Jarred Tinordi - #24 - Defense - 6'6" - 205lbs
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tinordi has moved ahead of Nathan Beaulieu for the sixth spot on defense, the Montreal Gazette reports. Beaulieu had opened the season in that spot, but Tinordi has played the last five games.
Impact: His spot as a top-six blue-liner was confirmed Wednesday when the Canadiens sent Beaulieu down to Hamilton of the American Hockey League for some ice time. Tinordi had a wild and unbridled preseason, something head coach Michel Therrien does not want in young defensemen looking for a roster spot, but he's played with composure and maturity in his most recent stretch.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Plekanec registered his fourth assist of the season in a win over Detroit on Tuesday.
Impact: Plekanec has yet to score since tallying four goals in his first three games, though he still has three assists in his four games since then.
Nathan Beaulieu - #28 - Defense - 6'1" - 182lbs
News: Beaulieu was assigned to AHL Hamilton on Wednesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: Beaulieu will stay with Hamilton until Sunday, when he'll rejoin the Canadiens in Edmonton. The 21-year-old has been a healthy scratch for the Habs' last three games, so the demotion looks to be just an excuse for the organization to find him some ice time.
News: Bournival was assigned to AHL Hamilton on Wednesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: Bournival will stay with Hamilton until Sunday, when he'll rejoin the Canadiens in Edmonton. The 22-year-old has been a healthy scratch for all seven of the Habs' games thus far, so the demotion looks to be just an excuse for the organization to find him some ice time.
News: Price stopped 27 of 28 shots in Tuesday night's 2-1 win over the Red Wings. It was his fifth win in six starts.
Impact: Price has weathered a shaky start to the season thanks largely to the Canadiens' offense bailing him out. After two solid Price-like performances, his GAA is now below 3.00 (2.96) to go with a save percentage of .902.
News: Desharnais scored in overtime to seal Tuesday night's 2-1 win over the Red Wings. It was the first goal of the season for Montreal's top-line center.
Impact: Aside from a big night against the Bruins last week, the first line has been relatively quiet to start the season. That'll change. Desharnais, Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher will be team scoring leaders before the season is done.
News: Galchenyuk scored late in regulation in Tuesday's 2-1 overtime win against Detroit. The streaking Galchenyuk has goals in two consecutive games and at least one point in six of his first seven.
Impact: The kid also doled out three hits and used his physicality in the crease to slip one by the Wings' Jimmy Howard, who played well in the loss. Galchenyuk has been noticeably more physical this season, which perhaps has contributed to his increased scoring production.
Dale Weise - #22 - Right Wing - 6'2" - 210lbs
News: Weise was inserted into the active lineup for Tuesday night's game against Detroit, playing right wing on the third line in place of rookie Jiri Sekac.
Impact: Weise had three shots on goal and a team-high six hits in 13:14 of ice time. The third line were a combined minus-17 with one goal through the first six games, so head coach Michel Therrien thought a change was needed.
News: Sekac was a healthy scratch for Tuesday's game against Detroit. Dale Weise -- a healthy scratch three times in the first six games himself -- took his spot in the lineup.
Impact: The third line has been the laggard in Montreal's hot start to the season, so head coach Michel Therrien changed it up by inserting Weise on a line with Rene Bourque and Lars Eller.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Price is slated to start Tuesday's game against the Red Wings, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: Price has been a little lucky this season, winning four of his five starts despite owning a 3.38 GAA -- the 38th best mark in the league. He will likely need to be sharp to pick up the victory Tuesday with the Canadiens taking on a Red Wings team that has given up just 1.40 goals per game through five contests.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Canadiens have recalled Bournival from Hamilton of the American Hockey League, Hockey Inside Out reports.
Impact: Bournival opened the season in Montreal, but was a regular healthy scratch, so he was sent to the AHL to get some playing time. He scored a goal in two games with the Bulldogs. Bournival rotated in on the fourth line during Monday's practice, and it is not known whether he'll suit up Tuesday night against Detroit.
News: Price made 32 saves in Montreal's 3-2 victory Saturday night.
Impact: Price has won four of five starts but his 3.38 GAA is not good.
News: Galchenyuk had a goal and an assist in Montreal's 3-2 victory Saturday night.
Impact: Galchenyuk has six points in six games.
News: Subban scored twice in Montreal's 3-2 victory Saturday night.
