Montreal Canadiens Player News: All Positions

News: Sklenicka and the Canadiens have mutually agreed to terminate his contract and he will now play in the KHL, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: Sklenicka registered three points over seven games with AHL Laval but has opted to return overseas to continue his hockey career. He could return to the NHL system down the road, though it's far from a guarantee.
News: Hudon was demoted to AHL Laval on Saturday, Arpon Basu of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Canadiens have been sending Hudon down on off days to preserve cap space, so expect him to be recalled ahead of the team's next game Tuesday in Pittsburgh, as Montreal only has 11 healthy forwards on the roster.
News: Danault had an assist, three shots, one hit and one blocked shot in Friday's 2-1 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Danault is one of the hotter Canadiens right now, riding a point-per-game pace over the last 13 contests, fueled mostly by his passing skills. He has assists in three straight and 11 helpers in the last 13, tying him for the team lead with 16 assists.
News: Gallagher scored a goal on four shots and added a hit in Friday's 2-1 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Gallagher finished off an odd-man rush, redirecting a feed from Phillip Danault to score the game's first goal midway through the first period. It was Gallagher's team-leading 13th goal, and he has goals in each of Montreal's last three games.
News: Leskinen had four hits and was minus-1 over 10:58 of ice time in Friday's 2-1 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Leskinen, who was called up from AHL Laval, performed well in a limited role in his NHL debut Thursday, but he misplayed a pass in the offensive zone that led to Brendan Smith's goal early in the second period Friday. On some nights, Montreal head coach Claude Julien might cut back on a young player's ice time, but the coach needed Leskinen to take regular shifts on the second night of a back-to-back set. Julien appears reluctant to hand a full-time starter job to veteran Mike Reilly, so Leskinen may be a regular on the third pair until Victor Mete (ankle) is ready to skate.
News: Cousins had an assist with three shots on goal, one hit and one blocked shot in Friday's 2-1 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Head coach Claude Julien made some line adjustments following an injury to third-line center Jesperi Kotkaniemi (concussion) sustained in Thursday's loss to Colorado. Part of those adjustments was to promote Cousins from the fourth line to the third line, and he registered the primary assist on Nate Thompson's game-winning goal late in the third period. After a flurry of offensive activity when he first returned from a back injury, Cousins had a stretch of 11 games without a point, but he has rebounded with points in the last two games.
News: Suzuki lined up at center on the third line and had an assist in Friday's 2-1 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Suzuki was moved from second-line wing to third-line center as the replacement for the injured Jesperi Kotkaniemi (concussion). The Canadiens see Suzuki as a center long term, but the rookie has experienced growing pains in the faceoff circle. He was good Friday, winning five of eight draws while assisting on Nate Thompson's game-winning goal with 1:07 to play. The offensively gifted Suzuki hasn't scored a goal in eight games but has five assists during that span.
News: Price allowed one goal on 30 shots in a 2-1 victory over the Rangers on Friday.
Impact: The 32-year-old snapped a six-game losing streak Monday and has now strung together two consecutive wins. Price is hovering above .500 with his record, but he leads the league with 71 goals allowed. He is 12-9-3 with a 3.04 GAA and .902 save percentage in 24 games this season.
News: McShane scored twice and added an assist in OHL Oshawa's 5-4 shootout loss to Kingston on Thursday.
Impact: McShane continues to be a serviceable OHL player, but he has yet to take the significant offensive step forward the Habs have been seeking. His numbers (11 goals, 29 points in 26 games), while fine, are right in line with last season and a tad underwhelming for a fourth-year player in the league. Montreal invested a fourth-rounder (97th overall) in McShane in 2018.
News: Chiarot had three shots, three hits, a minor penalty and finished minus-1 over 28:54 of ice time in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Avalanche.
Impact: Chiarot has seen his ice time spike over the last week, as he's averaging 29:04 over the last four games. Head coach Claude Julien has been working him, Shea Weber and Jeff Petry heavily in the wake of an injury to Victor Mete (ankle). The 28-year-old is pointless in his last six games but is executing in other areas with 19 hits and 13 blocked shots during that span.
News: Domi had a power-play assist and two shots on goal in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Avalanche.
Impact: Domi snapped a three-game pointless streak when he set up Nick Cousins in the third period to bring the Habs within a goal. It was his sixth assist and seventh point on the power play. The five-year veteran has just six goals and 12 assists through 29 games, well off the career pace he established last season when he had 28 goals and 72 points.
News: Gallagher scored a goal on five shots and had two hits in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Avalanche.
Impact: Montreal trailed 3-0 late in the second period when Gallagher potted his 12th goal -- his second in as many games -- to begin a rally that eventually fell short. The top-line winger has recorded four points (three goals, one assist) and 25 shots over the last five contests. Gallagher also ranks eighth in the NHL with 3.8 shots per game.
News: Primeau allowed three goals on 35 shots in a 3-2 loss to Colorado on Thursday.
Impact: Despite being credited with a loss, Primeau's debut came with a lot of positives. He appeared calm and poised for the better part of 60 minutes and made several big saves to keep the Canadiens within striking distance after going down 3-0. Primeau will continue to serve as Montreal's backup option in goal as long as Keith Kinkaid remains with AHL Laval where the team hopes the veteran netminder can regain some confidence following his early-season struggles.
