Montreal Canadiens Player News: Centers

News: Domi had an assist, three shots on net and a blocked shot in Saturday's 5-4 shootout win over Vegas.
Impact: Domi's hard work along the boards in the offensive zone loosened the puck and led to Montreal's third goal of the first period. The point snapped a five-game scoreless skid for the forward, who recently authored a productive four-week stretch during which Domi registered 15 points in 13 games. He heads into Montreal's bye week with 34 points (12 goals, 22 assists) through 50 games.
News: Cousins scored two goals in Montreal's 5-4 shootout win over Vegas on Saturday.
Impact: The 26-year-old has points in back-to-back games (two goals, one assist). It's a nice performance, but Cousins doesn't deliver enough to make him fantasy worthy.
News: Weal was a healthy scratch for Thursday's game against Philadelphia.
Impact: Weal was the roster casualty for the return of Joel Armia, who played for the first time in 12 games after dealing with a hand injury.
News: Danault collected three assists in a 4-1 win over the Flyers on Thursday.
Impact: All three helpers came during 5-on-5 action and ended a streak of 10 games without an assist for Danault. He also dished out three hits. Unfortunately, Danault failed to produce on the power play, which extended his drought in that department to 12 games. Thursday's game was a big step in the right direction for the two-way forward, as it was just the second time this season Danault has produced three points in a single contest.
News: Danault potted a goal on three shots in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Blackhawks.
Impact: Perhaps Danault was more familiar with Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford, as the center was the only Canadien to solve his old teammate. Danault is up to 12 goals -- matching last year's output -- and 32 points in 48 games. The 26-year-old has added 92 shots on goal, 87 hits and a plus-13 rating this season.
News: Peca was reassigned to AHL Laval on Wednesday, Arpon Basu of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Peca appeared in only five games with the Canadiens during this stint, missing a month due to a knee injury. He managed four shots, three hits and a minus-2 rating in that time. Peca's demotion indicates Joel Armia (hand) may be ready to return soon.
News: Poehling has been promoted to the third line, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Impact: Poehling, who started the season on the fourth line, was promoted partially due to injuries and partially due to the development of his game since getting regular ice time at the NHL. The 21-year-old forward scored his first NHL goal, an insurance tally, in Monday's 2-0 win over Calgary and was named the game's first star after logging 13:21 of ice time. Earlier this season, head coach Claude Julien told the Montreal Gazette that he's pleased with the 6-foot-3, 183-pounder getting physical with opponents, particularly his work along the boards. It's unclear what the immediate future portends for Poehling once the Canadiens' injured forwards return. Joel Armia (hand) is practicing again and could return by the end of the week.
News: Poehling scored a goal on three shots and added two PIM in Monday's 2-0 win over the Flames.
Impact: The 21-year-old's tally was his first point in 20 appearances this season. Poehling has added 29 hits, 17 shots on goal and four PIM while mostly skating a bottom-six role. He's bounced between the Canadiens and AHL Laval multiple times this season. Poehling has 12 points in 26 games with the Rocket, but his stay with the parent club should last awhile long with four Canadiens forwards on the shelf currently.
News: Weal notched a goal on five shots in Monday's 2-0 win over the Flames.
Impact: Weal snapped a five-game point drought with his first-period tally. The 27-year-old spent two of the last three contests as a healthy scratch, so this was a big goal for him to start regaining coach Claude Julien's trust. Weal has eight points, 59 shots and a minus-8 rating through 37 games this season.
News: Kotkaniemi had two shots, one hit and was minus-1 over 12:52 of ice time in Saturday's 2-1 overtime win over the Senators.
Impact: Kotkaniemi had averaged 14:38 of ice time in the two previous games before head coach Claude Julien shaved off nearly two minutes off ice time in Saturday's win. The Canadiens entered the game with just one measly point over the last eight games, so they were desperate to pull out a win against one of the NHL's worst. As such, Julien cut back on shifts for several players once Ottawa took control of the play late in the second period. That included Kotkaniemi, who played just 1:04 in the third period and never got off the bench after his line ceded the game-tying goal with six-and-a-half minutes remaining in regulation. This up-and-down pattern of playing time has been common for the 19-year-old under the stewardship of Julien.
News: Peca had one hit and was minus-1 over 7:57 of ice time in Saturday's 2-1 overtime win over Ottawa.