Impact: Subban ended a four-game goalless drought.
Lars Eller - #81 - Center - 6'2" - 209lbs
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Eller had an assist, his first point of the season, in Saturday night's 3-2 win over Colorado.
Impact: Eller, who signed a four-year deal in the offseason, is off to a slow start. Through six games, he's gone minus-6. His line -- Montreal's third grouping, which includes Rene Bourque and Jiri Sekac -- has produced three points (one goal, two assists) and is minus-17.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Price stopped 32 of 34 shots in Saturday night's 3-2 win over the Avalanche.
Impact: The two goals represent the fewest Price has allowed in five starts. He entered the game with a 3.75 GAA and .874 save percentage, so this is quite an improvement.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Galchenyuk picked up two points -- a goal and an assist -- in Saturday's win over Colorado. He now has at least one point in five of six games this season and six points (two goals, four assists) in that span.
Impact: Very quietly, Galchenyuk is starting to show that he really was the guy who should have been picked first overall in 2012. This is going to be a big year for the talented winger.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Subban scored twice Saturday to lift the Canadiens to a 3-2 win over the Avalanche. The first one came on the power play; the second was the game-winner.
Impact: He also picked up another minor penalty and we're not all that happy with that. He has 14 PIMs in just six games and that would put him on a path toward a massive career increase in that category. He's more valuable on the ice than in the box, so we'll keep an eye on this one. Hopefully it's just an early-season anomaly.
News: Pacioretty had a goal and two assists in a 6-4 win over Boston on Thursday night.
Impact: Pacrioretty had one goal in his first four games this season. He has seven points (one goal, six assists) in six career games against Montreal's next opponent, Colorado, and had two assists in a 6-3 win March 18.
News: Gallagher had two goals and an assist in a 6-4 win over Boston on Thursday night.
Impact: Gallagher has a team-best five points for Montreal (three goals, two assists) in the last three games.
News: Plekanec had a pair of assists in a 6-4 win over Boston on Thursday night.
Impact: Plekanec has a team-best seven points (four goals, three assists) in the first five games this season.
Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau - #15 - Right Wing - 6'0" - 193lbs
News: Parenteau scored a pair of goals, including the tiebreaker late in the second period, in a 6-4 win over Boston on Thursday night.
Impact: Parenteau had three assists in his first four games with Montreal.
News: Price will be in goal Saturday against the Avalanche, Marc Antoine Godin of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Impact: Price will have the luxury of matching up against an Avalanche team missing both of its top two goalies, with Semyon Varlamov (groin) and Reto Berra (neck) both unexpected to be available. With a 3.75 GAA and .874 over his four starts, Price has been less than stellar this season, but he still carries a 3-1 record thanks to some timely offense from his mates.
News: Emelin dished out two assists in Thursday's victory over the Bruins.
Impact: After missing the previous two games with an upper-body ailment, Emelin looked to be at full health Thursday night, turning in one of his more active performances of the season, In addition to the two helpers, Emelin finished with two shots on goal, two penalty minutes, four hits and three blocked shots over his 21:26 of action.
News: Galchenyuk had an assist, two blocked shots and five hits in Thursday night's win over the Bruins. He has a point in four of the first five games and is tied for the team lead with 14 hits.
Impact: Leading the team in hits is uncharacteristic of Galchenyuk, but he's being rewarded with good minutes. He's averaging 16:41 through five games, a two-minute plus increase over last season's ice-time average.
News: Sekac scored his first NHL goal in Thursday night's win over the Bruins.
Impact: It's taking some time for Sekac to get comfortable in the NHL. He didn't have a shot in his first three games and was a minus-2 while playing less than 10 minutes in the fourth. He's skating on the third line now, which had a good game Thursday, but the playing time could be an issue.
News: Desharnais contributed a pair of assists and went plus-2 in Thursday's victory over Boston, ending a three-game streak without a point.
Impact: Desharnais hadn't been on the scoresheet over the last three games since notching an assist in the opener against Toronto, so this was a much-needed performance for his fantasy owners. He's a talented playmaker skating alongside skilled finishers in Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher, so Desharnais should produce more steadily going forward.
News: Parenteau scored two goals Thursday in a win over Boston, though the second was an empty-netter.