News: Cousins scored a power-play goal in the third period to make the game interesting, but Montreal fell 3-2 to the Avalanche on Thursday.
Impact: Cousins cut the lead to one early in the third period, but Montreal failed to score the rest of the way and has now lost eight of its last nine games. Prior to scoring against the Avalanche, Cousins had gone 16 games without a goal, his last one coming back on Oct. 30. Even in a power-play role, he is a risky play most nights in fantasy.
News: Kotkaniemi (concussion) won't travel with the team for Friday's game against the Rangers, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: Kotkaniemi suffered the injury on a hit from Nikita Zadorov in the first period of Thursday's game and didn't return. With the Finn sidelined for Friday's game, he'll likely be re-evaluated on a day-to-day basis prior to Tuesday's clash in Pittsburgh. The Canadiens aren't expected to call up a forward in Kotkaniemi's stead, meaning Charles Hudon will be in line to draw into the lineup Friday.
News: Kotkaniemi (upper body) won't return to Thursday's game against the Avalanche.
Impact: Kotkaniemi was on the wrong end of a big hit dished out by Nikita Zadarov in the first period, and he was visibly shaken up on his way to the dressing room. The Canadiens will face a back-to-back in New York on Friday, so expect the team to have a report on the Finn's status before the game. Montreal will be down to 11 forwards for the remainder of the game, and look for Phillip Danault to likely get a bump to the second power-play unit.
News: Price will be between the pipes Friday when the Canadiens face the Rangers at Madison Square Garden, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: Price broke a streak of tough starts Tuesday versus the Islanders, picking up his 11th win of the campaign after six straight losses. He will take the night off for the front end of the Thursday and Friday back-to-back set but will return to the net Friday to face a New York squad that lit him up for six goals Nov. 23.
News: Primeau will make his NHL debut in Thursday's home matchup with Colorado.
Impact: Primeau is in his first professional season since leaving Northeastern University. With AHL Laval, the 20-year-old posted a 7-4-1 record with a .910 save percentage and one shutout. If the New Jersey native can perform well in his debut, he could cement himself as the No. 2 option behind Carey Price.
News: Lindgren stopped 26 of 28 shots for AHL Laval in Wednesday's 3-2 win over Cleveland.
Impact: Lindgren started the Rocket's first game after the Canadiens called up Cayden Primeau and demoted Keith Kinkaid. Lindgren got off to a shaky start this season but has righted himself over the last two weeks. The Canadiens have two back-to-back sets coming up in the next week, so Primeau, who is considered the future for Montreal, should see action immediately. If the NHL proves to be too much for the 20-year-old, Lindgren, who has a smattering of NHL experience (18 games), could be in line for a promotion.
News: Kinkaid cleared waivers and was assigned to AHL Laval, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Impact: Kinkaid practiced with the Rocket for the first time Wednesday morning, but Charlie Lindgren was in goal Wednesday night when Laval beat Cleveland, 3-2. Kinkaid was 1-1-3 with a 4.24 GAA and .875 save percentage while with Montreal. Clearly, he was not performing at a level the Canadiens needed from a backup goalie.
News: The Canadiens recalled Leskinen from AHL Laval on Wednesday.
Impact: Leskinen signed with the Canadiens in May after spending the last four years in the Finnish Hockey League. The 22-year-old has adjusted well to the North American game with 12 points through 24 AHL contests. Since Victor Mete (ankle) is on IR, Leskinen will serve as the seventh defenseman going forward.
News: Domi finished Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Islanders with five shots on goal.
Impact: Domi has two goals and six points in his previous 15 games dating back to Nov. 2. The 24-year-old is looking to improve on his 72-point season from a year ago, but recent struggles have caused Domi's shooting percentage to dip below 10 (8.3). If he's going to match his production level from 2018-19, Domi needs to start converting on more of his chances.
News: Olofsson was reassigned to AHL Laval on Wednesday.
Impact: Olofsson averaged a mere 8:06 of ice time in three games with the Habs, so it shouldn't come as a surprise to see him headed back to the minors, where he should log big minutes for the Rocket against AHL Cleveland on Wednesday. With Victor Mete (ankle) still on the shelf, Olofsson figures to be recalled ahead of the Habs' clash with Colorado on Thursday.
News: Suzuki had an assist and four shots in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Islanders.
Impact: Suzuki won just three of 10 faceoffs, including one of six in the offensive zone, but his clean win inside the Islanders' blue line early in the third period led directly to Jeff Petry's game-winning goal. The rookie is getting ample ice time (14:26 TOI/G) and opportunities to improve his technique at the dot, which should hasten his development. Suzuki has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) over 28 games.
News: Hudon was not in the active lineup for Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Islanders.
Impact: Hudon had appeared in eight straight games -- all Montreal losses -- before Tuesday's healthy scratch. He certainly was not the reason for the Canadiens' eight-game losing streak, but he accomplished little during his time in the active lineup. Matthew Peca was called up from AHL Laval earlier in the day and took Hudon's spot.
News: Thompson had an assist, one shot, one hit and one blocked shot over 13:23 of ice time in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Islanders.
