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Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Desharnais scored the opening goal in Friday's 4-1 win over Tampa Bay in Game 2 of the teams' Atlantic Division semifinal.
Impact: Desharnais deflected a P.K. Subban shot past Anders Lindback and grabbed a point for the second-consecutive game in the series. Considering the chemistry Desharnais has shown with Thomas Vanek and Max Pacioretty, one can assume he'll be productive if the Habs are to continue playing well.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Subban assisted on two of Montreal's four goals in Friday's Game 2 win over Tampa Bay in their Atlantic Division semifinal series.
Impact: Subban created Montreal's second goal with a great outlet pass to Thomas Vanek, who then sprung Rene Bourque. There's little question that Subban will be one of the team's more active offensive players, so look for him to be on the scoresheet often if the Habs are doing well.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bourque scored twice in Friday's 4-1 win over Tampa Bay in Game 2 of their Atlantic Division semifinal series, his first points of the playoffs.
Impact: Bourque's first goal saw him dart through the Tampa Bay defense and deftly finish past Anders Lindback. Bourque had been rather inconsistent this season, as his nine goals didn't exactly mesh well with his high cap hit. The odds of him scoring consistently in the postseason are limited if his regular season bears any meaning.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Price allowed one goal on 27 shots in Friday's 4-1 win over Tampa Bay in Game 2 of their Atlantic Division semifinal series.
Impact: The game was a marked improvement from Game 1 where Price surrendered four goals on 25 shots. The Habs take a 2-0 series lead back to Montreal, where Price has been rather solid this season. Montreal is in complete control of this series and Price can make it a quick one if he gets into lockdown mode.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Price will be in net for the Canadiens on Friday, John Lu of TSN reports.
Impact: Price struggled in his first outing in the playoffs, allowing four goals on 25 shots, but was still able to escape with the win. He will look for a better performance in net in Game 2.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Moen (concussion) will not play Friday against the Lightning, the Canadiens' official site reports.
Impact: According to coach Michel Therrien, Moen -- who was on the ice with his teammates Thursday -- is progressing well, but we won't see the forward before Sunday's Game 3 against the Lightning, in any case.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | STATS
News: Weise scored 18:08 into overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the opening game of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff series on Wednesday night.
Impact: It was the first postseason goal and point for Weise in seven career games.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Prust (upper body) played 20:24 in Wednesday night's win over Tampa Bay in Game 1 of their opening-round playoff series. He had not played since March 18.
Impact: Prust looked a little rusty, but he'll get better as the series moves along. He skated on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Briere took four shots on goal and assisted on Dale Weise's game-winning goal in overtime Wednesday against Tampa Bay in the first game of their opening-round playoff series.
Impact: The Canadiens' fourth line was humming in overtime, with Briere missing on a few scoring chances before his work behind the net helped Weise convert with just under two minutes remaining in OT. It's playoff time and Briere is Montreal's most seasoned player in terms of postseason experience. His assist gives him 110 points in 109 playoff games.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Weise scored the game-winning goal in overtime Wednesday night against Tampa Bay in the first game of their opening-round playoff series.
Impact: The Canadiens carried play in the overtime period and it was only a matter of time before they converted one of their scoring chances. In this case, the hard work of the fourth line -- particularly Daniel Briere's forecheck behind the Lightning goal -- was the catalyst for the game-winner.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Eller picked up a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 5-4 OT win over the Lightning.
Impact: With just 12 goals and 14 assists in 77 regular season games, fantasy owners probably overlooked Eller heading into the playoffs, but he has broken out lately with five points in his last three contests.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Emelin dished out two assists in Wednesday's 5-4 OT win over the Lightning.
Impact: The blueliner finished the regular season with just three goals and 14 assists in 59 games, so it's unlikely that he'll be able to maintain his Game 1 scoring pace.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gionta posted a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 5-4 OT win over the Lightning.