Impact: They were Parenteau's first two goals of the year, but he's actually on a point-per-game pace early on here, with the two tallies and three helpers in five contests. Parenteau should keep seeing good offensive opportunities in Montreal, so he's a solid fantasy roll.
News: Plekanec grabbed two helpers in Thursday's win over the Bruins.
Impact: After opening the season on a three-game goal streak, Plekanec had a scoreless game, then immediately bounced back by notching these two assists. One of them came on an empty-netter, but that's alright -- they all count on the ol' stat line.
News: Pacioretty scored a goal, provided two assists, went plus-2 and took a minor penalty in Thursday's win over the Bruins.
Impact: Pacioretty had picked up just a lonely goal over the first four games of the season and had gone without a point in three straight, but he fixed his season line in a hurry on Thursday. It's reasonable to expect a point total in the high 50s or low 60s from Pacioretty again this year.
News: Gallagher scored two goals and added a power-play assist in Thursday's win over Boston.
Impact: That's points in three straight for Gallagher as he takes aim at building on last season's 41-point output. It'd be nice to see him get a little more ice time, though, as the lack of heavy minutes will keep Gallagher from piling up huge point totals often. On the flip side, it'll also help keep the undersized winger healthy.
News: Price was tagged for four goals on 29 shots Thursday against the Bruins, but his teammates supported him to a 6-4 win.
Impact: Price is off to an odd start to the year, as he's been far from sharp -- 14 goals and an .874 save mark in four games -- and yet he's been rewarded with three wins. Expect the 27-year-old to get his game together soon, and expect the Montreal offense to remain supportive.
News: Price will be in the net Thursday against the Bruins.
Impact: Price is looking to rebound after a rough showing Monday against the Bolts, in which he allowed four goals on 19 shots before he was removed after two periods. The Bruins have struggled to find the net in the early stages of the season, but still represent an imposing adversary for Price and the Habs.
Francis Bouillon - #55 - Defense - 5'8" - 197lbs
News: Bouillon signed with Ambri-Piotta-NLA of Switzerland on Wednesday, TSN reports.
Impact: The soon-to-be-39-year-old Bouillon figures to end his playing career in Europe after the Canadiens released him from his training camp tryout in October. Bouillon tallied two goals and six points over 52 games with the Habs last season.
News: Emelin (lower body) will play in Thursday's game against the Bruins, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: Emelin missed the Canadiens' last two games, but he will return to action Thursday night. Emelin, who tallied two assists in two games earlier this season, figures to reclaim his spot alongside P.K. Subban as part of the Canadiens' top defensive pairing.
News: Bournival will play with AHL Hamilton this weekend and rejoin the Canadiens on Monday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: The 22-year-old center had a quiet season in 2013-14, scoring just seven goals and seven assists in 60 games played for Montreal. Bournival has been a healthy scratch in each of the Canadiens four games this season, so a temporary stay in the AHL would afford him some needed ice time. Montreal doesn't seem to have an established role for him yet, and a role as a regular healthy scratch may be awaiting him upon his return to the Canadiens.
Michael McCarron - #34 - Right Wing - 6'5" - 228lbs
News: McCarron (shoulder) made his season debut for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League on Wednesday, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Impact: McCarron, who had been sidelined since injuring the shoulder in a Sept. 23 preseason game against the Bruins, scored a goal in the first period of the Knights' 4-3 shootout win over the Erie Otters.
News: Emelin (lower body) was a participant in practice Wednesday, John Lu of TSN Montreal reports.
Impact: Emelin joined P.K. Subban on the team's top pairing during drills, suggesting he could be on track to return for the Canadiens' game Thursday against the Bruins. Look for coach Michel Therrien to shed more light on Emelin's status after Thursday's morning skate.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Price was pulled in Monday's 7-1 loss to Tampa Bay after allowing four goals on 23 shots through two periods
Impact: Price is 2-1-0 this season but has allowed a combined 10 goals in the three games. He could face another opponent from this past postseason, Boston, on Thursday. Price posted a 2.04 goals-against average in the seven-game Eastern Conference semifinal series and gave up one goal in the final two contests.
News: Tokarski turned aside just 15 of 18 shots in the third period after relieving Carey Price in Monday's 7-1 loss to the Lightning.
