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Canadiens' Jesse Ylonen: Elevated from minors
Ylonen was recalled from AHL Laval on Wednesday.
Ylonen has been lighting it up in the minors with four goals and 10 helpers in 17 games for the Rocket. With injuries decimating the forward ranks, Ylonen may be pressed into service versus the Blackhawks on Thursday. If he does play, it would be just the second NHL game for Ylonen who made his debut in 2020-21.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Christian Dvorak: Not practicing Wednesday
Dvorak (lower body) will miss Wednesday's practice session, raising doubts about his availability against Chicago on Thursday.
In his 10 games, Dvorak has garnered four goals, three assists and 14 blocks while averaging 16:28 of ice time. With the Illinois native questionable versus the Hawks, the Hab called up Jesse Ylonen from AHL Laval, though it's Mathieu Perreault who would most likely step into the top-six role vacated by Dvorak.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Laurent Dauphin: Goes minus-2 in debut
Dauphin had one shot on goal, two hits, three blocked shots and finished minus-2 over 15:09 of ice time in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Lightning.
Dauphin made his Montreal debut after being called up from AHL Laval. In his first NHL experience since 2018 when he was with Arizona, Dauphin played significantly more than expected after center Christian Dvorak left with a lower-body injury. He was on the ice for Tampa Bay's first goal, which was the result of a bad pass attempt by defenseman Kale Clague, then was trailing Ondrej Palat who scored the winning goal with 38 seconds left.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Kale Clague: Has shaky introduction
Clague finished minus-1 over 17:29 of ice time in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay.
Clague made his Montreal debut after being claimed off waivers from the Kings over the weekend and did not make a good first impression. The minus-1 came about when Clague fanned on a pass from behind the Montreal goal, which went right to Pat Maroon at the side of the net, and he went far side on Jake Allen, who was hugging the short side post. The newest Canadien eventually settled in and had the fourth highest TOI of Montreal's blueliners.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Jonathan Drouin: Garners assist in loss
Drouin had an assist, one hit and one blocked shot in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Lightning.
Drouin picked up the secondary helper on Nick Suzuki's goal that tied the game, 1-1, in the second period. Due to a spate of injured forwards, Drouin now finds himself on the top line with Suzuki and Mike Hoffman, a unit that was on the ice for both Montreal goals. The assist was the 10th for Drouin, who also has three goals and 13 points over 21 games, ranking him tied for third on the team.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' David Savard: Joins rush for assist
Savard had an assist, four shots on goal, one hit, two blocked shots and two penalty minutes in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Lightning.
Savard, who joined a rush to give Montreal a three-on-two advantage, registered his sixth assist of the season, when he took a feed from Jonathan Drouin and directed the puck to Nick Suzuki for the center's sixth goal of the season. Montreal's blueliners need to make plays like this, as the Canadiens cope with several injuries to goal-scoring forwards while putting out a lineup dotted with bottom-six NHL veterans and minor leaguers.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Mike Hoffman: Tallies in loss
Hoffman scored a goal on two shots and blocked one shot in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay.
Hoffman took a direct feed off a faceoff from Nick Suzuki, glided a step to his left and rifled a wrister through traffic past Andrei Vasilevskiy. It was first marker in two games since returning from a nine-game stay on the injured list due to an upper-body injury. With several goal-scoring forwards unavailable -- Christian Dvorak (lower body) left Tuesday's contest, joining Josh Anderson (upper body), Brendan Gallagher (COVID-19) and Tyler Toffoli (upper body) -- Hoffman becomes a primary piece, along with Suzuki, to Montreal's offense.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Nick Suzuki: Offense returns
Suzuki scored a goal and assisted on another in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay.
Suzuki was part of a three-on-two rush and settled a pass that deflected up to his chest before whacking the puck past Andrei Vasilevskiy to tie the game at one goal apiece. He later won an offensive zone draw -- he won four of five draws in the Lightning's end -- and directed the puck back to Mike Hoffman who wristed a shot through traffic past the goalie. The two points gives him three over the last two games and was his first multi-point effort since Nov. 11. Suzuki, an already vital piece for Montreal, becomes extra important due to several injuries at forward.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Jake Allen: Loses game late
Allen stopped 24 of 27 shots in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay.