Impact: Thompson won a defensive-zone faceoff late in the third period, leading to Shea Weber's empty-net goal that sealed the Canadiens' first win in nine games. The assist was Thompson's first point in nine games, befitting the limited fantasy value he holds as the team's fourth-line center. The Alaska native has eight points and 29 shots in 28 games.
News: Peca had one shot and one hit over 9:08 of ice time in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Islanders.
Impact: Peca was called up from AHL Laval earlier in the day and took Charles Hudon's spot on the active roster. He skated on the fourth line and helped set up a scoring chance for Nate Thompson late in the first period. While Jonathan Drouin (wrist) and Paul Byron (knee) are sidelined, forwards like Peca and Hudon will fill out the roster most nights but with very little fantasy expectation.
News: Petry scored a goal on two shots along with three hits, five blocked shots and a minor penalty in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Islanders.
Impact: Following an offensive-zone faceoff win by rookie Nick Suzuki, Petry fired a harmless wrister that eluded Thomas Greiss for the game-winning goal. It was Petry's first goal in 22 games and just the third of the season. With 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) through 28 games, Petry is angling for his third consecutive 40-point season.
News: Weber finished Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Islanders with two points.
Impact: Weber's first point of the evening came in the form of a primary assist on Brendan Gallagher's 11th goal of the season, one that gave the Canadiens a 2-0 lead. After an empty-net goal, Weber now has 23 points in 28 games in 2019-20.
News: Danault scored a goal and tallied an assist, finishing with two points in a 4-2 win over the Islanders on Tuesday.
Impact: In the final moments of the first period, with exactly "0.1" on the clock, Danault lit the lamp, scoring on a frantic two-on-one to give Montreal a 1-0 lead. Tuesday's performance put Danault over 20 points, and the first-line center is hoping to improve on what was a career-best 53-point 2018-19 campaign.
News: Price stopped 21 of 23 shots in Tuesday's 4-2 home win over the Islanders.
Impact: It's hard to believe, but Tuesday's win was Price's first victory since Nov. 15, as the Canadiens had lost their previous eight games. Price's season record is now a modest 11-9-3. Montreal will now host the Avalanche on Tuesday before playing back-to-back games on the road Thursday and Friday. Expect Price to start two of those contests.
News: Gallagher scored a goal and added an assist Tuesday, finishing a 4-2 win over the Islanders with two points.
Impact: Gallagher's performance helped Montreal pick up its first win in nine games, giving the Original Six franchise its first win since Nov. 15. The five-foot-nine winger is looking to record his third straight season with 50 or more points and, through 28 games, is on pace to hit 60 for the first time in his career. Gallagher's six shots on net were a game high.
News: Price will start between the pipes for Tuesday's home game against the Islanders, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: Price has hit a rough patch during the 2019-20 campaign, going 0-5-1 along with a 4.90 GAA and .840 save percentage in his last six appearances. He'll have to make every save count Tuesday, as the Islanders offense ranks last in the league in shots for per game this season (28.2).
News: Primeau was promoted from AHL Laval on Monday.
Impact: The Canadiens waived Keith Kinkaid on Monday so Primeau will be Carey Price's new backup. After two strong years at Northeastern University, the 20-year-old has registered a 2.58 GAA and .910 save percentage with AHL Laval this season.
News: Peca was recalled from AHL Laval on Monday.
Impact: Peca will likely serve as an extra forward for the Canadiens, but he could slide into the lineup if coach Claude Julien grows unhappy with another player's performance. He has 17 points in 59 career NHL appearances.
News: The Canadiens waived Kinkaid on Monday.
Impact: Kinkaid has struggled brutally in the blue paint this year, recording an .875 save percentage and 4.24 GAA en route to a 1-1-3 record. This follows the putrid 2018-19 season where he posted .891 and 3.36 marks, respectively, over 41 games with the Devils. The 30-year-old netminder carries a $1.75 million AAV contract that expires at the end of the season. If Kinkaid clears waivers, he'll land in AHL Laval. Cayden Primeau and Charlie Lindgren are currently toiling with Laval and are candidates to be Carey Price's backup unless the team explores outside options.
News: Mete (ankle) is out for at least two weeks, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: Mete exited Saturday's loss to the Flyers with what was reported as a lower-body injury after blocking a shot, but the team revealed additional details. The 21-year-old has recorded eight points through 26 games, proving his development since it took him until February to achieve the feat last season. The Canadiens still have seven healthy defensemen on the roster. Mete will eventually land on IR with his first chance to return Dec. 17 against the Canucks.
News: Thompson did not record a point but did dish out two hits in a 3-1 loss to Boston on Sunday.
Impact: The veteran has not found the points column since Nov. 15, making it very difficult to trust Thompson in a fantasy sense. The 35-year-old only has managed to produce seven points in 27 appearances in 2019-20.
News: Price turned away 31 of 34 shots in Sunday's 3-1 loss to Boston.
Impact: Montreal's netminder is winless in his last six starts, with Price's record moving to 10-9-3 following Sunday's loss. His last win came back on Nov. 15, so it may be time to bench Price in favor of another goalie who plays behind a more reliable team. While no official announcement has been made, expect Price to start Tuesday's home game versus the Islanders, who will be playing their second game in as many nights.