Impact: Price was yanked in favour of Tokarski at the second intermission after allowing four goals, three of which came courtesy of Bolts superstar Steven Stamkos, who picked up his eighth career hat trick. Despite this being a rough night all around for the Habs, it was disappointing to see Tokarski fare so poorly in his second appearance of the season after he turned in a 29-save, one-goal gem against the Capitals. With that in mind, he's unlikely to get another starting nod until Price needs a rest when the Habs play on back-to-back nights.
News: Gallagher scored his first goal of the season in Monday's 7-1 loss to the Lightning.
Impact: Gally was just about the only bright spot for the Habs in the rout, as he was one of only three Canadiens -- joining linemates Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais -- to manage a plus-1 rating. Gallagher also fired two shots on net, laid two hits and spent 2:36 on the power play.
News: Price allowed four goals on just 19 shots in Monday's road loss to the Lightning. He was replaced after two periods by backup Dustin Tokarski.
Impact: After starting the season 2-0 with wins at Toronto and Philadelphia, Price was victimized by none other than sniper Steven Stamkos -- who not only scored his first goal of the season at Price's expense, but his second and third as well. Of course, we don't need to tell you that this is simply a one-off for one of the game's premier netminders, so look for Price to bounce back in a big way in Thursday's home opener at the Bell Centre against rival Boston.
News: Montreal's head coach Michel Therrien confirmed that Emelin (upper body) will miss Monday's game against Tampa Bay, the team's official site reports.
Impact: He's now missed two games to the ailment. Emelin had two assists in his first two games, but will have to be replaced in the lineup by Jarred Tinordi until he gets healthy.
News: Price will start in net Monday against the Lightning, Marc Antoine Godin of La Presse reports.
Impact: Price has allowed six goals through two games, but is 2-0-0 thanks to good offensive support from his teammates.
News: Plekanec scored again Saturday.
Impact: Plekanec had a goal and an assist and has scored four times.
Andrei Markov - #79 - Defense - 6'0" - 201lbs
News: Markov had a three-point night Saturday.
Impact: Markov had a goal and two assists for the 3-0-0 Habs.
News: Price stopped 29 shots Saturday.
Impact: Price faces the Bolts next - he was brilliant last season in a playoff sweep of Tampa so start him up.
News: Gallagher's third-period assist Saturday night was his first point of the season.
Impact: Gallagher had begun the season on the second line, but was promoted to the top unit early in the second game. It turns out the second line has been the hottest out of the gate, while the top line's been quiet. Gallagher doesn't necessarily need to score to make an impact, but the Habs will eventually need Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais and Gallagher to join in on the fun of the team's 3-0 start.
News: Pacioretty had three shots on goal in a forward-high 21:41 in Saturday night's 4-3 shootout win over the Flyers.
Impact: Pacioretty scored a goal opening night, but has been shutout the past two games. The first line has been on the ice for just two of Montreal's 10 goals so far; meanwhile, the power play, which features those first-liners, has produced bupkis in 10 opportunities. MaxPac will get his goals; be patient.
News: Galchenyuk scored his first goal of the season in Saturday night's 4-3 shootout win over the Flyers.
Impact: Galchenyuk pushed toward the net when a Tomas Plekanec shot caromed in off his skate, completing Montreal's comeback from a three-goal deficit. He has a point in all three games and is skating on Montreal's most productive line.
News: Sekac, who started Saturday night's game on the second line, was dropped to the third line for the third period of the 4-3 win over Philadelphia.
Impact: The kid has been unspectacular in his first three games, failing to register a shot or any other statistic besides an opening-night minus-1. Given that it was the Sekac-less second line that carried Montreal's comeback Saturday, we presume he'll remain on the third line with left wing Rene Bourque and center Lars Eller when the puck drops Monday against Tampa Bay.
News: Parenteau, who started Saturday night's game on the third line, was promoted to the second line with left wing Alex Galchenyuk and center Tomas Plekanec for the third period. He had an assist on Plekanec's goal and now has three helpers in his first three games with the new team.
Impact: The second line had a hand in two of Montreal's three goals and keyed a third consecutive game of last-game heroics for the 3-0 Canadiens. The Plekanec line has been Montreal's most prolific thus far, so at this time, it's a good landing spot for Parenteau.
Jarred Tinordi - #24 - Defense - 6'6" - 205lbs
News: Tinordi made his season debut Saturday night, filling in for Alexi Emelin (upper body) in a 4-3 shootout win over the Flyers.
