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Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Temporarily drops to taxi squad
Kotkaniemi was assigned to the taxi squad Tuesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
This is purely for administrative purposes, perhaps to maneuver the salary cap, and the 20-year-old will be called back up for Wednesday's game against the Canucks. Kotkaniemi failed to post a point through the first three games, but he's tacked on 10 hits and seven shots on net.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Joel Edmundson: Leads team in hits, blocks
Edmundson had two shots, three hits and one block over 19:55 of ice time in Monday's 3-1 win over Edmonton.
Edmundson leads Montreal through three games with nine blocked shots and is tied for the team lead with 10 hits. He also tops the Habs at plus-5. Edmundson skates on the second pair but could see his playing time eventually take a hit, if coach Claude Julien wants to give rookie blueliner Alexander Romanov, who is on the third pair, a larger role in five-on-five situations.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Pointless through three games
Kotkaniemi had five shots, four hits and a blocked shot over 11:45 of ice time in Monday's 3-1 win over the Oilers.
Kotkaniemi is one of three Canadiens without a point through three games, including linemate Joel Armia, but the third-year center looks more aggressive and confident. His growing confidence is evident in his willingness to shoot more and use of his body. Kotkaniemi has seven shots and a team-high tying 10 hits through three games.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Brett Kulak: Posts assist
Kulak notched an assist and two shots on goal in Monday's 3-1 win over the Oilers.
Kulak set up his defense partner, rookie Alexander Romanov, for the opening goal Monday. It was Kulak's first point of the year to go with four shots on goal, six blocked shots and three hits in three contests. There's not much to get excited about from a fantasy perspective -- Kulak's a stay-at-home defender that will allow Romanov to roam around more in the offensive zone.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Paul Byron: Generates helper
Byron posted an assist in Monday's 3-1 win over the Oilers.
The helper was Byron's first point in three games this year. He had the secondary assist on Alexander Romanov's first NHL goal in the first period. The 31-year-old Byron was limited to 10 points in 29 contests last year, and he's only seeing fourth-line usage with some penalty-killing duties in 2020-21. Fantasy managers can find more offense elsewhere, but he could provide a boost in hits or shorthanded points throughout the year.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Tyler Toffoli: Supplies power-play assist
Toffoli notched a power-play assist, two shots on goal and two hits in Monday's 3-1 win over the Oilers.
Toffoli earned the secondary helper on a Shea Weber power-play goal late in the second period that took the wind out of the Oilers' sails. The helper was Toffoli's first point as a Hab -- he's added seven shots through three contests. The 28-year-old winger is still finding his way with his new team, which has strong depth on both wings. That could make it hard for the right-handed Toffoli to play in the top-six, as Brendan Gallagher and Josh Anderson are the Canadiens' top right wing options.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Jeff Petry: Dishes shorthanded assist
Petry posted a shorthanded assist in Monday's 3-1 win over the Oilers.
Petry has been a frequent name on the scoresheet with five points through the Canadiens' first three contests. The veteran defenseman has gotten it done in all situations, with two power-play points and now one while shorthanded. In non-scoring numbers, he has eight shots on net, six blocked shots and five hits. While this level of production is unsustainable, Petry's posted at least 40 points in each of the last three seasons and should reach the 30-point mark in a shortened 2020-21 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Nick Suzuki: Adds power-play helper
Suzuki posted a power-play assist, two hits and two PIM in Monday's 3-1 win over the Oilers.
Suzuki has a point in each of the Canadiens' three games so far, and all of them have come on the power play. He set up Shea Weber for the second goal of the game Monday. While a point-per-game pace may be a bit above Suzuki's capabilities in his second season, he's added nine hits and eight shots on goal in three contests. Fantasy managers can't have many complains about the 21-year-old's production so far.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Artturi Lehkonen: On scoresheet with shortie
Lehkonen scored a shorthanded goal in Monday's 3-1 win over the Oilers.
