Description: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price allowed six goals for the first time this season as Montreal defeated Tampa Bay, 6-2, in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Sunday.
Insight: None of the goals were Price's fault. Tampa Bay had some incredible passes, which led to wide open nets and unsavable chances. Montreal's defense was awful, and the team continued to take penalties and put Price in bad situations. Tampa Bay went 4-for-8 on the man advantage in the game. Price finished the game with 18 saves on 24 chances.
Description: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price made 33 saves in the, 2-1, overtime victory over the Senators in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Sunday.
Insight: Senators goaltender Craig Anderson was stealing the show as he worked on a shutout deep into the third period, but Dal Weise scored late in the period and then in overtime to spoil Anderson's great performance. Price didn't get as much work as Anderson, but he stopped 33-of-34 shot attempts. Montreal leads the series, 3-0.
Description: Canadiens right wing Dale Weise scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime as Montreal beat Ottawa, 2-1, in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Sunday.
Insight: Weise tied the game at one with under six minutes to play in regulation. He then scored about nine minutes into overtime for the game-winner. There was some controversy about the game-winning goal as it might have gone off a Canadiens skater's glove before the puck found Weise in the offensive zone, in which case, the play should have been stopped. It will be interesting to see if anything new comes out regarding the final play, but nonetheless, Montreal has a, 3-0, series lead.
Description: Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban had two assists and finished plus-one before receiving a game misconduct in Game 1 against the Senators.
Insight: Subban assisted both of Montreal's first two goals as the Canadiens took a, 2-1, lead early in the second, but Subban then took a baseball-like swing and slashed Marc Stone right above his gloves on his wrists. Stone looked badly hurt, and Subban received a game misconduct. Stone, though, returned shortly after, so some have speculated that he embellished the call a little. Even without Subban and already without Max Pacioretty, the Canadiens won, 4-3.
Description: Canadiens winger Brian Flynn had a goal and two assists in the, 4-3, victory over the Senators in Game 1 on Wednesday.
Insight: Flynn helped Montreal get going in what was a wild second period. Flynn assisted Torrey Mitchell's goal and then Lars Eller's shorthanded goal. Then, in Ottawa tied it at three, Flynn scored the sixth and final goal of the second period, which also proved to be the game-winner.
Description: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price didn't look great, but he did win his 44th game of the season on Saturday.
Insight: Price allowed three goals against the Maple Leafs to record a .864 save percentage, but he stopped both Toronto shots in the shootout. Price finishes the regular season 44-16-6 and is the favor to win the Vezina Trophy.
Description: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price rebounded in a big way on Easter versus the Panthers.
Insight: Price's last victory was last Saturday against the Panthers, but he allowed four goals in each game in his last two starts. Price made 25 saves in the victory on Sunday. He is 42-16-6 this season.
Description: Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty scored the game-winning goal in overtime as Montreal defeated Florida, 3-2, on Saturday.
Insight: Pacioretty scored on passes from David Desharnais and P.K. Subban. Pacioretty has 36 goals and 29 assists in 76 games this season. He also has an incredible plus-40 rating, which leads the league.
Description: Canadiens left wing Brandon Prust had two assists in the, 3-2, victory over the Panthers on Tuesday.
Insight: Prust has been a penalty minutes specialist this season with 128 PIM, but he helped with the scoring on Tuesday. Prust assisted Alexei Emelin's goal and then Jacob De La Rose's shorthanded score. He has four goals and 12 assists this season.
Description: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price allowed just one goal on Saturday against the high-flying New York Islanders.
Insight: Although they have struggled lately, the Islanders are still second behind only the Lightning in goals scored in the Eastern Conference, so it was an impressive outing for Price. It was also a nice rebound from allowing five goals versus the Senators on Thursday. Price is 38-14-4 and is our choice for the Vezina Trophy winner.
Description: Canadiens center David Desharnais scored a pair of goals in the, 4-0, victory over the Maple Leafs on Saturday.
Insight: Desharnais scored both of his goals in the final period as insurance. Not that Carey Price needed it, who has allowed more than two goals just once in his last 10 starts. Desharnais has 11 goals and 27 assists with a plus-22 rating this season.
Description: Montreal defenseman Andrei Markov recorded two points during Thursday's victory over the Blue Jackets.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist, along with three shots and an impressive plus-five rating. Markov should be owned everywhere, with eight goals, 38 points, 26 penalty minutes, and a plus-13 rating through 61 games.
Description: Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty scored twice during Saturday's victory over the Blue Jackets.
Insight: He also had six shots on goal and a plus-two rating on the night. Pacioretty is a top-15 option in standard leagues, with 29 goals, 52 points, 22 penalty minutes, and a plus-33 rating this season.
Description: Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher scored a pair of goals in the shootout loss on Thursday versus the Panthers.
Insight: Gallagher scored the first two goals of the game at the start of the second period. Florida responded to tie the game and win in overtime. Gallagher has 15 goals and 17 assists in 58 games this season.
Description: Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty continued his amazing season with another goal on Wednesday versus the Senators.