Impact: Peca returned to the lineup after missing 14 games with a knee injury and skated on the third line. He was getting regular shifts until the Senators took control of the play late in the second period. Peca played just 51 seconds in the third period and was stapled to the bench after being on the ice for Ottawa's game-tying goal.
News: Suzuki scored a power-play goal on one shot and added two hits in Saturday's 2-1 overtime win over the Senators.
Impact: Suzuki gave Montreal a first-period lead when he scored his fourth power-play goal, the team's first in its last 20 opportunities. He ranks third on the Canadiens with nine power-play points. There's always the possibility that Suzuki hits a wall over the final quarter of the season, but he's rewarded head coach Claude Julien, who decided to roll with the 20-year-old forward out of training camp and has stuck with him as a top-six forward. Suzuki ranks fourth among NHL rookies with 27 points.
News: Peca (knee) has been cleared to rejoin the lineup for Saturday's game against the Flames, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: Peca's return should go unnoticed in most fantasy circles, but it will provide the Canadiens with some depth up front. The 26-year-old pivot hasn't collected a point in four NHL contests this season, averaging just 9:23 of ice time, so there's little to suggest his fantasy stock is on the rise.
News: Kotkaniemi scored a goal on his only shot in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Oilers. He added one hit and one block over 14:39 of ice time.
Impact: Kotkaniemi scored his sixth goal of the campaign and third in the eight games since his return from a concussion. The 19-year-old has just eight points and his minus-10 through 30 games is a team low, but he has improved his shooting percentage. Kotkaniemi has scored on 13.3 percent of his shots in 2019-20, up from 8.2 percent during his rookie season.
News: Danault scored a goal on four shots and had a minor penalty in Thursday's 4-2 loss to Edmonton.
Impact: Danault snapped a six-game pointless streak with his 11th goal, two shy of the career-high 13 he scored in 82 games for Montreal in 2016-17. More good news is the return of Danault's linemate, Brendan Gallagher, who missed four games due to a concussion. The duo has formed a cohesive bond over the last few seasons, which has boosted Danault's fantasy value. It's worth noting, however, that Gallagher is being looked at for either an illness or recurrence of concussion symptoms as of Friday morning.
News: Cousins has been fined for an incident that occurred during Tuesday's loss to the Red Wings, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Impact: The NHL fined Cousins $2,688.17, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for boarding Detroit's Mike Green. Cousins received a minor penalty for cross-checking when he hit Green from behind, sending the Red Wings defenseman hard into the boards. Cousins has a total of 10 minutes in penalties over 38 games.
News: Montreal reassigned Vejdemo to AHL Laval on Wednesday.
Impact: Vejdemo's demotion suggests Brendan Gallagher (concussion) is likely nearing a return to action. The 2015 third-round pick will return to a prominent role with Laval, where he's notched eight goals and 16 points in 30 games this campaign.
News: Domi had a power-play assist and three shots on goal in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Red Wings.
Impact: One day after seeing his 12-game point streak end, Domi began a new one when Nick Suzuki scored on a rebound of a Domi shot on the man advantage. He leads the Canadiens with 11 points and 10 assists while on the power play.
News: Weal did not dress for Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Red Wings.
Impact: Weal had been a lineup regular, including time on the power play, since mid-November, but it appears the acquisition of Ilya Kovalchuk may put a dent in Weal's ice time. His presence on Montreal's power play, his one redeeming fantasy feature, may be going away.
News: Suzuki scored a power-play goal on two shots and had an assist along with one hit in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Red Wings.
Impact: Suzuki scored his third power-play goal of the season and found the back of the net for just the second time in the last 21 games. There have been some rookie mistakes along the way, but head coach Claude Julien is putting up with those and giving Suzuki ample playing time. The 20-year-old forward is averaging nearly 19 minutes of ice time since the Habs returned from their holiday break, and Suzuki continues to hold down a spot on the power play.
News: The Predators traded Dauphin to the Canadiens in exchange for Michael McCarron on Tuesday.
Impact: Dauphin, 24, has spent the entire season with AHL Milwaukee, compiling seven goals and nine assists through 33 games. This is a swap of minor-league assets, so Dauphin will report to AHL Laval.
News: Thompson had one shot on net, three hits and won five of eight faceoffs in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Penguins.
