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P.K. Subban's ice-time took a bit of a hit Monday night against the New York Rangers. Subban played just over 21 minutes, which was his lowest total of the season. He has now gone three games without a point and perhaps all the heavy minutes he has been playing early in the season are starting to take their toll. Montreal is going to need a fresh and healthy Subban for the stretch run, so pacing him slightly right now isn't a terrible idea.
Lars Eller had an impressive night in Montreal's 2-0 win. He snapped a four-game pointless streak with an assist and added three shots, five hits, two blocks, in 20 minutes of action.
Peter Budaj has got to be in the running for best backup in the league. It seems like every time he's out there he gives the Canadiens a chance to win. He made 27 saves for the shutout Monday and he seems to be picking up right where he left off last season, when he had a run of seven straight victories.
I'm still trying to figure out how this Alex Galchenyuk goal counted last night for Montreal and wasn't ruled as a kick in.
The Rangers are clearly missing Rick Nash and Ryan Callahan offensively and they have just four goals in their last four contests, which includes two shutouts.
Chris Kreider looked to be finding his legs as he played nearly 18 minutes and added five hits. He also played over five minutes with the man advantage.
Henrik Lundqvist returned after missing two games with an undisclosed injury.