Impact: The Canadiens captain led by example Wednesday, scoring on a shorthanded goal late in the second period. With 96 career playoff games under his belt, Gionta will be a valuable veteran presence for Montreal this postseason.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Price allowed four goals on 25 shots in Wednesday's 5-4 OT win over the Lightning.
Impact: Price escaped with the win, but let the Lightning hang around all night, despite the Canadiens finishing with a 44-25 advantage in shots on goal. He's still the starter heading into Game 2, but keep an eye on whether his mistakes continue.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Prust (upper body) will return to the lineup for Wednesday's Game 1 against the Lightning, John Lu of TSN reports.
Impact: Prust hasn't played since March 18, but will draw back into the lineup Wednesday for the start of the playoffs. The winger recorded six goals, seven assists, and 121 PIM in 52 games during the regular season.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Prust (upper body) will be a game-time decision for Game 1 of the Habs' playoff series with the Lightning beginning Wednesday, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Impact: Prust was able to take part in Tuesday's practice and skated on a regular line, but it's unclear if he's fully recovered from injury quite yet after missing the final 12 games of the regular season. The team could make a decision on Prust's status for Game 1 at the conclusion of Wednesday's morning skate.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Moen (concussion) joined the Canadiens for a non-contact practice Tuesday, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Impact: Though Moen will travel to Tampa for the team's first-round playoff series, he's seemingly unavailable for at least Game 1 after skating on the Habs' fifth line at Tuesday's session. He'll need to get some full-contact work before coach Michel Therrien considers using him in his postseason lineup.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Briere centered the fourth line during Tuesday's practice before the Canadiens traveled to Tampa for Wednesday night's playoff game against the Lightning, Hockey Inside Out reports.
Impact: Briere, who registered just 25 points in 69 games, was a disappointing free-agent signing this season but enters the postseason as Montreal's leader in playoff experience. All will be forgiven if he produces in April and May. In 108 playoff games, Briere has 109 points, including 50 goals.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Prust (upper body) returned to practice Monday, TSN reports.
Impact: The gritty winger hasn't played since March 18, but did rack up six goals, seven assists, and 121 PIM in 52 games before getting hurt. The team did state that he may not be ready for Game 1 on Wednesday, but it sounds like Prust will be back at some point during the first round.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Eller (illness) is ready to play in Wednesday's Game 1 against the Lightning, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Impact: The center said he feels 100 percent ready to return and was excited to get back on the ice with his teammates Monday. Eller finished the regular season with 12 goals and 14 assists in 77 games, including three points in the last two games before falling ill.
Sun. Apr 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Price made 41 saves as Montreal finished with 100 points and a 1-0 OT win over the Rangers.
Impact: Price will test himself against division rival Tampa Bay in the postseason.
Apr 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holland scored just six goals in 55 games for the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League this season, the Hamilton Spectator reports. He's been a healthy scratch in a handful of games late in the season.
Impact: More was expected of Holland, who came to Montreal from Calgary in the Rene Bourque deal two years ago. He had 28 points in his first season with the organization while skating for the AHL's worst team. In 2013-14, he was given plenty of opportunity on the man advantage and on the top two lines, but was unable to make an impact. Personnel changes are likely for a team that hasn't made the playoffs in three seasons, and it's looking like Holland may be a casualty.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Price made 39 saves Saturday in a 1-0 win over the Rangers.
Impact: He finishes the regular season with a 34-20-5 record and six shutouts. The Habs will go as far his postseason as he can carry them. And that could be a couple rounds.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gionta scored the Canadiens' only goal on a penalty shot in overtime Saturday in a 1-0 victory over the Rangers.
Impact: It was his 40th point of the season and a real emotional lift for the Habs, who seemed to sleepwalk through the early part of the game. The win means the Habs hit the 100-point mark and at least temporarily hold second place in the Atlantic.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | STATS
News: The Montreal Canadiens signed goalie Tokarski to a two-year contract extension on Saturday.