Impact: Thompson's pointless streak reached 12 games, but the fourth-line center isn't employed for his offense. He's a steady presence on the penalty-kill unit and is useful on draws. The 34-year-old Thompson has won 54 percent of his faceoffs, second on the Canadiens behind Phillip Danault.
News: Suzuki had an assist and two shots on net while receiving a forward-high 21:52 of ice time in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Penguins.
Impact: Suzuki was given ice time on both special-team units and has played more than 20 minutes in each of the last three games. The 20-year-old forward has just one goal over the last 20 games, but during that same stretch, Suzuki has assisted on 13 goals.
News: Domi picked up an assist in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to Pittsburgh.
Impact: His point streak now stands at nine games and 12 points (six goals, six assists). Domi also has 29 shots in that span. The little center is on pace to top 60 points this season. That's below last year's 72, but not bad considering the injury challenges Montreal has faced this season. Consistent linemates could increase Domi's production, but that won't happen soon.
News: Vejdemo had two shots and one hit over 9:18 of ice time in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Lightning.
Impact: Injuries to Montreal's forwards have created an opportunity for Vejdemo, who has skated on the fourth line the last two games. He made his NHL debut in Tuesday's loss to the Hurricanes, playing just 6:04 in that contest. His or Dale Weise's job will be the first to go as injured players return, but there's uncertainty as to when the Habs can expect that to occur.
News: Peca (knee) took part in Thursday's morning skate, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Impact: Peca has been sidelined since Dec. 12 and faces another three weeks of rehab, per the initial six-week prognosis laid out at the time he sustained the injury to his right knee. He is one of five Montreal forwards on injured reserve.
News: Cousins had an assist, five shots, one hit and one blocked shot over 17:32 of ice time in Thursday's 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay.
Impact: Cousins assisted on Montreal's lone goal, which barely missed being a power-play score. He was given the first crack at replacing Brendan Gallagher (concussion) on the Canadiens' top line. Gallagher became the fifth forward to land on injured reserve, so Cousins should see a spike in ice time until the Habs hit their bye week beginning Jan. 19. Over the last two games, he's averaged 17:37, including 2:38 on the power play.
News: Domi had an assist, four shots, one hit and a minor penalty in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Lightning.
Impact: Domi saw his six-game goal-scoring streak end, but the center's assist on Montreal's lone goal gives him points in eight straight. The goal came moments after a Canadiens power play ended. He has six goals and five assists during his point streak, putting him at 31 points through 41 games. As the team has suffered significant injuries among its forwards, Domi has picked up his offensive output. He's slightly behind last season's pace (72 points, 82 games), but the recent streak should make fantasy owners more sanguine about Domi's value going forward.
News: Suzuki blocked two shots and had a forward-high 20:26 of ice time in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Hurricanes.
Impact: Suzuki, whose five-game point streak was snapped in the loss, had to take some extra shifts after Brendan Gallagher left the game with an upper-body injury. The 20-year-old forward has earned the confidence of head coach Claude Julien. Suzuki is averaging 15:05 of ice time for the season, but the coach has doled out an average of 17:50 to the rookie over the last six games. Pending how Julien wants to cover for Gallagher, Suzuki could continue to receive elevated ice time.
News: Poehling had three shots on net, a minor penalty, and a third-period goal negated after a challenge in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Hurricanes.
Impact: Poehling's pointless streak extended to 13 games after video review determined Phillip Danault interfered with Carolina goalie Petr Mrazek. On a brighter note, the 20-year-old forward had a season-high 15:52 of ice time. Poehling and other forwards had to cover for Brendan Gallagher who left the game in the second period with an upper-body injury.
News: Domi scored his 12th goal of the year on his only shot of the game in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to Carolina.
Impact: Domi has found the net in six consecutive games and is riding a seven-game point streak, all on the road, racking up nine points. The 24-year-old broke out in 2018-19 in his first season in Montreal, collecting 28 goals and 72 points, and has clearly found a home in Montreal.
News: Weal had a power-play assist, one hit and one blocked shot in Sunday's 6-5 loss to Florida.
Impact: Weal had been quiet for more than a month, but the forward has power-play points in each of the last two games. He scored on the man advantage Saturday before his role in Jesperi Kotkaniemi's goal Sunday. Weal won an offensive zone faceoff and eventually produced the shot that was deflected onto Kotkaniemi's stick. Weal's been an inconsistent scorer, but head coach Claude Julien is sticking with him on one of the Habs' power-play units.
