Here’s all the latest Montreal Canadiens news, highlights, and stories you may have missed on Thursday.
- Cayden Primeau was given just his second start of the month against the Ottawa Senators. The 24-year-old goaltender has had great stats on the road this season, but there’s no doubt he’s struggling to find his rhythm with the lack of action.
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- After great games against the Colorado Avalanche and the Winnipeg Jets, the Canadiens laid an egg on Thursday night against the 30th-place Senators. Primeau was swimming in his crease, the defensive structure was absent, and the offensive prowess was nowhere to be found. Joshua Roy’s line played well, and Michael Pezzetta beat up a much bigger opponent, but overall, it was a terrible effort from the Canadiens. [Canadiens Embarrassed Again Versus 30th Place Senators]
- Here’s another look at Pezzzetta’s fight, for those who missed it. He gave up a few inches and about 20 lbs to his opponent, Zach MacEwen.
Michael Pezzetta loves fighting bigger opponents. #GoHabsGo
Big W over MacEwen here. pic.twitter.com/N3Swg7ejCS
— Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) January 19, 2024
- Captain Nick Suzuki suggested the team was ready to play on Thursday, despite the embarrassing loss.
#Habs Nick Suzuki on losing to the #Sens: "obviously we know where they are in the standings but they always play us hard…we were talking about it, ready for it just didn't go out there and execute so it's definitely on us – we have to be better."
— Priyanta Emrith (@HabsInHighHeels) January 19, 2024
- Top prospect David Reinbacher was spotted getting some new equipment in Dübendorf, Switzerland
Hey David 👋 😊 pic.twitter.com/TfDXu7XtLa
— /r/Habs (@HabsOnReddit) January 18, 2024
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- Chicago Blackhawks goalie Petr Mrazek could only smile when pressed about any discussions about re-signing with the team. “Ha, good one right,” Mrazek chuckled when asked if his agent had discussions with general manager Kyle Davidson. “You have to ask him. I haven’t talked to him for a few days.” [Chicago Blackhawks]
- It’s been a few years since the Colorado Avalanche had a top prospect from the CHL in their system, but if the last few months are any indication, they may have found a good one in Calum Ritchie. The 18-year-old center, who the Avalanche selected 27th overall in the 2023 NHL Draft, is off to a torrid start with the Oshawa Generals. Since returning from off-season shoulder surgery, he’s picked up 35 points in 22 games and looks like a significantly improved player. The team is also benefiting from his return, as they’ve gone 12-6-4 since he re-entered the lineup. Prior to that, they had an 8-9 record. [Colorado Avalanche]
- The Pittsburgh Penguins have not had any trade talks regarding winger Jake Guentzel. At least not yet. Penguins president of hockey operations/GM Kyle Dubas again used his weekly radio show to break a little news, or in this case, quell recent chatter surrounding Guentzel, a pending unrestricted free agent. [Pittsburgh Penguins]