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Canadiens' Michael Chaput: Starts streak
Chaput had the primary assist on Montreal's lone goal in Tuesday's 7-1 loss to the Wild.
Chaput has assists in three straight games, giving Montreal a scoring element on its fourth line. Coach Claude Julien has been pleased with the effort and production of his fourth line, so Chaput will remain in the active lineup most nights.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Carey Price: Forced into relief appearance
Price took over for Antti Niemi after Montreal's backup netminder allowed seven goals on 24 shots in a 7-1 loss to Minnesota on Tuesday. Price stopped all nine shots fired his way.
Coach Claude Julien had planned on giving Price the night off, electing to start Niemi for the first time since Nov. 23. Playing behind a disinterested team finishing up a three-game road trip, Niemi was hung out to dry, resulting in Julien turning to his starting netminder midway through the third period, in the process delivering a not-so-subtle message to his young team. Price was perfect, admittedly, in a game well out of reach at his time of entry. Expect Price to get the start Thursday versus Carolina. He lost his only other start against the Hurricanes this season, a 2-1 loss back on Nov. 27. The 31-year-old's record will not be impacted by Tuesday's result.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Jeff Petry: Scores lone goal in blowout loss
Petry scored his team's only goal in Tuesday's 7-1 loss to the Wild.
Early in the third, with his team trailing 6-0, Petry took a pass from Michael Chaput and beat Devan Dubnyk with a slap shot to break the goalie's shutout bid. Apart from that, it was a forgettable night for the Canadiens, but individually it's been an impressive season for the 31-year-old blueliner, who's now up to five goals and 22 points in 31 games. Including Tuesday's effort, Petry has three goals and five points over his last five games.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Noah Juulsen: Returns to action
Juulsen was added to the active roster for Tuesday's 7-1 loss to the Wild. He had two shots and a hit over 16:06 of ice time.
Juulsen returned to the lineup after missing nine consecutive games with a facial fracture and skated on the third pair. The Canadiens have shuffled their blue line since the start of the season, but Juulsen survived and will be a nightly starter.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Antti Niemi: Rocked by Wild
Niemi stopped 17 of 24 shots and was pulled midway through the third period of Tuesday's 7-1 loss to the Wild.
Niemi was making his first start since Nov. 23, so there might have been an element of rust, but losses like this are rarely the fault of the goalie and this was no different. The team wasn't prepared for the final game of its three-game road trip, and it showed in the number of scoring chances the skaters allowed. "It could have been way worse than 1-0 after the first period," Shea Weber told Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette. "(Niemi) kept it tight. We were giving up Grade A chances, it's not like we were giving up shots from the outside. The shots we were giving up were right in the slot, breakaways, chances that aren't okay." The Wild scored on all four of their power plays and added a shortie, just because they could.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Jarret Tyszka: Cleared to play
Tyszka (concussion) -- who was injured during training camp -- is back with WHL Seattle and has racked up 11 PIM in two games.
Tyszka was a long shot to make the Habs' roster even if he had stayed healthy. The blueliner will look to improve upon his 40-point campaign with the Thunderbirds from last year and could see some AHL action following the completion of his junior season.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Noah Juulsen: Activated off IR
Juulsen (face) is no longer listed on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.
Juulsen has missed Montreal's last nine games due to a facial fracture, but all signs point to him returning to action Tuesday against the Wild. The 21-year-old has been a solid middle-pairing contributor for the Canadiens this campaign, notching one goal and five points while posting a plus-3 rating in 17 appearances, but his lack of offensive upside keeps him safely off the radar in all but the deepest of fantasy formats.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Antti Niemi: Guarding goal Tuesday
Niemi will defend the net Tuesday against the Wild in Minneapolis, Chantal Machabee of RDS reports.
Niemi has waited his turn patiently in the crease, making his last start Nov. 23 against the Sabres, and that wait will come to an end after seven straight games working as the backup. Niemi has posted a 4-2-1 record over seven appearances this season, though his road ratios -- 3.89 GAA and .893 save percentage -- don't inspire confidence that he will shut down a Minnesota club averaging 3.50 goals per game at home this season.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Noah Juulsen: Return on hold
Juulsen (facial fracture) may not play Tuesday against the Wild, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Coach Claude Julien had targeted Sunday's game against the Blackhawks for Juulsen's return but decided to stick with the lineup that swept the Senators last week. After beating Chicago, the Canadiens have a three-game winning streak, and the coach may stay with the same lineup, That would also give Minnesota homeboy Mike Reilly, who grew up in Chanhassen just outside the Twin Cities, a start in front of family.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Carey Price: May take seat Tuesday
Coach Claude Julien is considering giving Price a break Tuesday against the Wild, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Julien is mulling over his options, but would like to prevent backup Antti Niemi from getting rusty. Price has started seven straight -- looking like vintage Price during that run -- and there isn't a back-to-back set on the schedule until Dec. 19 and 20.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Antti Niemi: May face Wild on Tuesday
Coach Claude Julien said he's considering Niemi to start Tuesday against Minnesota, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Niemi hasn't been between the pipes since Nov. 23, as Carey Price has started seven straight games. A random start would be good to prevent Niemi from getting rusty, though the coach must balance that with Price, who has a 2.33 GAA and .919 save percentage in his seven starts, being in a groove.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Michael Chaput: Nabs assist in win
Chaput had an assist, blocked one shot and won three of seven faceoffs in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Blackhawks.
Chaput has assists in two straight games and become a fourth-line staple for coach Claude Julien, who likes the 26-year-old's ability in the faceoff circle. Of the Canadiens' regulars, Chaput leads Montreal with a 58.9 winning percentage at the dot. That includes a 60.9 percentage in the defensive zone. He's essentially become the new Tomas Plekanec, but with younger legs.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Mike Reilly: Season-low TOI
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.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Kenny Agostino: Producing on fourth line
Agostino had an assist, a shot and four hits in Sunday's 3-2 win over Chicago.
Agostino has assists in two straight games and six points over the last 10. The Habs are pleased where they've landed with their fourth line. Agostino has an offensive skill set that's earned him minutes on the second-unit power play (1:24 PPTOI/G). He joins center Michael Chaput, the team's leader in faceoff percentage (58.4), and the uber physical Nicolas Deslauriers (3.0 Hits/G).... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Tomas Tatar: Tickles twine late for win
Tatar scored the deciding goal late in the third period against Chicago on Sunday.
In his first season with the Canadiens, Tatar is on pace to set career highs in both goals and assists. The Czech-born forward broke a 2-2 tie with 1:17 left in regulation, scoring his 12th of the season on Corey Crawford. With points in three straight, Tatar's been one of Montreal's hottest forwards, and he should remain in your lineup until he fails to find the scoresheet.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Shea Weber: Return paying dividends
Weber scored a goal in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Blackhawks.
Weber now has three goals and five points in six games this season. As Montreal's workhorse on the back end, the 33-year-old plays in all situations, and now that he's fully healthy, Weber's production level should put him on par with the league's top defensemen.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Carey Price: Sensational performance nets win
Price made 37 saves in a 3-2 victory over Chicago on Sunday.
Price was particularly exceptional in the game's final period, making 17 saves on his way to a third straight victory. He completely stymied the Blackhawks which allowed Tomas Tatar to score his 12th goal of the season with less than two minutes left on the clock. Tatar's marker would wind up being the difference Sunday. The result moves Price's record to 11-8-4 with a 2.92 GAA and .902 save percentage. While the numbers are still well below what we've come to expect from the 31-year-old, Price is starting to look like his old self again.... See More ... See Less