Montreal Canadiens player trends: April 8th

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Your weekly Habs player trends, accounting for the first week of April.

As the playoffs approach most individuals are playing good quality hockey, meaning that this week's edition of player trends is littered with green arrows.

Habs Trends
Goalies Trend Notes
Carey Price Up_medium
Price lost his first game since March 20th, however no one in their right minds would suggest that he hasn't been the main reason Montreal continues to win.
Peter Budaj Dash_medium_medium
Flanders' revenge was in full swing this week, despite giving up 3 early goals to the Senators, Budaj rebounded to put up a 39 save performance.
Defensemen

P.K. Subban Down_medium
As anyone would expect with a rookie, Subban continues to get benched for every single mistake he makes. Hopefully the public berating will help him become a better person, and who knows maybe one day he'll even win a Norris trophy. Maybe.
Andrei Markov Dash_medium_medium
Markov isn't playing his best hockey of the year, but he's still one of Montreal's best defenders on a regular basis....which I suppose isn't saying much.
Josh Gorges Injured_medium
Gorges suffered a fractured hand versus the Maple Leafs in early March. He he underwent surgery and hopes to be back in action tomorrow versus the Blackhawks.
Alexei Emelin Up_medium The Russian defender got speared in the cojones for the second time this season, this time by Jurco. That means that Emelin is back to his good ole ways of pissing off opponents until they lose their minds and attack his genitalia.
Mike Weaver Up_medium
Mike Weaver has been a godsend. Tough, smart, and lately he's been putting up a lot of points. Cue the Gary Wright, because so far his tenure with the Habs has been a dream.
Francis Bouillon Dash_medium_medium
He's trying. Gosh darn it, he's trying.
Douglas Murray Up_medium
This was easily Douglas Murray's best stretch of games during the year. No giveaways, no screening his own goalie, no giving away odd-man rushes thrice per game. Keep it up Douglas!
Davis Drewiske Dash_medium_medium
Drewiske has been reassigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs.
Jarred Tinordi Up_medium
Tinordi is in danger of joining Subban on one and done Island, yet he's not letting the Damocles sword hanging over his head ruin his game....yet. Bonus points for Tinordi: He punched that slime bag Gryba in the face several times, which was nice.
Nathan Beaulieu Dash_medium_medium
Welcome to the big leagues kid. The pressbox is over there. Try the veal.
Forwards
Tomas Plekanec Up_medium Plekanec will never be a true 1 center. He just continues to face all the top quality of competition and he continues to produce Selke worthy seasons. Can you say overrated?
Brian Gionta Up_medium
Gionta clearly can't play away from Plekanec. Just ignore his two goals versus a desperate Red Wings club. Those aren't important.
Daniel Briere
Down_medium
Briere probably should have apologized for running over Michel Therrien's dog. On a completely unrelated note, Briere continues to get demoted to 4th line duties, while it was announced this morning that Rene Bourque would be playing on the 3rd line.
Lars Eller Up_medium
Lars' effort is finally being rewarded. He's started to produce, and although he's only making $1.325M this year, fans are still firmly planted on his back. Good luck young Dane, you will need it to survive the circus that is known as the Canadiens.
Alex Galchenyuk
Up_medium
Jaime Lannister is jealous of Alex Galchenyuk, because Alex has two golden hands, and not just one.
Brandon Prust Injured_medium
Prust was shut down by the Canadiens in mid-March, and will miss the rest of the regular season.
David Desharnais Up_medium
David Desharnais is too small to survive in the NHL. Also, he happens to be centering one of the hottest lines in the league, again.
Max Pacioretty Up_medium

Max Pacioretty is so hot that they've ordered geological surveys to make sure he's not about to erupt. 8 goals in 6 games is as good as it gets for a perimeter specialist like Max.

Brendan Gallagher Dash_medium_medium 2 points in three games this week is a decent result for the feisty forward, however he's struggling to adapt to a stronger QoC.
Ryan White Dash_medium_medium
Ryan White wasn't all that noticeable this week, save for some smart penalty killing. Although in preparation for the game versus the Senators I came to the conclusion that he was the best part of that series. His trolling of Latendresse will always bring a smile to my face.
Travis Moen Injured_medium Travis Moen received a concussion in a fight versus Miller in the game against Boston. That'll teach Miller not to hit our guys! He's still suffering from concussion like symptoms, which is another way of saying the brain injury is still an issue.
Michael Bournival Dash_medium_medium Michael Bournival scored versus the Wings, but has seemed to have lost a step since his return from the AHL.
Rene Bourque Dash_medium_medium Bourque almost scored, he almost got an assist, he almost made a breakaway pass, he almost had a breakaway of his own and he almost showed up on the score sheet on several occasions. A great almost week for Bourque.
George Parros Dash_medium
I've never watched the show Deadwood, but I assume George would make a fantastic extra if need be.
Thomas Vanek Up_medium
8 points in his last 5 games. No big deal. (David Clarkson has 11 points in 57 games with the Leafs, which has nothing to do with Vanek but it's still quite funny)
Dale Weise Injured_medium
Dale Weise injured his wrist tendon in the game versus the Bruins, and is nearing a return.
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