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Canadiens' Joel Armia: Doesn't skate Wednesday
Armia (concussion) did not skate Wednesday, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Armia, who missed Montreal's most recent game, skated solo following Tuesday's practice, offering a hint of hope he was on the way back. Head coach Claude Julien could not provide any more information on Armia, and added that he doesn't plan to provide daily updates on the forward's condition. Armia is expected to miss Thursday's home opener against Calgary, so expect Corey Perry to fill in at right wing on the third line.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Joel Armia: Skates solo
Armia (concussion) briefly skated on his own Tuesday, John Lu of TSN.ca reports.
Armia's still in the NHL's concussion protocol and remains without a timeline for his return, but he's clearly making progress in his recovery. Another update on the 27-year-old Finn should be released once he's cleared to rejoin his teammates for practice.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Corey Perry: Sent to taxi squad
The Canadiens reassigned Perry to their taxi squad Tuesday, Arpon Basu of The Athletic reports.
Perry skated on Montreal's third line during Tuesday's morning skate, so this may just be a temporary move. The 35-year-old winger made his Habs debut Saturday against Vancouver, scoring a goal while firing four shots on net in 15:19 of ice time.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Tyler Toffoli: Earns Player of the Week
Toffoli was awarded the NHL's first Player of the Week on Monday, Matt Cudzinowski of the Canadiens' official site reports.
The 28-year-old winger had an NHL-leading five goals over four games while tying for the lead with eight points and plus-6. Toffoli helped Montreal record at least one point in each of the first six games -- all on the road.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Phillip Danault: Turned down mutli-year pact
Danault declined a six-year, $30 million contract offered to him last fall, Mathias Brunett of La Presse reports.
Neither the Canadiens nor Danault's agent have confirmed the story at this point. The center may have had leverage last fall, but Montreal's quick start, which has featured scoring depth and the emergence of Nick Suzuki and other young centers, turns the leverage back to the organization. Danault remains the team's top center and could remain there for the rest of the season, but he's never scored more than 13 goals. The 27-year-old may not be more than a defensively responsible pivot who can win faceoffs and help shut down opposing scorers. Will that be worth more than six years and $30 million on next year's open market? That's Danault's gamble.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Paul Byron: Quiet in win
Byron had one hit over 10:30 of ice time in Saturday's 5-2 win over Vancouver.
Byron hurt his foot during Thursday's game and sat out practice Friday, leaving him uncertain for the final game of the three-game series in Vancouver. He played 17 shifts in what was slightly reduced usage. He'll get another four full days before Montreal's opens its season at home Thursday against Calgary.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Victor Mete: Remains ready to play
Mete would have been active Saturday if Paul Byron was inactive, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Byron was nursing a sore foot, courtesy of a Shea Weber slapshot in Thursday's game, which made his status uncertain entering Saturday's game. Instead of calling up Michael Frolik from the taxi squad, a move that would have put Montreal over the salary cap, head coach Claude Julien had Mete ready to fill in. The defenseman was set to be active for the first time this season and likely would have been used as a forward. "He could because we've done that before," head coach Claude Julien said before the game. "There was a time there where I've had to put Victor up on the wing and he played a few shifts." Mete is the lone member of the 21-man roster to not appear in a game.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Josh Anderson: Garners assist in win
Anderson had an assist, five shots, two hits and a two-minute minor penalty in Saturday's 5-2 win over Vancouver.
Anderson's breakup along Montreal's blue line led to a breakaway for Jonathan Drouin, who expertly deked Braden Holtby for Montreal's fourth goal. An offseason acquisition, Anderson skates on a potentially explosive line with Drouin (1-4-5) and young center Nick Suzuki (2-4-6). He's second on the team with 21 shots and has three goals and an assist over six games.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Tomas Tatar: Adds assist in win
Tatar had an assist, one shot and two hits in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Canucks.
Tatar's forecheck led to two-on-one with linemate Brendan Gallagher, who whistled a forehander past Braden Holtby. It was the third straight game with an assist for Tatar, who has points in five of six to open the season.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Tyler Toffoli: Hits scoresheet again
Toffoli had an assist, two shots, one hit and a two-minute minor penalty in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Canucks.