Impact: The 24-year-old Tokarski is 2-0 with one shutout, a .946 save percentage and 1.84 goals-against average in three games this season with the Canadiens. In 40 games with Hamilton of the AHL, Tokarski was 20-15-3 with one shutout, a .902 save percentage and 2.36 GAA.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Price will be in net for the Canadiens on Saturday, Dave Stubbs of The Gazette reports.
Impact: Price will get his second straight start for the Canadiens as they gear up for a playoff run. Price will likely get the majority of the starts in the playoffs.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tokarski signed a two-year deal with the Canadiens on Saturday, LNH's Arpon Basu reports.
Impact: Tokarski is currently on the team's AHL affiliate but has seen time with the big league club. With Peter Budaj and Carey Price both on the roster, it will be difficult for Tokarski to get time with the Canadiens unless there is an injury to either of the other netminders.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Blunden was recalled from AHL Hamilton on Friday.
Impact: Blunden has totaled 36 points in 66 games at Hamilton this season. He previously appeared in six games earlier this year for the big club, and could be used in the Montreal lineup over the weekend.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Eller (illness) will not play in Saturday's season finale, John Lu of TSN Montreal reports.
Impact: Eller is still under the weather, so the Canadiens will hold him out for the third straight game. They do, however, hope he will be good to go when the playoffs begin next week.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Moen (concussion) skated Thursday but is unlikely to play in Saturday's season finale, John Lu of TSN Montreal reports.
Impact: It's not clear exactly when Moen will be ready to play again, but the report adds that his return is not imminent, so it seems unlikely that he will play this weekend.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Canadiens are hopeful that Prust (upper body) will be ready to play when the postseason begins next week, John Lu of TSN Montreal reports.
Impact: Prust has not played since Mar. 18, but he skated the last couple days and did not report any setbacks, so there is a chance he will be ready to go for the Canadiens' first-round series.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Murray returned to action Thursday night after serving a three-game suspension. He skated 6:29 with a hit, a blocked shot and 15 penalty minutes in a 2-0 loss to the Islanders.
Impact: Murray, who just served a suspension for elbowing Tampa Bay's Michael Kostka, was run from Thursday night's game for hitting the Islanders' Johan Sundstrom from behind. The NHL said after the game that Murray would not be suspended for the hit.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Galchenyuk's lower-body injury is a knee injury, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Impact: The exact nature of the injury is unknown, but the specter of a knee injury sounds worse than lower body. Whatever the injury, it will keep Galcehnyuk out of the first round of the playoffs.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Price stopped 28 of 30 shots Thursday, but took a 2-0 loss, as the Isles' Evgeni Nabokov was perfect on the other end.
Impact: Tough one for Price, but this was really just a playoff tuneup for him and the Habs, as they're locked into a playoff spot. Still, they would have liked to win this one against a bad Islanders team to help secure home-ice advantage.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Beaulieu was reassigned to AHL Hamilton on Thursday.
Impact: Beaulieu stuck with the NHL squad for a full week, but he only appeared in one game, logging 16:29 of ice time in Wednesday's overtime loss to the 'Hawks. He has intriguing potential as an offensive-minded defenseman and could compete for a roster spot next season.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Galchenyuk (lower body) will not be available for the first round of the playoffs.
Impact: Galchenyuk can thus be ruled out for the regular season, and it's unclear whether he'll have a decent chance to return for later rounds should the Habs advance beyond their opening matchup. The team didn't provide any details on the injury, other than noting that Galchenyuk hurt his lower body and won't play in the first round.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Eller (illness) will not play Thursday against the Islanders, TSN Montreal's John Lu reports.
Impact: Eller is still apparently feeling under the weather, and will miss his second straight game as a result.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Michel Therrien said Galchenyuk (lower body) went in for an MRI earlier Thursday, but he would not disclose the results, John Lu of TSN Montreal reports.