News: Armia scored his team's only goal in a 3-1 loss to the Bruins on Sunday.
Impact: Armia's 10th goal of the season opened the scoring at TD Garden, but the Bruins scored three unanswered goals in the third period to hand Montreal its eighth straight defeat. Amidst his team's struggles, Armia has been playing some of his best hockey and now has scored in three straight games.
News: Parisi was given a tryout by AHL Belleville, but was released from his PTO on Sunday.
Impact: Parisi played in two games for the B-Sens, but will now return to ECHL South Carolina. At 26 years old, it seems clear that he's not a prospect, and he can be safely ignored in all formats.
News: Olofsson made his Montreal debut Saturday, recording one shot and three blocked shots while finishing minus-2 over 11:16 of ice time in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Flyers.
Impact: Olofsson is a recent call-up from AHL Laval to help out a beleaguered blue line, which suffered an injury Saturday when Victor Mete (lower body) was forced to leave the game. Olofsson will remain with the Canadiens for now but will likely serve as part of the third defensive pairing or as a spare part. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Olofsson played 56 games over three seasons with the Wild, posting 0-11-11 totals.
News: Armia scored a goal on nine shots along with four hits in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Flyers.
Impact: Armia potted his ninth goal just 19 seconds into the game. The 6-foot-4, 213-pound winger was dominant at times, the type of game that had reporters asking head coach Claude Julien why Armia doesn't show this side more often. "When he decides to dominate a game, he's certainly capable of doing it," Julien told Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette after the game. "He almost won it for us there in the last few seconds. He's so strong on the puck and he's got good hands and he's got a great shot. So we need him right now to be that player on a nightly basis. So hopefully he builds off of that." Armia has 14 points through 24 games, putting him on pace to better his career high of 29 points in 79 games with the Jets in 2017-18.
News: Price will start against the Bruins on Sunday, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Impact: Price enters Sunday's game 0-4-1 in the last five starts with a 5.34 goals-against average and .822 save percentage. One of those losses was an 8-1 loss to Boston at home. Sunday's game is on the road in Boston where Price has a .919 save percentage and 2.55 GAA.
News: Kinkaid made 25 saves in a 4-3 overtime loss to Philadelphia on Saturday.
Impact: Kinkaid can't catch a break, but his play hasn't been strong, either. Bottom line is clear -- the Habs are struggling no matter who's in net, but Kinkaid is no Carey Price. We just can't recommend him right now.
News: Tatar scored twice Saturday in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Flyers.
Impact: Tatar's best season came last year (58 points), but the Slovak could eclipse that mark this season. He has 24 points, including nine goals, in 26 games and that leads the Habs in scoring. Tatar's shooting percentage is right in line with his career mark, so that reduces worries that a regression is on the horizon. Enjoy his success.
News: Mete (lower body) won't make the trip to Boston for Sunday's matchup with the Bruins, Arpon Basu of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Canadiens have yet to release any details regarding the severity of Mete's lower-body injury, but he'll miss Sunday's game at a minimum. Brett Kulak or Mike Reilly will replace Mete in the lineup against Boston.
News: Mete left Saturday's game against Philadelphia with a lower-body injury and will not return, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Impact: Mete was able to record an assist before departing the game. He was a plus-1 in 8:24 of ice time. After the Flyers, Montreal travels to Boston to face the Bruins on Sunday, so it'll be tough for Mete to recover in time to face the Canadiens' most storied rival in a back-to-back scenario.
News: Keith Kinkaid will start against the Flyers on Saturday, contradicting a previous report stating Price would protect the home net, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Impact: Price has dropped five straight outings and posted an .822 save percentage in the process, and he'll watch from the bench on the first half of back-to-back games. The veteran netminder will likely get the nod Sunday against the Bruins.
News: Kinkaid will protect the home net in Saturday's matchup against the Flyers, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Impact: Kinkaid gets the call on the first half of back-to-back contest, as Carey Price will likely take on the Bruins on Sunday. The 30-year-old has struggled immensely this season, posting an .877 save percentage and 4.30 GAA over five appearances. Kinkaid is a high-risk fantasy play no matter who the opponent is, but it helps that Philly is tied for 23rd with 2.46 goals per road contest.
News: Price is listed as a "player to watch" in Sean Farrell's NHL.com game preview, indicating he'll get the start in goal in Saturday's home game against Philadelphia.
Impact: Price has struggled immensely of late, suffering three straight losses while posting an atrocious 6.96 GAA and .797 save percentage. The 32-year-old netminder will look to start righting the ship in a home matchup with a hot Flyers team that's won three consecutive contests.
News: Drouin (wrist) has received medical clearance to begin riding a stationary bike, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Impact: Drouin, who met with assembled media Friday for the first time since undergoing surgery on his left wrist, had been restricted from working up a sweat for fear of infection. He's not sure when he can start skating again. Drouin's initial prognosis was set for eight weeks, putting him on a tentative schedule to return mid-January.
News: Byron (knee) was placed on injured reserve Friday.