Toffoli was the hottest scorer in the NHL entering the contest, having potted five goals in the first two games of the series against Vancouver. He came close on one scoring chance Saturday, but he was wide right with an open net, and had a second opportunity snuffed out by Braden Holtby. Toffoli settled for a secondary assist on Corey Perry's goal, which gave him seven points in three games against his former mates.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Ben Chiarot: Posts assist in win
Chiarot had an assist, one shot and three blocked shots in Saturday's 5-2 win over Vancouver.
Chiarot was the primary helper on Corey Perry's second-period goal that gave Montreal a 2-0 lead. It was the second straight game with a point for Chiarot, who scored a goal in Thursday's win over the Canucks.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Brett Kulak: Picks up primary helper
Kulak had an assist and two blocked shots in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Canucks.
Kulak corralled a loose puck at the red line and pushed possession into the Canucks' end before backhanding a pass to Nick Suzuki, whose quick one-timer beat Braden Holtby for the first goal of the game. Kulak, who has two assists through six games, is the defensive-minded member of the third pair, skating with rookie Alexander Romanov.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Joel Edmundson: Earns respect, scores
Edmundson scored an empty-net goal on two shots along with two hits, one blocked shot and a five-minute fighting major in Saturday's 5-2 win over Vancouver.
Edmundson, an offseason acquisition, earned the respect of his new team early. He sized up the 6-foot-8 Tyler Myers, whose late-game hit Thursday resulted in a concussion for Joel Armia, during warmups. The two then squared off three minutes into the game. Later, Edmundson's shot from in front of his own net went dead center into the Canucks' empty net. It was his first goal in the bleu, blanc et rouge.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Corey Perry: Scores in debut
Perry had a goal on four shots with a blocked shot and two-minute minor penalty over 15:19 of ice time in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Canucks.
Perry made his Montreal debut, filling in for the injured Joel Armia (concussion), and he made an immediate impact. He led a two-on-one chance and tried to slip a pass to Jesperi Kotkaniemi, but the puck was deflected by a defenseman and caromed through Braden Holtby's pads. The Kotkaniemi line was the Canadiens' hottest of the three-game series, netting eight of 17 goals. The Canadiens expect Armia to be out indefinitely, so Perry could rejoin Kotkaniemi and Tyler Toffoli when the Habs play their home opener Thursday against Calgary.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher: Pots winner
Gallagher had a goal on four shots in Saturday's 5-2 win over Vancouver.
An aggressive forecheck led to a two-on-one opportunity with Tomas Tatar sliding a pass to Gallagher, who beat Braden Holtby with a quick forehander. The goal survived a challenge, giving Gallagher his second goal in three games. The 28-year-old, top-line winger leads Montreal with 24 shots over six games.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Jonathan Drouin: Nets first of season
Drouin had a goal on two shots with an assist and a hit in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Canucks.
Josh Anderson forced a turnover in Montreal's end, which resulted in a breakaway for Drouin, who went forehand, backhand and slid the puck five-hole on Braden Holtby for the forward's first goal of the season. He's mostly played the part of playmaker, setting up linemates Anderson and Nick Suzuki, with four assists through the first six games.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Nick Suzuki: Rarified air for young player
Suzuki scored a goal in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Canucks on Saturday.
He opened the scoring in the first with a quick rip off the rush from the right dot. Suzuki has a point in each game (two goals, four assists). That makes him the 10th Habs player in the past 45 years to start the season with a point streak of at least six games. That's impressive for a 21-year-old. Suzuki's fantasy value is growing.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Carey Price: Gets 350th NHL win
Price made 23 saves in a 5-2 win over Vancouver on Saturday.
It was his 350th career win. His best save was classic Price -- he slid across to rob Jake Virtanen on a backdoor one-timer midway through the second. With Jake Allen as his backup, Price is poised to get the kind of support and rest he needs to excel in the regular season and dominate the playoffs. A Vezina nomination may be coming.... See More ... See Less