Impact: Therrien said Galchenyuk will first meet with a doctor later in the evening for an evaluation, making him safe to consider out for Thursday's game against the Islanders. Galchenyuk was spotted on crutches after Wednesday's game and could be in jeopardy of missing some postseason action if the injury proves to be significant.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tokarski was reassigned to AHL Hamilton on Thursday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: Tokarski was recalled only to back up Peter Budaj on Wednesday in Chicago with Carey Price receiving the night off. With both Price and Budaj in the fold for Thursday's game against the Islanders, Tokarski will head back to the minors.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Weise returned to the lineup and scored a goal in Wednesday night's overtime loss to Chicago. It wasn't a hockey art, but Weise was rewarded for going to the net when he redirected a bouncing pass from Josh Gorges.
Impact: Weise was going to be a healthy scratch for the game before Lars Eller was scratched because of the flu. Additionally, Alex Galchenyuk left the game early with a lower-body injury. Weise could be in line for some extra minutes in the final two games, though he's not typically a scorer.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Galchenyuk played only two shifts in the first period before suffering a lower-body injury Wednesday.
Impact: His status going forward is uncertain.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Eller returned to action for Game 1 of the playoffs Wednesday. He finished with a goal and an assist in a 5-4 overtime win at Tampa Bay.
Impact: Eller had been dealing with an illness.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Desharnais had an assist in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime loss to Chicago.
Impact: After a crummy start to the season, the Quebec center has really turned things up a notch. Desharnais has logged an almost point-per-game pace with 12 assists (17 points) over his last 19 games and will be an integral part of Montreal's fate in the playoffs starting next week.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vanek assisted on a third period goal in Montreal's 3-2 overtime loss to Chicago on Wednesday.
Impact: While Vanek has been shutout in two of four games this month, he's logged 15 points in 16 games since being acquired from the Islanders at the trade deadline. Buffalo's former fifth overall pick (2003) has 23 goals (59 points) in 62 games played this season.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Budaj stopped 25 of 28 shots in Wednesday's overtime loss to Chicago.
Impact: Not only did he give up the tying-goal to Marian Hossa with less than a minute remaining in regulation, he yielded the winner to Patrick Sharp less than a minute into overtime. While he's not the best option available, you could do worse and Budaj (10-9) could end up with the one more nod before Carey Price takes over the reins as Montreal begins its playoff run.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Despite logging six shots on goal in nearly 21 minutes of ice time, Pacioretty was held without a point in Montreal's 3-2 loss to Chicago.
Impact: Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford was solid in this one. Forget the doughnut, with nine goals in his last nine games, Pacioretty is arguably one of the most reliable goal-scorers heading into the playoffs. The Connecticut native is just one goal shy of the 40-goal mark and five tallies shy of his career-high (65) in points with two tilts remaining.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bourque logged an assist in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime loss to Chicago.
Impact: The eight-year veteran has been an intermittent victim of the healthy scratch treatment recently, so it's nice to see him get off the schneid. However, it's just his third point in the last 13 games. With 15 points in 60 games played, Bourque is in the midst of the worst offensive season of his career and is in danger of being left off the active roster for the first round of the playoffs.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gorges (hand) registered an assist and a minus-1 rating in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime loss to Chicago.
Impact: Most importantly, the veteran defenseman registered nearly 22 minutes of ice time in his first game in over a month. While Gorges isn't exactly winning any leagues for fantasy owners or setting any new career-highs, he will certainly be an important part of Montreal's playoff run.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Galchenyuk (lower body) was seen on crutches following Wednesday's game, TSN's Ryan Rishaug reports.
Impact: Galchenyuk took a hit during the first period of Wednesday night's tilt with the Blackhawks, and left the ice after finishing his shift. It was later reported that he would miss the rest of the game, and the fact that he was seen on crutches after the game suggests his availability for Thursday's game is highly in question.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Galchenyuk (lower body) left Wednesday's game against the Blackhawks and won't return, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports Montreal reports.