News: Suzuki had three assists and one shot with a plus-2 rating in Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Panthers.
Impact: Suzuki is now riding a career-best five-game point streak, having amassed one goal and seven assists during that stretch. The 20-year-old was in on each of Montreal's first three goals Sunday, helping the Canadiens erase an early 2-0 deficit. Suzuki now has 23 points in 39 games and is worth rolling the dice on while he's hot.
News: Kotkaniemi scored a power-play goal on two shots and had two PIM in Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Panthers. He also won all five of his faceoff attempts.
Impact: Kotkaniemi struck for his fifth goal of the season -- first on the power play -- four minutes into the third period to pull the Canadiens to within 6-4. It was his second straight game with a goal and his third goal in the last seven games, offering some hope that he's ready to provide more offense.
News: Domi had a goal and an assist with five shots and a plus-2 rating in Sunday's 6-5 loss to Florida.
Impact: Domi extended his point streak to six games (five goals, four assists) and has lit the lamp in each of the last five. He potted his 11th goal of the season early in the second period and added a helper on Jesperi Kotkaniemi's power-play goal early in the third. The 24-year-old has 29 points in 39 games this season.
News: Weal scored a power-play goal on four shots and two blocks in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Lightning.
Impact: Weal got a lucky bounce off the leg of Tampa Bay defenseman Erik Cernak to snap an 18-game goalless streak. It was Weal's fourth goal and second on the power play. Despite the lack of production, Weal continues to get ice time when the Canadiens have the man advantage; he's averaging a career-high 2:04 of PP TOI/G.
News: Domi scored a goal on two shots and was minus-3 in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Lightning.
Impact: Domi's shot off the cross bar was originally ruled no goal, but a review showed the puck initially landed past the goal line before bouncing out of the net. It extended the center's goal-scoring streak to four games and gives him seven points in the last five games.
News: Kotkaniemi scored a goal on three shots over 13:42 of ice time in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Lightning.
Impact: Kotkaniemi returned to the lineup after missing eight games due to a concussion and made his presence immediately noticeable. At 2:08 of the first period, he corralled a loose puck in the faceoff circle to the right of Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy and beat him short side. It was Kotkaniemi's fourth goal of the season and third on the road. All 11 of the 19-year-old's goals in 2018 were scored at home in the Bell Centre.
News: Kotkaniemi (concussion) will be in the lineup against the Lightning on Saturday.
Impact: Kotkaniemi has missed the Habs' previous eight contests due to his concussion but appears set to slot into a third-line role Saturday. In 22 games this year, the Finn has managed just five points and 29 shots while averaging 12:39 of ice time. In order to clear a spot on the 23-man roster for the 19-year-old, the club figures to designate Joel Armia (hand) for injured reserve.
News: Suzuki had two assists and two shots while winning 11 of 16 faceoffs (68.8 percent) in Monday's 6-2 win over the Jets.
Impact: Suzuki has points in three straight games (one goal, three assists), continuing a productive rookie season that has seen him contribute seven goals and 19 points in 37 games. Acquired from Vegas in last year's Max Pacioretty trade, Suzuki has a very bright future in Montreal.
News: Domi had a goal and an assist with six shots in Monday's 6-2 win over the Jets.
Impact: Domi potted his ninth goal of the season late in the second period and later set up Artturi Lehkonen's third-period goal. Domi extended his point streak to four games and has racked up eight points (three goals, five assists) over his last six outings.
News: Danault scored two goals on seven shots and was plus-3 in Monday's 6-2 win over the Jets.
Impact: Danault scored his two goals just over four minutes apart in the second period, extending Montreal's lead to 4-1. He also won 13 of 18 faceoffs (72.2 percent). Danault has collected at least one point in eight of his last 10 games and now boasts 10 goals and 29 points on the season.
News: Kotkaniemi (concussion) isn't in the projected lineup for Monday's matchup with Winnipeg, NHL.com's Darrin Bauming reports.
Impact: Kotkaniemi is still working his way back from a concussion, and although he's been skating recently, there's no clear timeline for his return. The 19-year-old pivot is on injured reserve, so his activation will be the best indicator that his return is imminent.
News: Suzuki notched a power-play assist and two shots on goal in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Oilers.
