Montreal clinched a playoff spot and won 3 of the 4 games they played this week, with their only loss coming to their probably playoff opponents, the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The usual suspects ended up with a red arrow, although a few players that usually find themselves with up trends also received a down trend vote. As per usual, Carey Price deserved a gigantic green arrow.
||The Olympic gold medalist took home a win in three of the four starts this week, and despite the loss to Tampa he produced a long list of highlight saves. Where would the Habs be without Price? Let's not think about it.|
||Budaj hasn't seen any action since the win versus Boston back on March 24th.|
||Subban has 3 points in his last 3 games, however some defensive struggles, and Therrien's confusing usage led him to a neutral rating this week. As long as Bouillon remains on Subban's pairing, Subban will struggle to cover for him defensively AND put up points. Even though it's worth noting he's done an admirable job trying to compensate for his weak partner.|
||Markov's week wasn't impressive, yet it wasn't particularly bad either. A neutral rating for Markov means that Montreal's best d-men both had mediocre weeks, which of course is not a good sign for the Habs.|
||Gorges suffered a fractured hand versus the Maple Leafs in early March. He he underwent surgery and mentioned he would like to be back for April 9th.|
|Alexei Emelin||I wrote last week that it was Emelin's best stretch of games of the season, but it turns out I was wrong. Emelin continued his strong play this week, and even added some offensive production to top it all off.|
||All eyes are on Vanek, but Mike Weaver might end up being the smartest pick up by Bergevin and co. at the deadline. He brings a smart, reliable presence to the bottom pairing. What's not to like about Mike Weaver?|
|Francis Bouillon||Bouillon was a healthy scratch versus the Sabres, but slotted back into the lineup for the following three games. 0 points in his last 8 games played (most of the time with Subban) means Bouillon gets his usual downwards trend.|
||Giveaways, bad positioning, slow skating & an ugly head shot. Douglas Murray continues to be Douglas Murray. Although the head shot is something new in his repertoire of terrible hockey.|
||Drewiske has been reassigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs.|
||Tinordi only played two games this week, but he fared pretty well in both. Unfortunately due to Therrien's coaching style, the young hulking defender is deathly afraid of making an error, and is playing on eggshells every shift. Not a great environment to develop a prospect in.|
||He should be with the Habs, but he isn't. I refuse to remove him from this list, as deep down inside we all know he should be wearing the CH.|
|Tomas Plekanec||Plekanec missed the game versus the Panthers for personal reasons. Yet his two goal performance versus the Wings, combined with his continuous stellar defensive play earns him an upwards trend.|
||Gionta's play away from his usual centre, Tomas Plekanec, has been verging on awful. I like to defend the captain as much as possible, but it was not a good week for #21.|
||Briere continues to receive a very limited amount of ice time, but he somehow continues to produce. He's not a game changer, but he's doing about as well as anyone could expect considering his current usage.|
||0 points in his last 8 games. How the hell does Eller earn an upwards trend? Well, his play has been great. Despite not hitting the score sheet Eller has been playing excellent hockey. He's creating scoring chances, but his luck is yet to change. It hasn't been a great year for Eller, but he's still giving his all, every shift.|
||Galchenyuk continues to create chances, but his defensive play could use some work. He had a rough game versus the Red Wings, and rarely hit the score sheet. It's a rare down trend for Galchenyuk, one that he'll surely bounce back from.|
||Prust was shut down by the Canadiens in mid-March, and will miss the rest of the regular season.|
||His line is still getting out-chanced at even strength, but Desharnais is putting up points. At this stage in the season it's weird to see Desharnais not hit the score sheet on a regular basis, and that's good news for the Habs.|
4 goals in 5 games. Max Pacioretty continues to be one of the best goal scorers in the NHL.
And he's ours, all ours. Suck it Phaneuf.
|Brendan Gallagher||It was a quiet week for Gallagher in terms of offensive production. He did manage a goal versus the Bolts, however Montreal will need him to heat up if they hope to make some noise in the playoffs.|
||After sitting for several games as a health scratch, White returned to the lineup and performed fairly well on the penalty kill. He started off with a 4 hit game versus Buffalo, but slowed down his physical game in the following games.|
|Travis Moen||Travis Moen received a concussion in a fight versus Miller in the game against Boston. That'll teach Miller not to hit our guys!|
|Michael Bournival||Michael Bournival returned from his conditioning stint in Hamilton, and played primarily in a 4th line role.|
||If I had a nickel for every time I put a red arrow beside Rene Bourque's name, I would have enough money to buy a post card and send it to him to remind the man that he's in no position to complain about his ice time. Seriously, a nickel isn't very much money these days, and postage has gone up.|
||His only game came versus the Panthers. As it stands, logically it should be the last game that Parros dresses for this year.|
||6 points in 4 games, Vanek continues to impress on the offensive side of things. Defensively it's a whole other issue, but Vanek was acquired to score goals and make passes, which is exactly what he's doing.|
||Dale Weise injured his tendon in the game versus the Bruins, and is expected to miss a couple weeks.|