Impact: The 6-foot-6 rookie had one first-period mistake, but played well overall, blocking four shots and doling out five hits in 15:23, including time on the PK.
News: Plekanec scored a goal for the third straight game in Saturday night's 4-3 shootout win over Philadelphia. He added an assist and two shots on net while finishing plus-2 for the evening.
Impact: Plekanec, who has scored on a ridiculous 44 percent of his shots, has four goals and an assist through three games. He and Alex Galchenyuk are forging a nice rapport on the second line.
News: Price stopped 29 of 32 shots in Saturday night's come-from-behind, 4-3 win over the Flyers.
Impact: Price was victimized by the defense for two first-period goals and gave up a power-play marker early in the second while P.K. Subban was in the box, but overall was sharp. The early stats may not indicate it -- an .898 save percentage and six goals allowed -- but Price is worth it. We presume he'll be tending the net when Montreal faces off Monday against Tampa Bay.
News: Parenteau picked up a third-period assist and then scored the winner in the shootout to deliver a come-from-behind, 4-3 win over Philadelphia on Saturday night.
Impact: This guy has been an underrated offensive player his entire career, but the move to an Original Six team that's in Canada could catapult him into prominence ... especially as a Quebec-born player. He can add value to your roster.
Andrei Markov - #79 - Defense - 6'0" - 201lbs
News: Markov orchestrated a comeback win against the Flyers on Saturday night with a goal and two assists in a 7:35 span of the third period.
Impact: The Habs were down 3-0 when Markov lit the lamp at 7:05 of the third and he then set up two more to force overtime and a shootout. He'll turn 36 in December, but he's still a solid fantasy defender.
News: Emelin will miss Saturday's game due to a lower-body injury.
Impact: Coach Michel Therrien confirmed that Emelin injured himself during Thursday's game against the Capitals, with the team labeling the rearguard as day-to-day for the time being. Emelin, who has two assists through two games, will be replaced Saturday by Jarred Tinordi.
News: Plekanec, who has three goals in the first two games, has been able to play more offensively because Manny Malhotra is taking on more of the defensive responsibilities that burdened Plekanec in recent seasons, the Montreal Gazette reports. "[Malhotra's] taken on the defensive roles that Pleky was playing and, as a coach, I'm able to use Pleky in more offensive roles, and so far it's been pretty good," said head coach Michel Therrien.
Impact: Prior to Malhotra, it was Plekanec that would take important defensive-zone faceoffs and get the load of ice time when Montreal was a man down. Now, Malhotra is able to assume some of that responsibility, freeing Plekanec to take a more offensive bent. It also helps that he's been skating with better offensive players, like Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Plekanec tied the game in the third period with his third goal of the young season, and a slow start evolved into a 2-1 shootout win for Montreal on Thursday night.
Impact: It's early, but Plekanec should at least be considered to provide depth on fantasy rosters.
News: Price will be back in goal Saturday against the Flyers, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: After ceding Thursday's start to Dustin Tokarski, Price will predictably reenter the crease for the Habs. Price struggled in his first outing of the season Wednesday against Toronto, but it probably won't be long before he returns to dominant form.
Tim Bozon - #56 - Left Wing - 6'1" - 185lbs
News: Bozon was assigned to Kootenay of the WHL on Friday.
Impact: The 20-year-old Bozon suffered a life-threatening bout with bacterial meningitis last March, but it appears he's finally ready to resume his career. He took part in the team's rookie camp and training camps in September and will attempt to make up for some lost development time with his junior club, before perhaps earning his way to AHL Hamilton later in the season.
News: Parenteau, who started Thursday night on the top line, was eventually moved to the third line with Lars Eller and Rene Bourque in Montreal's 2-1 shootout win over Washington.
Impact: This was not a reflection of Parenteau's work, but rather it was head coach Michel Therrien tweaking the lines after his team was outshot, 15-2, in the first period. Parenteau had what appeared to be a goal in the third period, but it was waved off due to Rene Bourque interfering with the goalie.
Manny Malhotra - #20 - Center - 6'2" - 217lbs
News: Malhotra won 13 of 19 faceoffs in Thursday night's 2-1 shootout win over the Capitals.