Impact: Suzuki got the puck to Jeff Petry, whose shot was tipped in by Phillip Danault. The rookie center now has points in consecutive games. Suzuki has 17 points (five on the power play) and 62 shots on goal through 36 contests this year.
News: Domi scored a goal on two shots in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Oilers.
Impact: Domi's tally at 1:09 of the third period tied the game at three, but Riley Sheahan put the Oilers ahead for good later in the period. The 24-year-old has two goals and four assists in his last five games. Domi is up to 24 points and 90 shots on goal overall through 36 contests.
News: Danault scored a power-play goal on two shots, dished two hits and added two PIM in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Oilers.
Impact: Danault tipped in a Jeff Petry shot at 8:29 of the second period to tie the game at two. The center is up to eight goals and 27 points through 36 games this season. His tally Saturday was his first career power-play goal, and his fourth point with a man advantage this year.
News: Canadiens head coach Claude Julien has been pleased with Poehling's effort since his second call-up from AHL Laval, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Impact: Poehling has yet to register a point in seven NHL games, but his work on the fourth line has not been unnoticed. "I have no issues with Ryan's game right now," Julien said. "He's a hard worker, he's strong along the walls, he's going to the net hard. He's a bigger body and his presence is noticed out there. I've liked his game and for me what I've seen is that he's been pretty consistent since he came back." Julien has sheltered Poehling, never giving him more than 9:48 of ice time until Thursday's game against Calgary, when he played 11:03.
News: Suzuki scored a goal on a team-leading six shots in Thursday's 4-3 win over Calgary.
Impact: Suzuki forced overtime when he knotted the game at 3-3 with 8:02 left in regulation. Suzuki hadn't scored since Nov. 20 and he sure picked a good time to break of that slump. The rookie has seven goals and 16 points in 35 games.
News: Domi scored the winning goal and had four shots in Thursday's 4-3 overtime victory over the Flames.
Impact: Domi delivered the game's decisive goal with 68 seconds left in overtime, his seventh goal of the year. The goal ended an 11-game drought for Domi, who scored 28 times last year in his first season with Montreal. He has 23 points in 35 games, well off his 72-point pace of 2018-19.
News: Kotkaniemi (concussion) did not practice with teammates Wednesday but skated after the session, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Impact: Kotkaniemi, who had practiced with teammates while wearing a non-contact jersey Monday, skated with a member of the team's training staff and Victor Mete (ankle) while wearing the non-contact sweater. This news suggests he will not suit up for Thursday's game at Calgary's Scotiabank Saddledome. He has missed the last five games due to his concussion.
News: Danault recorded a power-play helper and two hits in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Canucks.
Impact: Danault assisted Tomas Tatar at 1:51 of the third period. He's been excellent with a goal and six helpers through eight games in December. His season line holds 26 points (seven tallies, a team-high 19 assists), 51 shots on goal and 64 hits in 34 contests. The 26-year-old broke out with 53 points last season, but he's on pace to eclipse that mark and could challenge for 60 points by the end of 2019-20.
News: Domi notched two assists, one on the power play, in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Canucks.
Impact: Domi and Joel Armia both assisted on goals by Nick Cousins in the second period and Shea Weber in the third. It was Domi's second multi-point effort in his last three games. The 24-year-old now has 22 points -- including nine on the power play -- and 84 shots on goal through 34 games. He's not at the same level he was in 2018-19, when he collected a career-high 72 points.
News: Cousins scored a goal on two shots and added two PIM in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Canucks.
Impact: Cousins tallied the tying goal at 8:05 of the second period. The 26-year-old has three goals and a helper over his last six games. Cousins is up to 11 points, 58 shots on goal and 45 hits in 28 appearances overall. He's not always a consistent scoring threat, but he may be worth a look in deeper fantasy formats while he's relatively productive.
News: Kotkaniemi (concussion) practiced on Monday for the first time since being injured, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Impact: Kotkaniemi wore a non-contact jersey and was the spare forward at practice. He's expected to return at some point during Montreal's four-game road trip through Western Canada, which drops Tuesday in Vancouver.
News: Poehling is expected to travel with the Canadiens on their seven-game road trip kicking off Tuesday in Vancouver, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Impact: Poehling has been yo-yoed between Montreal and AHL Laval, but with Paul Byron (knee) not ready for prime time, the 20-year-old rookie will live the NHL lifestyle for the next two weeks. He's played five games with Montreal, never receiving more than 9:48 of ice time and failing to make a mark (zero points).
