Montreal Canadiens Player trends: March  23rd

Your weekly Habs player trends, accounting for the third week of March.

A good run for the Habs means a lot of green hits the board in the individual player trends, as Montreal took 6 of a possible 8 points during their push for the playoffs.

Habs Trends
Goalies Trend Notes
Carey Price Dash_medium_medium
Price returned to action and played decently. It was clear he was still somewhat rusty, however he did win three of the four starts.
Peter Budaj Down_medium
Budaj hasn't seen any action since Boston routed the Canadiens. The Habs decided to go with Dustin Tokarski instead of Budaj in the only game that Price did not start this week.
Dustin Tokarski Up_medium
Tokarski performed well in San Jose, and recorded his first NHL shutout with a win versus the Sabres.
Defensemen

P.K. Subban Up_medium
Subban is on fire. He has 11 points in his last 11 games, and managed to play well defensively despite having the anchor known as Francis Bouillon on his pairing.
Andrei Markov Dash_medium_medium
The impending UFA played well, putting up two points while paired with Emelin. It's worth noting that Markov did make his fair share of mistakes earlier in the week.
Josh Gorges Injured_medium
Gorges suffered a fractured hand versus the Maple Leafs in early March. He he underwent surgery and is expected to be back by the playoffs.
Alexei Emelin Up_medium This might be Emelin's best week of the year, as he produced three points in four games, but more importantly he's been playing some good ole' hard nosed hockey. It's too early to tell if he's back to his old ways, but it's a step in the right direction.
Mike Weaver Up_medium
Weaver had an excellent week. His smart play on the penalty kill combined with some offensive production led to a very easy up trend decision.
Francis Bouillon Down_medium His week started perfectly, a big game winning goal against the Senators surely had to be the highlight of the year for Bouillon, but it was all downhill from there. His talent level just isn't high enough to be paired with Subban and face top quality competition. That's not Bouillon's fault, as most players don't expect to go from being scratched for two months, to playing on the top pairing and getting 25 minutes of TOI per night. Beaulieu on the other hand...
Douglas Murray Dash_medium_medium
Douglas Murray was a healthy scratch for the majority of the week (and Montreal saw an instant uptick in terms of possession.)
Davis Drewiske Dash_medium_medium
Drewiske has been reassigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs.
Jarred Tinordi Dash_medium_medium
Tinordi had a solid week, however he made one (GLARING) mistake versus the Blue Jackets, and was healthy scratch in the following game against the Leafs.
Nathan Beaulieu Dash_medium_medium
Is still toiling away in the minors, because...well, I don't know why.
Forwards
Tomas Plekanec Up_medium Plekanec managed a point in his last four games, all the while continuing to face the opponents top lines. He even managed to make Rene Bourque look good. Let that sink in for a moment.
Brian Gionta Up_medium
A two point night versus the Leafs, combined with his usual defensive prowess leads Gionta to an upwards trend this week, although he did struggle against the Blue Jackets, as did the majority of the team.
Daniel Briere Dash_medium_medium
Despite being fourth on the team in points per 60 minutes, Briere has been relegated to the 4th line, sometimes playing on the third. His lack of production isn't exactly related to his effort level, but rather his usage.
Lars Eller Injured_medium
Eller managed to put up a two point game versus the Senators, but he succumbed to injury later in the week against the Maple Leafs.
Alex Galchenyuk Up_medium
The 20 year old American has started to heat up, with two points in his last four games. His offensive creativity seems to be flourishing a little more as well, which is something every single Habs fan should be happy to see.
Brandon Prust Injured_medium
Prust was shut down by the Canadiens this week, and will miss the rest of the regular season.
David Desharnais Up_medium
Although his line continues to get slaughtered in terms of scoring chances for/against, Desharnais is putting up points, important points.
Max Pacioretty Up_medium

Pacioretty is a $4.5M cap hit until 2019. Marc Bergevin, we salute you.

Brendan Gallagher Up_medium
Two goals in four games, Gallagher continues to make life hell on opposing goalies.
Ryan White Dash_medium_medium
With the exception of the game versus the Blue Jackets, White was a healthy scratch all week.
Travis Moen Dash_medium_medium
Moen scored his one spectacular goal of the year versus the Avalanche, and treated himself to a +3 night.
Michael Bournival Injured_medium
Michael Bournival was sent down to Hamilton for conditioning, however was quickly called up following the injury to Lars Eller.
Rene Bourque Up_medium
Bourque was a healthy scratch all week, however he did put up two points in his lone game, versus the Leafs. This is probably the only week this year I'll be able to justify giving him an upwards trend, so I'm taking the opportunity and running with it.
George Parros Dash_medium
George Parros hasn't played since March 5th versus the Ducks. That's a good thing.
Thomas Vanek Up_medium
Four goals in four games, including a hat trick versus the Avalanche. Bergevin's trade deadline acquisition is paying off in a big way.
Dale Weise Up_medium
Two goals in four games is as good as it gets from a fourth liner. His speed and energy has added a legitimate upgrade on the fourth line, making Habs fans quickly forget Raphael Diaz.
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