Ramblings: Habs Put Up 10, Lightning and Blues Mixing Up Their Lines and more (Dec 3)

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Laidlaw filling in for Ian after a loaded Saturday of action. Let’s get to it.


The Montreal Canadiens obliterated the Red Wings 10-1, extending Carey Price’s winning streak to four games. Why does Price get the lead billing? Because the score sheet was dominated by Montreal’s third and fourth lines, which simply won’t help many fantasy owners.

Paul Byron led the way with a hat-trick, while Alex Galchenyuk notched four assists. They have heated up of late. Galchenyuk has eight points in the last five games, while Byron has six in the same stretch. I’m not sure Byron is seeing quite enough ice time to be relevant outside of deep leagues, but perhaps there’s a flyer to be taken here. Galchenyuk is interesting as regression seems to finally be setting in.

No Jonathan Drouin for the second straight game, but he is not expected to miss much time. He had been skating with Galchenyuk and Byron before getting hurt, so he may be coming back to good comfortable surroundings.

Some frustration to be had for Max Pacioretty owners as the top forward was somehow shutout despite the barrage of goals. Use it as buy-low fuel.

Shea Weber returned skating over 22 minutes, notching an assist. That spells the end of our flirtation with Jeff Petry.


Jimmy Howard didn’t even start, but still got hung up for five goals on nine shots. He has been awful over the past couple of weeks as the Red Wings have lost seven in a row, falling towards what we expected of them. Don’t even ask about Petr Mrazek, he’s dead to me.

Check out Detroit’s scoring since November 1: