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Thu. Apr 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Galchenyuk (knee) isn't expected to be ready to play until the Eastern Conference Finals round, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Impact: Though the Habs advanced to the second round after easily taking care of the Lightning in four games, Galchenyuk still needs a couple more weeks before entertaining the idea of a return. He first suffered his knee injury back on Apr. 9 and was given a projected recovery timetable for four-to-six weeks.
Wed. Apr 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Eller scored his second goal of the playoffs in Tuesday's series-clinching victory over the Bolts.
Impact: Eller was one of the instrumental figures behind the Canadiens' sweep, providing a point in each game while chipping in defensively with nine hits and four blocked shots in total. His breakout should allow him to see ample ice time during the next round of postseason play.
Wed. Apr 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Price stopped 20 of 23 shots to lead the Canadiens to a Game 4 victory and a sweep of the Lightning on Tuesday.
Impact: Price coughed up a two-goal lead in this one before Max Pacioretty scored the game-winner and series-clincher with just 43 seconds left in the third period. The netminder was somewhat up-and-down during the four-game series, but managed to ride his offense to victories in each game.
Wed. Apr 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bourque had seven shots on goal and four hits in Tuesday night's series-clinching win over Tampa Bay.
Impact: Bourque had himself a nice run against the Lightning, with 22 shots and three goals in the four-game sweep.
Wed. Apr 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gallagher scored his third goal of the series in Tuesday night's win over Tampa Bay.
Impact: It was a big series for Gallagher, who had three goals and two assists while posting a point in all four games.
Wed. Apr 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pacioretty's power-play goal with 42.6 seconds remaining in regulation was the winner in Tuesday night's 4-3 series-clinching win over Tampa Bay.
Impact: It was Pacioretty's first of the postseason and moved the Canadiens on to the second round, where they await the winner of the Boston-Detroit series.
Mon. Apr 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gallagher had a goal and an assist in Sunday's 3-2 win over Tampa Bay in the third game of their opening-round playoff series. He finished plus-2 in 12:40 of ice time.
Impact: Gallagher finished off a pretty play by defenseman P.K. Subban to give Montreal what proved to be the winning goal in the game. He has points in all three games in the series.
Mon. Apr 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Subban had two assists, including one on Brendan Gallagher's game-winning goal, in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Lightning in the third game of their playoff series.
Impact: Subban finished with a game-high 28:03 of ice time and was plus-2. His assist on the Gallagher goal was the prettiest play of the game, and perhaps the series, a reminder of Subban's sometimes-sublime play for the Canadiens.
Apr 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bourque scored a goal on eight shots on net in Montreal's Game 3 win over the Lightning on Sunday.
Impact: Bourque only scored nine goals all season, but he now has three in his last two games, and has looked good. It probably won't last, but he has two 27-goal seasons to his name.
Apr 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Price made 27 saves on 29 shots in a Game 3 win over the Lightning on Sunday.
Impact: Price was mediocre in Game 1, but he's been strong in the two games following that, and most importantly the Habs are up three games to none. It is safe to say Price and Montreal are headed to the next round.
Apr 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Moen (concussion) took part in puck battle drills during Sunday's morning skate, John Lu of TSN Montreal reports.
Impact: It's another sign of progress for Moen as he recovers from his concussion, creating the possibility that he may be able to return before the series with the Lighting comes to a close. Consider him questionable for Tuesday's Game 4.
Apr 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Price will start in net for the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday, John Lu of TSN Montreal reports.
Impact: After a shaky performance in Game 1 where Price allowed four goals on 25 shots, he gave up only one goal on 27 shots in Game 2. He will look to put up another solid performance on Sunday in the Canadiens' first home game of the series.
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.
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.
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.
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.