Insight: Pacioretty scored in the second period to tie the game, 1-1, but Montreal lost, 4-2. Pacioretty amassed seven shots on net. He has 27 goals and 22 assists with a league-leading plus-29 rating in 57 games this season.
Description: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price picked up his 31st victory of the season on Saturday.
Insight: Price stopped 28-of-29 shots against the Maple Leafs and then turned aside two out of three Toronto shootout attempts. Montreal won in the shootout, 2-1. Price is 31-11-2 with a GAA below 2.00 this season.
Description: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price allowed just one goal on 35 shots as Montreal beat Boston, 3-1, and swept the season series with the Bruins.
Insight: There hasn't been a hotter goalie in the league since the calender changed to 2015. Price came into the game 8-2-1 with a .941 save percentage and 1.71 GAA since Jan. 1. Including Sunday, Price has allowed one goal or fewer in five of his last 12 games. He is 29-11-2 this season.
Description: Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty had a goal and an assist as Montreal defeated Boston, 3-1, on Sunday and swept the season series with the Bruins.
Insight: Pacioretty has been on fire. He had 12 points in January and has five points in four games this month. Pacioretty has 10 goals in his last 15 games. This season, he now has 24 goals and 21 assists with a plus-27 rating in 52 games.
Description: Canadiens left wing Alex Galchenyuk scored a pair of goals in the first period versus the Coyotes on Sunday.
Insight: It looked like it might turn into a Montreal rout, but Arizona responded, scoring the final three goals of the game, and winning, 3-2. Galchenyuk has 15 goals and 19 assists in 49 games this season.
Description: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, coming off two straight shutouts, will get Sunday off.
Insight: Price followed his 24 save, shutout performance Thursday with a 36-save masterpeice versus the Capitals.Price is 27-10-2 this season with a 2.03 GAA and .933 save percentage. Dustin Tokarski (5-3-1) will get the start.
Description: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price second straight shutout on Saturday.
Insight: Price followed his 24 save, shutout performance from Thursday with a 36-save masterpeice versus the Capitals. Max Pacioretty scored in overtime as Montreal won, 1-0. Price is 27-10-2 this season.
Description: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is doubtful for Saturday's game versus the Islanders.
Insight: It appears as though the Candiens will have to play for the top seed in the Eastern Conference without their top goaltender. Check back later, but more than likely, Dustin Tokarski will receive the start.
Description: Canadiens Dustin Tokarski will start on Thursday against the Senators.
Insight: Carey Price won Wednesday night, 3-2, over the Blue Jackets, so he will get the night off. Tokarski hasn't played much this season, but when called upon, he has been solid. Tokarski is 4-2-1 with a .924 save percentage and 2.23 GAA.
Description: Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty scored a pair of power-play goals to lead Montreal to a come-from-behind, 3-2, victory over the Canadiens.
Insight: Montreal fell behind, 2-0, about halfway through the third period, but the Canadiens scored three power-play goals to come back and win. Pacioretty was 20 goals and 15 assists in 42 games this season.
Description: Canadiens winger Michael Bournival scored a pair of goals in the, 4-2, victory against the Devils on Friday.
Insight: Bournival started the scoring in the second period when he scored his first goal of the season. It took Bournival fewer than 20 minutes to get his second goal of the season as Montreal took a 3-0 lead. Bournival has one assist to go with two goals in eight games this season.
Description: Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty scored a goal on Monday to seal the, 3-1, victory over the Hurricanes.
Insight: Pacioretty scored an empty-netter insides of one minute left in regulation to give Montreal a two-goal advantage. Pacioretty has 14 goals and 14 assists with a plus-18 rating in 26 games this season.
Description: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price allowed just one goal in the, 3-1, victory over the Hurricanes on Monday.
Insight: Price stopped 28-of-29 shots to pick up his 20th victory of the season. He has now won six of his last seven starts, allowing two of fewer goals in every one of those games. Hopefully owners didn't sell low after his slow start because Price is turning it up a notch.
Description: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price allowed an early goal, but rebounded to have a very nice game.
Insight: Price's lone goal allowed didn't come really, really early, but at about the halfway point of the first period. Price didn't allow another one, though, as he stopped 37-of-38 shots overall. Price is 19-9-1 this season.
Description: Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty scored two goals in Thursday's win versus the Blues.
Insight: Pacioretty gave Montreal a 2-1 lead in the second period and then an insurance goal to make it, 3-1. The Canadiens added another score to win, 4-1. Pacioretty has 10 goals and eight assists this season.
Description: Canadiens Dustin Tokarski captured his second win of the season on Wednesday against the Sabres.
Insight: Tokarski stopped 31 shots on 32 opportunities, which, ironically, was the same amount Sabres goaltender Michal Neuvirth saved. Tokarski was able to stopped 2-out-3 in the shootout as Montreal won, 2-1.
Description: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price carried Montreal to victory against the Flames on Tuesday.
Insight: Price stopped 37-of-38 shots for a .974 save percentage while the Canadiens mustered only 10 shots on goal even including overtime. Montreal, however, scored the lone shoot out goal and won, 2-1.