Impact: Byron is still targeting a mid-December return, but this move grants the Canadiens an extra spot on the roster. They used that roster spot to call up Gustav Olofsson from the AHL in a corresponding move.
News: Olofsson was recalled from AHL Laval on Friday.
Impact: The Canadiens placed Paul Byron on injured reserve in a corresponding move. It remains to be seen whether Olofsson will crack the lineup or simply serves as roster depth. Given the recent poor play of the defense, it would not be surprising to see Olofsson given a shot to play in one of the two games this weekend.
News: Petry had an assist, one shot, two hits, one blocked shot and a minor penalty in Thursday's 6-4 loss to the Devils.
Impact: Petry's had a rough go of it during Montreal's six-game losing streak. The 31-year-old defenseman has three assists during the slump, but his minus-8 hints at the defensive breakdowns that have been the root cause of the slump. Goalie Carey Price has been able to bail out his defensemen in previous years, but that is not happening in 2019-20.
News: Kulak returned to the active lineup Thursday after being a healthy scratch for two games. He had one hit and was minus-3 in a 6-4 loss to the Devils.
Impact: Kulak had a rough night and was the culprit on one New Jersey score, getting caught up ice on a 2-on-1 rush that Travis Zajac converted for the Devils' second goal. Kulak ended up with a defenseman-low 11:38 of ice time.
News: Fleury was a healthy scratch Thursday because head coach Claude Julien wanted to give the rookie a break, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Impact: Julien said Fleury had a tough game against the Bruins on Tuesday -- who didn't in Montreal's 8-1 loss? -- so he reinserted Brett Kulak. Those who have grown accustomed to using Fleury for his physical style -- the 20-year-old has 53 hits over 19 games -- may not have to wait too long for him to be back in the lineup. Kulak finished at minus-3 and got caught up ice on at least one odd-man rush that led to a New Jersey goal.
News: Reilly had an assist, three shots, one hit, one block and a minor penalty while finishing plus-1 in Thursday's 6-4 loss to the Devils.
Impact: On a night when Montreal's blueliners gave up multiple odd-man rushes, Reilly acquitted himself well. He set up Montreal's fourth goal, showing patience and vision while circling the net before finding Artturi Lehkonen's stick trough traffic. It was the second assist in the last three games for Reilly. After a six-game run as a healthy scratch, Reilly has been in the active lineup the last three games and received ice time on the power play.
News: Lehkonen scored a goal on three shots along with two hits and one blocked shot in Thursday's 6-4 loss to the Devils.
Impact: Lehkonen's third-period marker completed a team-wide hat trick for the Finns on the roster; Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Joel Armia scored earlier in the game. While the Canadiens are dealing with a six-game losing streak, Lehkonen is enjoying his most productive stretch of the season. He's potted four goals and has one assist in the last five games. The Habs are looking for their secondary scorers to step up in the wake of injuries to Jonathan Drouin (wrist) and Paul Byron (knee), and Lehkonen has responded. The 24-year-old forward has scored on four of his 15 shots (26.7 percent) during the five-game run and stands at 11.3 percent for the season.
News: Armia scored a goal on five shots along with one hit and a minor penalty in Thursday's 6-4 loss to New Jersey.
Impact: In a back-and-forth affair at Bell Centre, Armia tied the game, 3-3, midway through the second period with a wicked wrist shot. It was his eighth goal of the season but just the second over the last 14 games.
News: Gallagher scored a goal on seven shots with three hits in Thursday's 6-4 loss to the Devils.
Impact: Gallagher redirected a Phillip Danault setup and doggedly stayed on the puck after an initial save to bang home Montreal's first goal. It was Gallagher's team-leading 10th goal of the season, snapping a four-game run without one. Montreal is currently coping with a six-game losing streak, and Gallagher seems intent on shooting the Habs out of the slump. He's fired 15 shots toward the net in the last two games.
News: Kotkaniemi scored a goal and collected an assist in Thursday's 6-4 loss to the Devils.
Impact: Kotkaniemi hadn't found the scoresheet since returning from a groin injury that caused him to miss seven games, but he found it twice against New Jersey and now has five points in 18 games played in 2019-20. Considering the two points were Kotkaniemi's first since Oct. 19, the 19-year-old is not to be trusted in fantasy and should remain on your bench until he's able to introduce more consistency into his game. Kotkaniemi also dished out three hits in what was Montreal's sixth consecutive loss.
News: Price allowed half a dozen goals on 34 shots in Thursday's 6-4 home loss to the Devils.
Impact: Price made several spectacular saves Thursday, including a diving glove stop that kept Montreal within striking distance, but the six goals against mean Price has now allowed 16 goals on his last 79 shots, giving the Canadiens' prized netminder an underwhelming .797 save percentage over his last three contests, all regulation losses. The 32-year-old has not won a game since Nov. 15 and owns a 10-8-3 record this season.
News: Price will start between the pipes in Thursday's home game against New Jersey.
Impact: Price was terrible in his last start Tuesday against the Bruins, surrendering five goals on 11 shots before being pulled in an embarrassing 8-1 loss at home. The veteran netminder will try to shake off that poor performance and pick up his 11th win of the season in a home matchup with a Devils team that's 4-6 on the road this year.