Allen and the Canadiens were positioned to upset the Lightning, who are third in the Atlantic Division, but the Stanley Cup champions struck for two goals in the final two-plus minutes to leave Quebec with a regulation win. One of the goals was scored by former Hab Corey Perry, who Montreal chose not to re-sign this offseason. It was the fourth straight loss (one in overtime) for Allen, who has played well during that stretch despite the losing record (2.97 GAA, .918 save percentage).... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Jeff Petry: Lands on injured reserve
Petry (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, per CapFriendly.
Petry last played Dec. 2 versus the Avalanche, so he'll be eligible to return Thursday versus the Blackhawks. The 33-year-old defenseman has not been assigned a timeline to return from his injury yet.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Christian Dvorak: Dealing with lower-body injury
Dvorak exited Tuesday's game versus the Lightning with a lower-body injury, John Lu of TSN.ca reports.
Head coach Dominique Ducharme had no further updates on the forward's status, so Dvorak should be considered day-to-day ahead of Thursday's game versus the Blackhawks.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Christian Dvorak: Exits Tuesday's game
Dvorak (undisclosed) won't return to Tuesday's game versus the Lightning.
No information was provided regarding the nature of Dvorak's exit from the game. There was no obvious play leading up to the injury, so fantasy managers will have to wait until the Canadiens provide an update on the forward.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Jake Allen: Taking on Tampa Bay
Allen will defend the blue paint during Tuesday's matchup with the Lightning.
Allen was pretty solid in his last start Saturday against the Predators, stopping 40 of 44 shots, but he ultimately came away with his second overtime loss of the year due to insufficient goal support from his teammates. The 31-year-old goaltender will try to snap his three-game losing streak in a tough home matchup with a hot Tampa Bay team that's won three straight contests.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Corey Schueneman: Brought up from AHL Laval
Schueneman was promoted from the minors Tuesday.
Schueneman will take the place of Mattias Norlinder who was reassigned to AHL Laval in a corresponding move. The 26-year-old Schueneman shouldn't be expected to get into the lineup against the Lightning on Tuesday, instead serving as an emergency depth option even with Jeff Petry (upper body) unavailable.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Mattias Norlinder: Sent down to minors
Norlinder was reassigned to AHL Laval on Tuesday.
Norlinder has appeared in six games for the Habs this season in which he has tallied one assist, four hits and two shots while averaging just 12:18 of ice time. By rejoining the Rocket, Norlinder should see significantly more ice time in the minors, possibly even on the power play, which will better serve his long-term development. In a corresponding move, Corey Schueneman was brought up from the minors.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Laurent Dauphin: Ready for Habs debut
Dauphin will skate on the fourth line Tuesday against Tampa Bay, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Dauphin was summoned from AHL Laval on Monday after Montreal announced several injuries to forwards. Josh Anderson (upper body), Joel Armia (undisclosed) and Tyler Toffoli (upper body) will miss the game, so Dauphin was added as a reinforcement. The 26-year-old winger has 16 points over 18 games for AHL Laval.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Kale Clague: Will play Tuesday
Clague practiced on the third pair Monday and will be in the lineup Tuesday night against the Lightning, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Clague was claimed off waivers from the Kings this past week and will be put to work immediately due to injuries. Jeff Petry (upper body) is doubtful to play and Sami Niku (COVID-19) is in quarantine until the weekend. Clague has history with head coach Dominique Ducharme, having played for the coach during two world junior championships.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Carey Price: Out through holidays
Price (knee) is not expected to get onto the ice for the Habs until after Christmas, John Lu of TSN.ca reports.
Even once Price starts practicing with the team, he will need some time to get back to 100 percent before actually playing in a game. Having said that, once given the all-clear, Price should immediately slot in as the No. 1 option between the pipes, which will see Jake Allen relegated to the backup job.... See More ... See Less
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