All the latest Montreal Canadiens news, highlights, and stories from this past weekend.
- Top prospects Filip Mesar and Owen Beck continue to enjoy very solid Draft + 2 seasons in the OHL. It helps that both players are currently on strong teams, but they’re a big part of why the Kitchener Rangers and Peterborough Petes are enjoying so much success. [Montreal Canadiens Prospects Mesar And Beck Erasing Doubts]
- Saturday night’s game against the Buffalo Sabres epitomized entertainment. Jayden Struble scored his first career goal, Cayden Primeau made dozens of high-danger saves, and Juraj Slafkovsky got into a fight. Oh, and he also won the game with a great move in the shootout. [Canadiens Struble Scores, Slafkovsky Stars In Win Vs Sabres
- The Montreal Canadiens followed up their win with a very strong effort against the Nashville Predators. They had significantly more scoring chances. They also controlled the play for most of the game. But another poor start and a lifeless powerplay cost them in the 2-1 loss. [Ice-Cold Powerplay Costs Canadiens In Loss To Predators]
- There was some bad news on the injury front. Again. Tanner Pearson is going to miss four to six weeks due to an upper-body injury. He took a puck to the hand in Saturday’s game against the Sabres.
L'attaquant Tanner Pearson ratera de 4 à 6 semaines d'activité en raison d'une blessure au haut du corps.
Forward Tanner Pearson will be out for 4 to 6 weeks due to an upper-body injury.#GoHabsGo
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) December 11, 2023
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- The Pittsburgh Penguins made a little news splash Sunday morning when they signed former fourth-overall pick Jesse Puljujarvi to a free-agent tryout. He had double hip surgery in the offseason and has been rehabbing toward an NHL return. [Pittsburgh Penguins]
- There’s much ongoing debate over what punishment should be meted out following Saturday’s episode that left Detroit Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin unconscious and face down on the ice. [Detroit Red Wings]
- Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog has returned to Denver and it sounds like it might be permanent. The 31-year-old winger has been spending most of his time rehabbing in the Toronto area since having knee surgery back in May. [Colorado Avalanche]