News: Price put in extra work prior to Wednesday's practice session, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Impact: Price could use the additional work after giving up five goals on 11 shots in Tuesday's loss to the Bruins. He has allowed 11 goals over the last 31 shots. Goalie coach Stéphane Waite had Price focus on his lateral movement, while also putting the goalie through workouts designed to keep his body tight when making saves. The Canadiens are expected to start Price on Thursday at home against New Jersey.
News: Juulsen won't travel to Belleville with the rest of AHL Laval because he's staying behind to see a migraine specialist, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: It appears that the headaches that Juulsen has suffered from since being hit in the face by a puck last year have returned. He missed nearly a year due to the aftermath of the facial injuries but had been playing regularly at the minor-league level to start the 2019-20 campaign.
News: The Canadiens assigned Folin to AHL Laval for conditioning purposes Wednesday.
Impact: Folin has sat as a healthy scratch for 16 consecutive contests, so he'll head to the minors to play himself back into game shape after a lengthy layoff. It wouldn't be surprising to see the 28-year-old remain with Laval for the full two weeks that is permitted for conditioning assignments.
News: Gallagher had an assist and eight shots on net in Tuesday's 8-1 loss to the Bruins.
Impact: Gallagher recorded his ninth assist when he helped Montreal even the score at one apiece in the first period. And that was that for the Canadiens, who outshot the Bruins, 13-8, in the first period but were down 3-1 entering the first intermission. The rest of the game was sloppy, but Gallagher is not one to give up and kept firing missives. The eight shots were a season high, and Gallagher leads Montreal by a wide margin with 86.
News: Tatar had an assist, two shots and blocked one shot in Tuesday's 8-1 loss to the Bruins.
Impact: Tatar snapped a three-game pointless streak, his longest such stretch of the season, with a secondary assist on Montreal's lone goal. He's back on the top line, replacing the injured Jonathan Drouin (wrist), but line combinations could change ahead of Thursday's game against New Jersey. The Canadiens have lost five straight, including the last two in embarrassing fashion.
News: Weber scored a goal on two shots and added a hit in Tuesday's 8-1 loss to the Bruins.
Impact: Weber tied the game at one apiece midway through the first period, but that was it for the Canadiens, who were embarrassed by their division rival at Bell Centre. It was the second straight game with a goal for Weber, who has six over the last nine games.
News: Kinkaid allowed three goals on 12 shots in almost 39 minutes of relief during an 8-1 loss to the Bruins on Tuesday.
Impact: The 30-year-old didn't receive a lot of work in his nearly two periods of playing time, but the Bruins still did a number on him, beating him for three goals. While that resulted in a poor save percentage, this was the first time this season where Kinkaid didn't yield at least four goals. He is 1-1-2 with an .877 save percentage and 4.29 GAA in five appearances this season.
News: Price allowed five goals on 11 shots in just a little over a period before getting pulled in an 8-1 loss to the Bruins on Tuesday.
Impact: The 32-year-old's struggles continued Tuesday with his fourth straight loss. Price has allowed 18 goals during the losing streak, including 11 in the last two defeats. This losing streak has absolutely crushed Price's totals. He is 10-7-3 with a .900 save percentage and a 3.09 GAA this season.
News: Hudon was promoted from AHL Laval and is back up with the Habs, per the NHL media site.
Impact: Hudon's brief demotion was likely a paper transaction, as the team never officially announced the move. The Quebec native should be a near lock for a spot in the lineup while Paul Byron (knee) and Jonathan Drouin (wrist) remain on the shelf.
News: Price is in line to start between the pipes in Tuesday's home game against the Bruins, Jean-Francois Chaumont of Le Journal de Montreal reports.
Impact: Price didn't play well his last time out, surrendering six goals on 34 shots en route to a 6-5 loss to the Rangers on Saturday. The 32-year-old backstop will try to bounce back and pick up his 11th win of the campaign in a tough home matchup with a hot Boston club that's won three straight games.
News: Canadiens head coach Claude Julien said Kotkaniemi's confidence has been shaken amid early season struggles, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports. "He's frustrated because he wants to do well," Julien said about Kotkaniemi. "His confidence is not where it should be because, obviously, we see a different player right now than we've seen in the past."
Impact: In 16 games this season, Kotkaniemi has just three points (two goals, one assists) and is minus-3 while averaging 12:48 of ice time and winning 43 percent of his faceoffs. The 19-year-old is coming off a bad night, when he was on the ice for the Rangers' game-winning goal in overtime that completed their comeback from a four-goal deficit. Preceding the goal, he iced the puck then lost a defensive-zone faceoff. Julien's comments following the game may be contributing to Kotkaniemi's confidence problem. "You look at the winning goal," the coach said after the game. "We got a young player ... a young player who's only 19 (Kotkaniemi). He ices the puck, forces a play and he loses a draw clean and it ends up in the back of your net. Those are costly mistakes. Those guys have to learn, whether they're 19 or 30." Kotkaniemi is expected to line up at center on the third line as usual when Montreal hosts Boston on Tuesday.
News: The Canadiens assigned Hudon to AHL Laval on Sunday, TSN reports.