Impact: Malhotra's giving Montreal exactly what the team thought it was getting when the signed the fourth-line center. He's won 24 of 35 faceoffs through two games, including 15 of 22 in the defensive zone.
Nathan Beaulieu - #28 - Defense - 6'1" - 182lbs
News: Beaulieu registered a team-high four blocked shots in Thursday night's 2-1 shootout victory over the Capitals.
Impact: After Tom Gilbert blocked four in the season-opening win Wednesday, it was Beaulieu's turn to do the Josh Gorges impression Thursday. The Canadiens opted to move on from Gorges - one of the league's most prolific shot blockers - in the offseason and are looking for contributions like this from his replacements. Beaulieu is known more for his offensive proclivities on the blue line, but he put his body on the line for goalie Dustin Tokarski in the win.
News: Galchenyuk had two shots on net, five hits and assisted on Montreal's lone goal in Thursday night's 2-1 shootout win over the Capitals. He has an assist in each of the season's first two games.
Impact: So far, so good for Galchenyuk and Tomas Plekanec skating together on the second line. The two have worked well together through the first two games.
News: Gallagher scored a shootout goal to clinch Thursday night's 2-1 win over Washington. He had four shots on net and a hit while skating 14:40.
Impact: Gallagher's night included 4:15 on the man advantage and a promotion to the top line, replacing P.A. Parenteau, in head coach Michel Therrien's first line tweak of the season.
News: Plekanec scored Montreal's lone regulation goal in Thursday night's 2-1 shootout win over the Capitals.
Impact: Plekanec is streaking to start the season, having scored three goals in two games.
News: Tokarski stopped 29 of 30 shots to pick up the win in Thursday night's 2-1 shootout victory over Washington.
Impact: The Capitals buzzed Tokarski early and often, scoring a first-period goal and out-shooting the visitors, 15-2, at the first intermission. He kept Montreal in the game until Tomas Plekanec provided the third-period equalizer. Small sample size aside, general manager Marc Bergevin was made to look like a genius when he traded Peter Budaj in order to keep Tokarski with the big club.
News: Price made 24 saves in Montreal's 4-3 win over Toronto.
Impact: In his first game since suffering a postseason-ending injury last May, Price played all 60 minutes and picked up a win.
News: Pacioretty scored the first goal of the NHL season in Montreal's victory over Toronto.
Impact: After setting a career high with 39 goals last season - fourth-most in the NHL - Pacioretty is hot out of the gate again.
News: Subban scored in Montreal's season opening victory over Toronto.
Impact: The former Norris Trophy winner scored in the third period to put the Canadiens ahead 3-2. Subban netted 10 goals last season and now has 12 career third period goals.
News: Plekanec scored two goals in Montreal's season opener.
Impact: Having already scored in the second period, Plekanec banked a shot off Toronto defenseman Stuart Percy's skate with 43 seconds left in the third to give Montreal a 4-3 victory. He has scored 20 or more goals in six of the past eight seasons.
Tom Gilbert - #77 - Defense - 6'3" - 210lbs
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gilbert made his debut in a Canadiens uniform in Wednesday night's win over Toronto. He had four blocked shots, two hits and four minutes in penalties while finishing a plus-1 in 22:29 of ice time.
Impact: Gilbert is the replacement for Josh Gorges as one of the Habs' top-four blue-liners. If he continues to block four shots a game, the Montreal faithful will not notice a difference. One other note, Gilbert skated 1:01 on the second-unit power play.
News: Desharnais had an assist and two shots on goal in Wednesday night's win over Toronto. He won eight of 15 faceoffs and was plus-2 in 17:19 of ice time.
Impact: It was a typically smart game from Montreal's top-line center. Desharnais takes care of the puck, is a deft passer and knows when the shot is there for himself. His line, which included left winger Max Pacioretty and right winger P.A. Parenteau, accounted for four points (one goal, three assists).
News: Subban scored a goal, took five shots on net, blocked three shots and had two hits in Wednesday night's 4-3 win over the Maple Leafs.
Impact: Subban, wearing an "A" on his jersey for the first time in his career, had 25:45 of ice time, which included 3:23 on the power play and 1:58 on the penalty kill.
News: Emelin had two assists in Wednesday night's 4-3 win over Toronto. He added three blocked shots and three hits in 21:50 of plus-2 hockey.