Impact: Galchenyuk left the game in the first period, and won't be rejoining the Habs' second line Wednesday night. A status will likely be provided following Wednesday's game.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Weise (wrist) will play Wednesday night against the Blackhawks, Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Impact: Weise has been absent since March 24, but has received the necessary medical clearance and will skate Wednesday night. He's expected to take the spot of Lars Eller, who will sit Wednesday due to the flu.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Eller (illness) is not in the lineup Wednesday night against the Blackhawks, Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Impact: Eller is suffering from a bout with the flu, and will take a seat Wednesday night as a result. Dale Weise will take his spot in the lineup, and will likely assume Eller's typical third-line duties.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Prust (upper body) skated on his own Tuesday, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Impact: There's a chance Prust could return in time for the postseason, according to coach Michel Therrien. The forward has missed eight games since suffering the injury.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Murray did not travel to Chicago with teammates for Wednesday night's game, as he's finishing up his three-game suspension.
Impact: Murray was whacked with the suspension for elbowing Tampa Bay's Mike Kostka last week. Kostka suffered a concussion, but returned to skating for the first time Tuesday.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gorges (hand) will return to the lineup Wednesday night against Chicago, Hockey Inside Out reports.
Impact: Gorges missed a little more than a month because of a broken bone in his hand.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tokarski was recalled from AHL Hamilton on Tuesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: The Canadiens will allow Carey Price (rest) to stay at home when the team heads to Chicago for Wednesday's game, necessitating the call up of Tokarski. He'll serve as the backup Wednesday behind Peter Budaj.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Moen (head) will not return to the lineup Wednesday against the Blackhawks.
Impact: Moen continues to recover from a concussion and it appears increasingly unlikely he won't return before the end of the regular season. He might have had a difficult time seeing fourth-line minutes anyway with Michael Bournival returning from a concussion recently.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Markov (rest) will not travel to Chicago for Wednesday's game against the Blackhawks.
Impact: Both Markov and defensive partner Alexei Emelin will take therapy days Wednesday in preparation for the playoffs. Look for Francis Bouillon and Nathan Beaulieu to enter the lineup Wednesday in place of the two resting blueliners.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Emelin (rest) won't travel to Chicago for Wednesday's game against the Blackhawks.
Impact: Both Emelin and defensive partner Andrei Markov will take therapy days Wednesday in preparation for the playoffs. Look for Francis Bouillon and Nathan Beaulieu to enter the lineup Wednesday in place of the two resting blueliners.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Although he won't start Wednesday's game against the Blackhawks, Price will be in the net for the Habs' final two regular-season contests Thursday against the Islanders and Saturday against the Rangers, Marc Antoine Godin of the Montreal Press reports.
Impact: While he hasn't been as dominant in the second half as he was earlier this season, Price has ridden a red-hot offense to wins in 10 of his last 12 turns. After resting Wednesday in favor of backup Peter Budaj, Price will use the last two regular season games as a tune-up for the playoffs.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Budaj will man the net Wednesday against the Blackhawks, Marc Antoine Godin of the Montreal Press reports.
Impact: Wednesday will mark Budaj's final start of the season, with coach Michel Therrien announcing No. 1 goalie Carey Price will be in goal for the team's last two regular-season tilts. After providing a 1.97 GAA and .926 save percentage in 14 appearances before the break, Budaj has imploded since the Olympics, posting 3.24 and .887 marks in those respective categories.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Weise (wrist) practiced Monday and should be ready to play Wednesday night in Chicago, pending final medical clearance Tuesday, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Impact: Weise has been out since March 24, when he left in the early moments of a game against Boston. He practiced on the fourth line with Daniel Briere and Michael Bournival.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gorges (hand) practiced Monday and should be ready to play Wednesday night in Chicago, pending final medical clearance Tuesday, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Impact: Gorges has been out of the lineup since Mar. 6 with a broken bone in his finger. With three games left in the regular season, Gorges can use this time to prepare for the postseason.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Galchenyuk notched his 13th goal of the season in Saturday's win over the Red Wings.