Impact: Hudon notched his first point of the season Saturday night against the Rangers. Moving Hudon down leaves only 11 healthy forwards on Montreal's roster, so they'll likely need to recall another player before Tuesday's divisional showdown against the Bruins.
News: Reilly had an assist, five shots and one hit in Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Rangers.
Impact: Reilly was active for the first time in seven games, replacing Brett Kulak, and had a season-high 16:55 of ice time, which included 5:58 of ice time on the first power-play unit. He provides a greater offensive element than Kulak, which can be seen in his shots and head coach Claude Julien's decision to have him on the power play, but it's unclear if Reilly will continue to be a regular starter.
News: Hudon had one assist, one shot and finished minus-3 in Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Rangers.
Impact: Hudon moved up to the third line for the game and had a season-high 12:49 of ice time, which included 3:52 on the second power-play unit. Other than his assist Saturday, Hudon has not moved the needle much in four games with Montreal this season.
News: Suzuki had two assists, three shots and a blocked shot in Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Rangers.
Impact: On a night when the Canadiens blew a four-goal lead, extended their losing streak to four games and failed to get a point at home, they can take solace in a second-line combination that produced four goals. Suzuki moved from center to wing, switching spots with Max Domi, and they were joined by Artturi Lehkonen. The 20-year-old rookie is enjoying his time on the second line, having registered four points (two goals, two assists) in the four games since moving up from the third line.
News: Chiarot had two assists, a shot on goal, two hits and a minor penalty in Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Rangers.
Impact: As has been head coach Claude Julien's inclination, he moved Chiarot up from the second defensive pairing to the top pair alongside Shea Weber. Chiarot's recorded two points in each of the three games that he's been paired with Weber. The 28-year-old blueliner has 10 points through 23 games, threatening his previous career high of 20 points in 78 games last season with the Jets.
News: Weber had a goal on five shots with two hits and three blocked shots in a season-high 28:39 of ice time in Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Rangers.
Impact: Canadiens head coach Claude Julien has managed the 34-year-old Weber's ice time, but the coach needed the captain on a night that grew increasingly haywire. Montreal blew a 4-0 second-period lead and a 5-3 third-period lead at home. Weber has not lost his scoring touch after a pair of injury-marred seasons; he's amassed 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) over his last 17 games.
News: Lehkonen scored twice and added an assist in Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Rangers.
Impact: He was absolutely flying alongside Max Domi and Ryan Suzuki -- he even managed to finish plus-4 in a high-scoring game. Lehkonen provides secondary scoring for most fantasy owners. But that could change if his chemistry with Domi and Suzuki continues. Get ready to grab him off the wire if it does.
News: Domi scored two goals, added an assist and finished plus-3 in a 6-5 loss to the Rangers on Saturday night.
Impact: Domi was back at center and clearly wasn't part of the problem in a wild match. The Habs went up 4-0 and then 5-3, but fell apart. It was just Domi's third multi-point game of the season, but he's still on pace for a mid-60s finish.
News: Price made 24 saves in a 6-5 loss to the Rangers on Saturday.
Impact: It was a hot mess. Price was up 4-0 and 5-3 but couldn't keep the lead for his team. His game has been a bit soft of late -- he's 0-2-1 with 13 goals against in his last three games. Price is a tough play, but also a tough sit. You're just going to have to ride through this and hope it's short.
News: Price will protect the home net in Saturday's matchup against the Rangers, NHL.com's Sean Farrell reports.
Impact: Price hasn't been anything flashy this year with a .912 save percentage and 10-5-3 record. The Rangers haven't been impressive lately, though, as they've dropped three of their last four outings and averaged 2.75 goals per game in that span. Price will look to keep the Blueshirts' skid going, as he's posted an 18-7-1 record and .931 save percentage against New York in his career.
News: Reilly is expected to be active for Saturday's game against the Rangers, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Impact: Reilly, who has been a healthy scratch the last six games, will step in for Brett Kulak on the third defensive pairing. More significantly, he skated on the second power-play unit during Friday's practice. The loss of Jonathan Drouin (wrist) removes an element from the Canadiens' power play, so head coach Claude Julien is looking for the offensive-minded Reilly as a replacement on the man-advantage unit. Julien has swapped these two defensemen based on what is needed for a particular matchup. "It depends on teams we're playing. Depending on certain teams that are really aggressive, physical, this is where Kuly will outweigh Reils. Right now, we lose a guy like Jonathan Drouin, who on the power play is a big loss. We may need Reils to step in there and see what he can do in that position because he is good with the puck and that's why you saw him today on the power play," said the coach. Reilly has two assists and is plus-1 through eight games.
News: Hudon skated on the third line and the top power-play unit during Friday's practice, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Impact: Hudon, who has spent the last week shuttling between the NHL and AHL Laval, was on the Canadiens' fourth line but will receive a significant promotion for Saturday's game against the Rangers. In his three games with Montreal, Hudon has averaged a minuscule 9:20 of ice time with a total of 52 seconds on the power play.
News: Domi will move back to center for Saturday's game against the Rangers, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Impact: Domi spent the last three games at wing on the second line while rookie Nick Suzuki skated at center, but head coach Claude Julien felt Domi lost his speed advantage at wing. So, the coach will return the 24-year-old forward to center and hope for an offensive spark from the forward, who has not scored a goal in eight games and has just one in the last 17.