Description: Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban scored two goals on three shots against the Avalanche on Saturday.
Insight: He also contributed two hits and two penalty minutes. Subban's first goal was a slap shot on the power play to tie the score at one at the beginning of the second period. To cap off three straight goals, Subban scored on a wrister at the 17:59 mark of the second.
Description: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price was pulled after giving up four goals to Tampa Bay.
Insight: He had 19 saves on 23 shots, and was taken out after the second period. Dustin Tokarski took over, and did not fare much better, as he gave up three goals on 11 shots. This is just a hiccup for Price, who is still an elite option in net.
Description: Canadiens coach Michel Therrien has relieved Tomas Plekanec of some of his defensive duties, which is paying dividends at the offensive end according to the Montreal Gazette.
Insight: Plekanec had been the first center option for the penalty kill, but Manny Malhotra is healthy and has taken over that role. That allows Plekanec to be much more offensive. He has three goals, seven shots on net and a plus-two rating in the first two games this season.
Description: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price will return to the ice on Saturday against the Flyers.
Insight: Price won the season opener on Wednesday against the Maple Leafs, but he got the night off Thursday in Washington. Backup goalie Dustin Tokarski won that game. Price should return to your starting fantasy lineup on Saturday.
Description: Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban scored a goal on five shots and had a plus-one rating against the Maple Leafs on Wednesday.
Insight: Playing overly aggressive defense, Toronto left Subban wide open in the slot, and the defenseman capitalized, scoring the third goal of the game for Montreal. Subban had over 25 minutes of ice time, including over three minutes on the power play and nearly two minutes on the penalty kill.
Description: Montreal goaltender Carey Price had a rocky outing in his first regular season start since his injury last May.
Insight: Price gave up three goals on 27 shots on Wednesday against the Maple Leafs. Montreal was nursing a 3-2 lead with less than four minnutes to go when he failed to cover a puck in the crease, which eventually found the back of the net. The Canadiens ended up scoring in the final minute of regulation to win, 4-3.
Description: Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, against the Maple Leafs on opening night.
Insight: Plekanec scored to tie the game early in the second period and then scored the game-winner with less than a minute to go in the third period. Plekanec also had five shots on goal, won 10 faceoffs and finished with a plus-one.
Description: Canadiens Dustin Tokarski is expected to start on Thursday.
Insight: Montreal plays back-to-back days to start the season, and the team does not want Carey Price to play in consecutive games to begin the year. Tokarski played well in the Eastern Conference Finals last spring against the Rangers.
Description: Montreal center Tomas Plekanec should be in line for another 20-goal season.
Insight: He finished last season with 20 goals and 23 assists, combined with a +11 rating. While he will probably not reach the 70-point mark ever again, Plekanec should still be targeted around the 14th round of your drafts.
Description: Montreal right wing Brendan Gallagher is coming off a career-high 41 points.
Insight: He had 19 goals and 22 assists, and is just 22-years-old. Gallagher should continue to improve, as he plays on Montreal's top line. His current 14th round value, could turn into a steal of a pick.
Description: Montreal goaltender Carey Price told the Montreal Gazette skating is "going pretty good so far."
Insight: Price stayed in Montreal until the end of June to rehabiliate his sprained knee. Rangers winger Chris Kreider crashed into Price's leg in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The goaltender missed the rest of the series but should be ready for training camp.
Description: Montreal netminder Carey Price won't need surgery for the knee injury he suffered against the Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. SOURCE: Associated Press
Insight: It's fair to wonder how the series, which the Rangers won in six games, would have played out had Price been healthy. Either way, it sounds like he should be fine for the start of next season.
Description: Canadiens left wing Brandon Prust will serve a two-game suspension for his hit on Derek Stepan Thursday in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. SOURCE: NHL.com
Insight: Stepan broke his jaw on the play. Prust (two assists in 12 playoff appearances) is getting off easy with only a two-game ban. He'll be eligible to return for Game 6, assuming the Rangers don't win the next two to close out the series.
Description: Dustin Tokarski will start a second straight game Wednesday against the Rangers.
Insight: Tokarski started Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals after Carey Price suffered a knee injury in Game 1 that will keep him out the rest of the series. The 24-year-old allowed three goals on 30 shots in the Game 2 loss.
Description: Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk, who suffered a right knee injury, has been cleared for contact, but no word on when he might return to the ice.
Insight: Galchenyuk could return sometime in the series with the Rangers. He produced 13 goals and 18 assists in 65 games with a -12 rating, though he had a better rookie season - nine goals, 18 assists and a +14 rating in 48 games.
Description: Montreal goalie Carey Price outdueled Tuukka Rask in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals Wednesday night to get the Canadiens to the Conference Finals for the first time since 2010.
Insight: Price made 29 saves on 30 shots after shutting out Boston in Game 6. The 26-year-old owns a .926 SV% in this postseason.
Description: Montreal left wing Max Pacioretty picked up two points in Monday night's win over Boston.
Insight: His second period goal came on a miscommunication between Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara and goalie Tuukka Rask. Pacioretty now has six points (two goals, four assists) in ten games this postseason.