detroit.

    The goal has been a long time coming for Harvey-Pinard. That tally was just his second in 44 games this season, and his first in 27 contests. His paltry offensive production is a disappointment after the 25-year-old scored 14 times in 34 games last season, though the regression shouldn't come as a surprise after he shot 24.1 percent in 2022-23.

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  • Canadiens' Logan Mailloux: Recalled Monday

    Mailloux was promoted from AHL Laval on Monday.

    Mailloux was selected 31st overall in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. He's tallied 14 goals and 47 points in 70 AHL contests this season. The 21-year-old will likely make his NHL debut in Tuesday's season finale against Detroit.

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  • Canadiens' Sam Montembeault: Tending twine Monday

    Montembeault will defend the cage against Detroit on the road Monday.

    Montembeault is likely playing in his last game of the season due to the Canadiens' season-ending back-to-back. If that's the case, the 27-year-old Quebec native enters the game with a chance to set his career-high mark in wins after recording 16 through his 40 appearances this year. Look for Cayden Primeau to get the nod at home against Detroit on Tuesday.

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  • Canadiens' Cole Caufield: Seven-game, nine-point streak

    Caufield scored twice Saturday in a 5-4 shootout loss to Ottawa.

    Caufield stretched his scoring streak to seven games and nine points, including seven goals. In that span, he has fired 34 shots. Caufield has been a shooting machine this season -- he has fired 306 overall, which ranks top-10 league-wide. His shooting percentage in 2023-24 is just 8.8, but if Caufield converted at his career mark of 11.7 percent, he'd have 35 goals instead of his current 27. The 23-year-old winger has 40-goal potential in 2024-25 and should be drafted accordingly.

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  • Canadiens' Cayden Primeau: Pelted with pucks in shootout loss

    Primeau made 40 saves in a 5-4 shootout loss to Ottawa on Saturday.

    Primeau stopped a load of rubber but was hard on himself in the postgame media scrum. "They got all four [with us] a man down," Primeau said. "Your goalie's got to be your best penalty-killer, so I don't feel good." He hasn't won in April (0-2-1 in three starts) while allowing 14 goals in those three games, but Primeau has a .910 save percentage in 20 starts this season despite an 8-9-3 record. We expect him to be in the league full-time next season, and the 24-year-old goalie may deliver spot start value, or even more if the Canadiens ice a more competitive group of skaters in front of him.

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  • Canadiens' Kaiden Guhle: Out again Saturday

    Guhle (upper body) won't play Saturday versus the Senators, Simon-Olivier Lorange of La Presse reports.

    Guhle is set to miss his fifth straight game. The Canadiens have just two contests left after this one, a home-and-home set Monday and Tuesday versus the Red Wings. The 22-year-old defenseman has 22 points, 116 hits and 178 blocked shots through 70 contests, and that may be where his production ends if he can't get cleared before the conclusion of the campaign.

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Team Statistical Rankings

GF AVG GA AVG Power Play
Team 2.77 3.36 17.7

Injuries

Player Injury
K. Guhle D Kaiden Guhle D Head
A. Xhekaj D Arber Xhekaj D Shoulder
K. Dach C Kirby Dach C Knee
J. Roy RW Joshua Roy RW Upper Body
M. Pezzetta LW Michael Pezzetta LW Upper Body