News: Vejdemo was called up from AHL Laval on Saturday, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Impact: Vejdemo will join the Canadiens after posting 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) in 30 contests with Laval. The Canadiens have been ravaged by injuries among their forwards, so Vejdemo will serve as extra depth and could challenge Ryan Barber and Ryan Poehling for playing time on the fourth line. In a corresponding move, defenseman Otto Leskinen was sent to the minors.
News: Kotkaniemi (concussion) and Victor Mete (ankle) skated by themselves Friday, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Impact: Head coach Claude Julien thinks both players could return Tuesday when Montreal kicks off a road trip in Western Canada. "Those two guys, a decision will be made probably tomorrow night in letting us know whether they're going to join us on this road trip or not," Julien said. Kotkaniemi has three goals and two assists while going minus-6 through 22 games.
News: The Canadiens recalled Poehling from AHL Laval on Friday.
Impact: Poehling's promotion indicates Paul Byron (knee) might not be available for Saturday's matchup with Detroit. The rookie forward has gone scoreless in five appearances with the big club this season.
News: Peca will miss approximately six weeks due to a right knee injury.
Impact: Peca exited Tuesday's contest versus the Penguins and has apparently suffered a fairly severe injury to his knee. The details of the injury remain sparse, but he will leave the Canadiens shorthanded up front until some of the other walking wounded are cleared to return. With only 11 healthy forwards on the roster, Montreal will likely be inclined to recall another forward from the AHL ranks ahead of Saturday's game versus Detroit.
News: The Canadiens reassigned Poehling to AHL Laval on Thursday.
Impact: Poehling's demotion suggests Matthew Peca (lower body) will likely be ready to return Saturday against Detroit. The 2017 first-round pick will return to a prominent role with Laval, where he's picked up five goals and 12 points in 26 games this campaign.
News: Poehling had one shot and one hit over 9:48 of ice time in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime win over Ottawa.
Impact: Poehling was called up to Montreal for the second time this season after the Canadiens placed Jesperi Kotkaniemi (concussion) on injured reserve. As in his previous stint in the NHL, the 20-year-old forward skated on the fourth line and played fewer than 10 minutes.
News: Cousins scored a power-play goal in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime win over Ottawa.
Impact: Cousins, who is averaging a career-high 1:39 of ice time on the power play, has two power-play goals and three points over the last four games. This nice stretch comes after the forward went 11 consecutive games without hitting the scoresheet. The 26-year-old Cousins has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 26 games.
News: Domi finished Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Senators with two points, including an assist on Ben Chiarot's overtime winner.
Impact: Domi's first point of the night came with Montreal enjoying a power play. It's been a tough stretch for Domi who wasn't scored since Nov. 23 and had only managed two assists over his previous eight games. Perhaps his big night versus Ottawa will get Domi going. He and the Habs face Detroit on Saturday, with Domi having scored in the two teams' one and only previous meeting this season.
News: Peca (lower body) is unavailable for Wednesday's matchup against the Senators, John Lu of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Peca is on recall from AHL Laval, and he's failed to record a point while going minus-1 over four games. The Canadiens recalled Ryan Poehling to fill into Peca's role on the fourth line. Peca will aim to shake off this injury for Saturday's contest against the Red Wings.
News: Poehling was promoted from AHL Laval on Wednesday.
Impact: Poehling may have to immediately step into the lineup for the Habs if Matthew Peca (lower body) is unable to play versus Ottawa on Wednesday. The 20-year-old Poehling has registered five goals and seven helpers in 26 minor-league contests, but he remains pointless through four appearances for Montreal this year.
News: Kotkaniemi (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.
Impact: As a result of his IR designation, Kotkaniemi won't be available versus Ottawa on Wednesday, but he could be activated any time thereafter. The center has already missed two games after getting hurt against the the Avs on Dec. 5. Prior to suffering his concussion, the Finn managed just two points in his previous 10 outings. He is firmly affixed in a bottom-six role.
News: Danault had a power-play assist in Tuesday's 4-1 win over Pittsburgh.
Impact: Danault has assists in each of the last four games and six of the last seven. Along with one goal, he's on a point-per-game run during that seven-game span. Tuesday's power-play assist was just the second of the season for Danault, who is averaging a career-high 1:05 of ice time while a man up.