News: Fleury leads all rookies with 51 hits, averaging three checks per game.
Impact: The 21-year-old Fleury looks innocent enough, but he's catching NHL veterans off guard with his ability to hit. He registered 10 thumps in a game earlier this season, and his reputation grew recently after he delivered a first-period hit to Ottawa's Vladislav Namestnikov that forced the seven-year vet to leave Wednesday's game with a lower-body injury. Fleury leads Montreal in hits per game and ranks 30th in the NHL.
News: The Habs recalled Hudon from AHL Laval on Thursday.
Impact: Hudon's recall comes on the heels of Jonathan Drouin's placement on injured reserve with wrist surgery forthcoming and Paul Byron's (knee) announced four-week absence. Hudon will presumably draw into the lineup as the 12th forward Saturday against the Rangers and should be a candidate for similar appearances moving forward.
News: Kotkaniemi finished Wednesday's 2-1 overtime loss to Ottawa with two shots on goal along with three hits.
Impact: Kotkaniemi has failed to find the scoresheet in his first three games back from injury and only has three points in 15 games played this season. The 19-year-old has had a tough go of it in his second NHL season, but Kotkaniemi is still a player with a high upside. Montreal needs more from the youngster, especially with Jonathan Drouin (wrist) and Paul Byron (knee) out of the lineup for the foreseeable future.
News: Danault had a power-play assist along with two shots and two hits in Wednesday's 2-1 overtime loss to Ottawa.
Impact: Danault, who is averaging a career high in ice time on the power play this season, recorded his first point power-play point. He has points in five straight contests and eight over the last seven games, so Danault is a player to consider for daily fantasy lineups.
News: Gallagher had a power-play assist along with two shots, one hit and one blocked shot in Wednesday's 2-1 overtime loss to Ottawa.
Impact: Montreal's power play has improved, climbing to 12th after finishing 2018-19 ranked 30th, so it's surprising to see that Wednesday's assist was Gallagher's first power-play point of the season. He's now tied for second on the team with 17 points (nine goals, eight assists).
News: Cousins had two shots, two hits and a minus-1 rating over a forward-low 8:13 of ice time in Wednesday's 2-1 overtime loss to Ottawa.
Impact: Cousins has been a nightly starter and consistent producer on the fourth line since overcoming a back injury, but the 26-year-old forward has gone a season-high five games without marking the scoresheet. He should remain part of the active lineup as Montreal deals with injuries to Jonathan Drouin (wrist) and Paul Byron (knee), but an initial offensive spark (seven points in 11 games) has worn off.
News: Mete had three shots, one hit, one blocked shot and a double-minor penalty during Wednesday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Senators.
Impact: Mete put the Canadiens in a bind in the first minute of the game when he was whistled for a double-minor high sticking penalty. The Habs survived the infraction and actually had the best scoring chance while Mete was in the box. The four minutes in in the box give Mete 10 PIM in 22 games, equaling the total he entered the season with over the first 120 games of his career.
News: Reilly was a healthy scratch for the sixth straight game Wednesday against the Senators.
Impact: Reilly (eight games played) has been in and out of favor to start the 2019-20 season, sharing a starting job with Brett Kulak (14 games) on the third defensive pairing. The Canadiens like Reilly's ability to support an offensive attack, but lapses in his own zone have prevented him from holding down a full-time job. That can be an issue when playing on the third pairing, which traditionally has been the domain of defensively consistent players who don't often turn the puck over.
News: Folin was a healthy scratch for the 14th consecutive game Wednesday against Ottawa.
Impact: Folin last suited up Oct. 19 in a win over St. Louis and has been a healthy scratch for 17 of the Canadiens' first 22 games. Instead of the 28-year-old Folin, head coach Claude Julien has relied on younger blueliners, Cale Fleury (20 years old) and Brett Kulak (25), on the third defensive pairing. Folin has one assist and is plus-2 in five games played.
News: Suzuki scored a power-play goal during Wednesday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Senators.
Impact: The rookie provided Montreal's lone goal in what turned out to be a disappointing home loss for the hosts, but one that saw Suzuki score the sixth goal of his rookie campaign. The 20-year-old has found the scoresheet 10 times over his first 22 contests at the NHL level.
News: Hudon was reassigned to AHL Laval after Wednesday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Senators.
Impact: Hudon continues to bounce between leagues. He posted three shots on goal, one hit and a minus-1 rating in the contest. Expect Hudon to return to the big club soon -- most likely for Montreal's next game Saturday at home against the Rangers -- his demotion leaves just 11 healthy forwards on the Canadiens' roster.
News: Price allowed two goals on 24 shots in a 2-1 overtime loss to Ottawa on Wednesday.
Impact: This was Price's second loss in as many nights, moving his record to 10-5-3 on the year. Since posting three consecutive wins between Nov. 9 and Nov. 15, Price has dropped his last two starts and has looked surprisingly shaky for stretches. He'll look to bounce back Saturday when the Rangers pay Montreal a visit, though, the Canadiens have yet to announce a starter for that contest.