Impact: For a brief spell during the game, Emelin was Montreal's leading scorer after assisting on the team's first two goals. He and his partner on defense, P.K. Subban, are a bit out of synch at this stage, but there's time for that to develop.
News: Galchenyuk had one shot on goal and assisted on Tomas Plekanec's game-winner in Wednesday night's 4-3 victory over the Maple Leafs. He logged 14 minutes of action, including 2:01 on the power play.
Impact: The newly-minted second line featuring Galchenyuk at left wing, Plekanec at center and Brendan Gallagher at right wing led the Canadiens with nine shots and three points. The Habs are looking for the 20-year-old to take another developmental step this season, and opening night provided a glimpse of that.
News: Sekac made his debut with the Canadiens on Wednesday night, skating 12:13 in a 4-3 win over the Maple Leafs.
Impact: It was a quiet night for the kid from the Czech Repulic, who didn't get off a shot and was minus-1 while skating as the third-line right winger.
Lars Eller - #81 - Center - 6'2" - 209lbs
News: Eller (lower body) played 14:28 in the Wednesday night's season-opening win over the Maple Leafs. He had two shots on goal, two blocked shots and won seven of 13 faceoffs.
Impact: Eller had missed a significant amount of time in the preseason due to a lower-body injury, including the final two preseason games. He centered the third line between Rene Bourque and newcomer Jiri Sekac.
News: Parenteau picked up two assists in Wednesday's win over the Maple Leafs.
Impact: Parenteau got off to a hot start with his new team, collecting two assists in the win. His role as a top-line winger could give him a boost in offensive production that he never had while with the Avalanche.
News: Plekanec potted a pair of goals in Wednesday's win over the Maple Leafs.
Impact: Plekanec got off to a hot start Wednesday night, as his two tallies powered the Habs to a victory over the Maple Leafs. His second goal came at the 19:17 mark of the third period to break the tie and earn him a mark in the GWG column.
News: Price allowed three goals on 27 shots in Wednesday's win over the Maple Leafs.
Impact: Price didn't have his best performance Wednesday, but after a strong showing in the preseason, there's no reason for alarm for fantasy owners. Backup netminder Dustin Tokarski will get the start Thursday against the Capitals, but that's pretty standard procedure for teams with games on back-to-back nights.
News: Tokarski will get the starting nod for Thursday's game against the Capitals, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Impact: Rather than using Carey Price on back-to-back nights right out of the gate, coach Michel Therrien will give his No. 1 netminder an early-season breather. The starts Tokarski receives this season will likely be limited primarily to these types of back-to-back scenarios, as Price is expected to shoulder one of the heaviest workloads in the league. While Tokarski could enjoy some usefulness in daily formats when he's announced as the starter on a given night, he's unlikely to provide as much value in shallower season-long leagues.
News: Bournival is expected to be a healthy scratch for Wednesday's game against the Maple Leafs, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Impact: Bournival is coming off a rather quiet rookie season (seven goals, 14 points in 60 games) and it doesn't look like the Canadiens have established a regular role for him yet. On the nights he's not a healthy scratch, expect him to see usage with multiple line combinations, as coach Michel Therrien looks to determine where the young center fits in best.
News: Price will receive the start in Wednesday's opener against the Maple Leafs.
Impact: The Leafs were one of the few teams to get the better of Price last season, as the netminder went 2-2-0 with a 3.28 GAA and .906 save percentage over four appearances against Toronto. It's probably wise for fantasy owners to chalk it up to small sample size and embrace Price's excellent overall body of work on the season, which he'll look to replicate again in 2014-15. He's a must-start any time he takes the ice.
Sun. Oct 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Tokarski got good news this weekend.
Impact: The Montreal Canadiens have traded goaltender Peter Budaj to the Winnipeg Jets for forward Eric Tangradi. By dealing Budaj, the Canadiens opted to keep Tokarski as Carey Price's backup after the 25-year-old played well in last year's Eastern Conference final against the New York Rangers. Tokarski would have had to go on waivers if the Habs didn't keep him in the NHL.
Eric Tangradi - #27 - Left Wing - 6'4" - 221lbs
Sun. Oct 5, 2014 | STATS
News: The Montreal Canadiens have traded goaltender Peter Budaj to the Winnipeg Jets for forward Eric Tangradi.
Impact: Tangradi previously cleared waivers and didn't appear to be in the Jets' plans.