Impact: The Habs' depth at forward has typically relegated Galchenyuk to less than 15 minutes per game, but the limited ice time hasn't done much to diminish his productivity. The 20-year-old is enjoying a three-game point streak, his longest such run since opening the season with a four-game streak back in October.
Sun. Apr 6, 2014 | STATS
News: Pacioretty continued his goal scoring binge in a 5-3 win over Detroit on Saturday.
Impact: Pacioretty scored his ninth in eight games and moved into a tie for third in the league with 39.
Sun. Apr 6, 2014 | STATS
News: Gionta scored his second goal of the game late in the third period to give the surging Montreal Canadiens a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.
Impact: The Montreal captain had one assist in his previous five games.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tinordi assisted on two goals in Saturday's 5-3 win over the Red Wings.
Impact: With Douglas Murray on suspension, Tinordi has joined the lineup for the past two games, logging the two points, seven PIM, two hits and three blocks. He should make another appearance in the lineup Wednesday against the Blackhawks before Murray returns a night later.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Price stopped 34 of 37 shots in Saturday's win over the Red Wings.
Impact: After dominating for the first two periods, Price allowed three unanswered goals in the first 11 minutes of the third, before his offense bailed him out for the win. The victory was his 10th in his last 12 starts.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Emelin had eight hits along with an assist and four blocked shots in Saturday night's 5-3 win over Detroit. He has points in two straight games and leads Montreal with 186 hits.
Impact: Emelin was slow to recover from last season's knee injury, but is in good form for the playoff push. In the last 11 games, he's at plus-8 with a goal and seven assists.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Weaver had an assist and was plus-4 in Saturday's 5-3 win over Detroit. He has points (one goal, four assists) in four straight games.
Impact: Weaver's pushing Thomas Vanek for Montreal's best trade-deadline acquisition. In 14 games since joining the Habs, Weaver has a goal, six assists and a plus-11 rating.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Eller had two assists, including one on Brian Gionta's game winner, in Saturday's 5-3 win over the Red Wings.
Impact: Eller was moved up to the third line, centering Rene Bourque and Gionta (two goals) after playing the last several games on the fourth line. With the goal he scored in Friday's come-from-behind win over Ottawa, Eller has three points in two games after a nine-game drought.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pacioretty continued his goal assault Saturday with a single marker in a win over Detroit. He has eight goals in his last six games.
Impact: He's now in a tie with San Jose's Joe Pavelski for third in the NHL in goals with 39. But it's not just goals -- he has 15 points, including those nine goals, in his last 10 games. Take advantage of this hot streak.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gionta scored twice, including the game-winner, in Saturday's 5-3 victory over the Red Wings.
Impact: His overall point totals are in decline, but he can still come up big in big moments. And that's what happened Saturday. His 39 points this season (78 games) pretty much makes him a deep-league option only.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Budaj made 39 saves Friday night in a win over the Sens.
Impact: Budaj has won two in a row after losing four in a row.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Vanek had three assists Friday night in a win over the Sens.
Impact: Vanek is working what is called 'nine to five' in hockey parlance with nine points in his last five games.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Pacioretty had a hat trick Friday night in a win over the Sens.
Impact: Pacioretty added two assists in his first career five-point effort.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bourque is back in the lineup for Saturday's game against Detroit.
Impact: George Parros replaced Bourque on Friday, but the Habs will go with a bit of skill in place of brute strength for Saturday's game. Parros has logged less than 98 minutes on the ice this season, compared to 80 minutes in the penalty box.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Price will start in goal Saturday vs. the Red Wings.
Impact: As expected, Price gets the second game of a back-to-back, after Peter Budaj started Friday. The Habs have another back-to-back coming up this Wednesday and Thursday.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Markov potted his seventh goal of the season in Friday's 7-4 win over the Senators.