Lehkonen's offensive chances have been limited in a fourth-line role to begin the year. His goal Monday, his first point of the year, was a momentum killer for the Oilers, as it stretched the Canadiens' lead to 3-0. Lehkonen has contributed with six hits, three shots on goal and three blocked shots through three contests, but it's tough for fantasy managers to trust him while he's seeing such minimal usage.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Shea Weber: Lights lamp on power play
Weber scored a power-play goal on five shots and added three hits in Monday's 3-1 win over the Oilers.
Weber provided the second goal for the Canadiens, which stood as the game-winner. He has a tally and two helpers on a three-game point streak to start the year, and all of his points have come with a man advantage. Weber has added six PIM and five hits.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Alexander Romanov: Deposits first NHL goal
Romanov scored a goal on three shots and added four hits in Monday's 3-1 win over the Oilers.
Romanov opened the scoring at 9:54 of the first period, and the Canadiens never trailed in the contest. The Russian blueliner has adapted well to the NHL with two points, 10 hits, nine shots on goal and six blocked shots through his first three appearances. He probably won't bump Jeff Petry off the second pairing anytime soon, but head coach Claude Julien will want to find ways to get Romanov on the ice if he keeps performing at a high level.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Jake Allen: Wins in Canadiens debut
Allen saved 25 of 26 shots in a 3-1 win over the Oilers on Monday.
Allen was 2:09 away from a shutout when Devin Shore spoiled the shutout bid with a shorthanded goal. Other than that, Allen was excellent in his first game with the Canadiens. He had a 2.15 GAA and a .927 save percentage in a backup role for the Blues last year, and behind what seems to be a sturdy Montreal defense, Allen could have a strong year. He'll likely start one of the next three games as the Canadiens continue their road trip in Vancouver with contests Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Jake Allen: Pegged for season debut
Allen will tend the road twine in Monday's game against the Oilers, John Lu of TSN.ca reports.
Allen was outstanding as Jordan Binnington's backup in St. Louis last season, posting a .927 save percentage and a 2.15 GAA to complement a 12-6-3 record. The 30-year-old should be due for a handful of spot starts this year behind Carey Price, and he'll make his Canadiens debut Monday. The Oilers managed to score just one goal on the Canadiens in Saturday's loss.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Joel Armia: Quiet start to season
Armia recorded his first two shots of the season in Saturday's 5-1 win over Edmonton.
Armia is off to a quiet start with just two shots and four hits over the first two contests. He's lined up with center Jesperi Kotkaniemi and the newly acquired Tyler Toffoli on Montreal's third line. He has yet to appear on the power play after averaging 2:01 with a man advantage in 2019-20, so he may be hard pressed to match last season's career-high 16 goals and 30 points.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Brett Kulak: Logs three blocks
Kulak had one shot on net and three blocked shots over 14:38 of ice time in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Oilers.
The way Carey Price played Saturday, the goalie didn't require much shot-blocking help from his defensemen. Kulak, who was fifth on the Canadiens with 50 blocked shots in 56 games in 2019-20, has blocked three shots in each of the first two games this season. The 27-year-old Kulak is skating on the third pair with rookie Alexander Romanov.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Ben Chiarot: Hits leader through two games
Chiarot had three hits and two shots on net over a team-high 23:04 of ice time in Saturday's 5-1 win over Edmonton.
Chiarot, who finished second on the team with 152 hits in 2019-20, has started the current season as a top hitter. He's recorded seven hits through the first two games, tying him with Nick Suzuki and Joel Edmundson. He lines up on the top pair with Shea Weber, so Chiarot should routinely receive in the neighborhood of 22 to 23 minutes of ice time per game. That will give him the opportunity to build counting stats like hits and blocks.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Shea Weber: Records second PP point
Weber logged a power-play assist, two shots, two PIM, one hit and one blocked shot over 21:59 of ice time in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Oilers.
Weber was the secondary assist man on Jeff Petry's first-period, power-play goal, giving him a power-play helper in each of the first two games. Normally one of the team's shot leaders, Weber has just three shots through the first two games. That may be the result of the scoring depth general manager Marc Bergevin added during the offseason. Montreal may not need Weber to extend himself offensively as it has in the past.... See More ... See Less
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