News: Weal had five hits and one blocked shot in Tuesday's 4-1 win over Pittsburgh.
Impact: The Canadiens clamped down early and often, delivering 67 hits and suffocating the Penguins' offense. Everyone got involved, including Weal, who had just 10 hits over the first 22 games played. He's currently on a 12-game pointless run, but Weal should have a role as Montreal copes with injuries. Matthew Peca (lower body) was added to the list Tuesday, joining Jonathan Drouin (wrist) and Paul Byron (knee).
News: Peca left Tuesday's game against Pittsburgh with a lower-body injury and won't return.
Impact: Peca was protecting the puck at center ice when he seemed to lose his footing and limped off to the dressing room. The Canadiens play Wednesday against the Senators, so expect an update on his injury ahead of the matchup. With Jesperi Kotkaniemi (concussion) also dealing with injury, the team has just 11 healthy forwards for the time being.
News: Kotkaniemi (concussion) did not accompany the Canadiens for the trip to Pittsburgh for a game Tuesday, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Impact: Kotkaniemi has not been placed on injured reserve, which suggests the Canadiens are anticipating the concussion will not keep him out of the lineup for long. The Canadiens play the second game of a back-to-back set Wednesday at home against Ottawa.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Danault had an assist along with two shots in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to Columbus.
Impact: Danault fired a perfect pass from behind the net to Artturi Lehkonen, who had been left alone on the right side while Blue Jacket defenders paid closer attention to Brendan Gallagher. It was the fourth consecutive game with a point for Danault, who has six goals and 10 assists through 21 games.
News: Weal will see increased playing time as the result of injuries to Jonathan Drouin (wrist) and Paul Byron (knee), Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Impact: Both Drouin and Byron require surgeries to repair the injuries, creating an opportunity for Weal on Montreal's third line. He's appeared in 12 of the first 20 games, including healthy scratches in seven of nine contests before the injury bug hit, but Weal receives power-play minutes whenever he's in the active lineup,
News: Danault had an assist, two shots and three hits in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to New Jersey.
Impact: Danault set up rookie Cale Fleury's second-period goal to extend his point streak to three games. Montreal's top-line center has six points (one goal, five assists) over the last five games.
News: Kotkaniemi had one hit over nine minutes of ice time in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Devils.
Impact: Kotkaniemi was back on the active roster after missing seven games with a groin injury. The nine minutes of ice time, a season low, was mostly due to a third period that featured nine penalties. With special teams frequently needed, head coach Claude Julien could not roll four lines and had to adjust players' shifts accordingly. Kotkaniemi, who saw a mere 1:21 of third-period ice time, Nick Cousins (:44) and Charles Hudon (0:00) were mainly stapled to the bench for the final regulation period.
News: Domi had a power-play assist, two shots on goal and six minutes in penalties in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Devils.
Impact: Domi moved to wing, replacing the injured Paul Byron (lower body), while rookie Nick Suzuki was promoted from the third line to handle second-line center duties. Domi had the primary assist on Suzuki's second-period, power-play goal, giving Montreal a 3-1 lead at the time, but he was responsible for New Jersey's game-tying goal in the third. After being penalized for interference, he was assessed an extra unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Wayne Simmonds tied up the game with six seconds left on the second penalty.
News: Suzuki scored a power-play goal in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Devils.
Impact: Suzuki was part of a five-on-three advantage when he buried the first power-play goal of his career. The 20-year-old positioned himself to the right of goalie Mackenzie Blackwood and scored off his own rebound after Max Domi spotted him near the net. It was Suzuki's second straight game with a goal and third straight with a point. He started the game as the second line center, moving up a line to replace the injured Paul Byron (lower body). That's an interesting decision by head coach Claude Julien, who moved the more seasoned Max Domi to wing and let the rookie handle the faceoffs. That could be the coach feeling Suzuki is better deployed as a center than a winger, but the Ontario native showed he still has work to do at the dot. He won just seven of 20 draws (35 percent).
News: Kotkaniemi (groin) was lifted from injured reserve and is expected to play Saturday against the Devils, per the NHL's media site.
Impact: Kotkaniemi sat out the last seven contests, but he deemed himself ready to go Friday and should retake the ice Saturday. The 19-year-old has struggled to find the scoresheet through 12 appearances, as he posted just two goals and a power-play assist. Kotkaniemi is expected to center the third line for now.