Impact: While P.K. Subban receives most of the fantasy buzz among Montreal defensemen, Markov has closed that gap considerably with 43 points this season, his best output since the 2008-09 campaign. Markov has also contributed an astounding 176 blocked shots, and his plus-3 rating Friday night also boosted him to plus-12 overall on the season.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Weaver contributed a goal and an assist in Friday's 7-4 win over the Senators.
Impact: Weaver has gotten into the act offensively of late with points coming in three consecutive games. His six points in 13 games since joining the Canadiens have already matched his scoring output in 55 games with the Panthers.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Subban was benched for most of the first period after being on ice for the first two Ottawa goals in Friday's 7-4 win over the Senators, the Montreal Gazette reports. He returned for regular shifts in the second period and played a season-low 13:39 and finished minus-3 for the night.
Impact: Subban's finding himself in coach Michel Therrien's doghouse as the Habs ramp up for the postseason. Friday's benching occurred one game after Subban's previous season low of time on ice in Tuesday's loss to Tampa Bay. We'll see if this trend continues Saturday against the Red Wings.
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Desharnais grabbed a goal and an assist in Friday's 7-4 win over Ottawa, giving him six points in the last four games.
Impact: Desharnais has been rather active of late, with three mutli-point efforts in the last four games. He's playing strong hockey and figures to be a factor in the offense Montreal will create down the stretch. All but one of his season's 51 points have come in the last 56 games, as his start to year was abysmal.
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vanek assisted on three of Montreal's seven goals in Friday's win over Ottawa, his third multi-point game in the last four contests.
Impact: Vanek is enjoying life with Max Pacioretty, earning eight points in the last four games and he sits with 14 in his 14 contests with Montreal since Deadline Day. Vanek is an elite talent when he decides to play and owners who gambled on him in Montreal are rather happy.
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pacioretty recorded a hat trick in Friday's 7-4 win over Ottawa and assisted on two other goals, giving him nine points in the last four games.
Impact: Patches truly has ratcheted up his game in the last few weeks and has a shot to hit 40 goals for the first time in his career. Owners might want to see a few more assists, but no one's being too picky considering the numbers he is putting up lately.
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Budaj stopped 39 of the 43 shots he faced in Friday's 7-4 win over Ottawa, his first start in four games.
Impact: Budaj didn't get off to a great start on the evening as the Senators took a 3-0 lead early, but Budaj kept the Canadiens in the game despite being outshot almost to 2-to-1. Budaj may see a start next week if the Canadiens have sewn up the the No. 2 seed in their matchup against Tampa Bay, but figure Carey Price will get the bulk of the action, as usual.
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gorges (hand) will return next week, TVA's Renaud Lavoie reports.
Impact: No date was specified, but the Habs have games on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday next week, with the last of those being the regular-season finale. Gorges was previously said to be targeting the Wednesday game, and that's likely still the case.
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 | RotoWire
News: George Parros will replace Bourque in Friday's lineup against the Senators, TVA's Renaud Lavoie reports.
Impact: Bourque has been in and out of the lineup throughout the season, but Friday's scratch comes as a bit of a surprise. He saw just 7:58 of ice time in Monday's game, after topping 11 minutes in each of the previous five games.
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 | STATS
News: Murray has been suspended three games for his hit on Tampa Bay's Mike Kostka.
Impact: Murray elbowed Kostka in the head shortly after the Lightning defenseman passed the puck just inside the Canadiens' blue-line in Tampa Bay's 3-1 home win over Montreal on Tuesday.
Sun. Mar 30, 2014 | STATS
News: Price made 36 saves in Sunday's 4-1 win at Florida.
Impact: He's 9-1-0 with a 2.11 goals-against average and .937 save percentage since Feb. 4.
Sun. Mar 30, 2014 | STATS
News: Pacioretty had two goals and an assist in Saturday's win at Florida.
Impact: He has four goals in three games.