Ramblings: Cozens and Parayko update; new line mates for Staal; Girard; Hamilton – April 6

Michael Clifford

2021-04-06

Dylan Cozens skated after Buffalo's practice on Monday, an indication that he's starting to get close to returning. We got an update on Dylan Cozens and his possibility for returning a little later:

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Brendan Lemieux skated for Los Angeles in practice on Monday and though he didn't play Monday night, it does appear he's close to suiting up for a game. It will be interesting to see where they slot him.

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Colton Parayko returned for the Blues in their 6-1 loss against Vegas. He had been out since February but is back and skated just under 20 minutes while blocking three shots.

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Jaroslav Halak is on the COVID list with a positive test. We know what that means: watch Boston news very closely for the next few days. We have seen this spiral out of control on a couple teams already.

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Eric Staal lined up between Jonathan Drouin and Tyler Toffoli to start the game on Monday night. That effectively leaves Jesperi Kotkaniemi as the 4C. Staal was also moved to the top PP unit.

In that game, Brendan Gallagher took an Alexander Romanov shot, it appeared, to the hand and left the game, not to return. He has had these issues in the past so this is obviously a concern for Gallagher and the Habs as he has a fractured hand. Timeline is yet to be determined.

Eric Staal scored the overtime winner in his first game in a Habs uniform. Not a bad way to make a first impression with your new teammates.

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Jake DeBrusk was on the third line for Boston's 3-2 overtime loss to Philly, having taken a couple weeks with a COVID protocols of his own.

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Pierre-Luc Dubois had two goals in Winnipeg's 4-3 win. That gives him eigh