Habs Daily Recap: March 23rd

Photo: Francois Lacasse, Getty Images

Photo: Francois Lacasse, Getty Images

Yannick Weber skated at morning skate on Saturday. Brandon Prust and Rene Bourque were not there. That was the second day in a row that Bourque did not skate. Later it was reported that he did have a setback. Per Lavoie, Weber will be able to practice with contact on Monday.

Habs have claimed a familiar face on waivers, Jeff Halpern. Halpern only had one assist in 30 games with the Rangers who have had their fair share of struggles so far this season. However, Halpern should not be the player you rely on to put up many points in the first place. He is great for face-offs, smart defensive play and can handle time on the penalty kill. He previously played for Montreal in the 2010-2011 season where he put up 26 points in 72 games. Some wanted the Canadiens to re-sign him after that year but the Habs decided to let him walk to free agency. Now he is back, but his former number 15 is claimed by Nokelainen, therefore Halpern will wear number 24.

The game on Saturday night against the Sabres was Travis Moen’s 600th in the NHL. He played just 7 minutes and 5 seconds in the entire game and had one takeaway. The Canadiens did dominate the entire game against Buffalo but were unable to come out with a victory. They continue to have issues against their division rival. Miller shut the door for most of the game, only letting in one goal by Michael Ryder on the powerplay. Other than that, he stopped 38 of 39 shots. With this loss, the point streak for the Canadiens has officially ended.

After shutting out his former team on Friday, Tokarski let in 3 goals against the Senators Saturday. They would add an empty netter to win 4-2 over the Bulldogs. New addition to the team, Belzile, had two assists in the game which puts him at 3 points in 2 games so far. The two goals from Hamilton against the Sens came from St-Denis and Pateryn, both of them were their 5th goals of the season. Their next game is on the 27th against the Heat.

Prospect Update:

  • Klubertanz had 2PIM and a -1 rating
  • Corbin remained even
  • Delmas let in 4 goals on 33 shots, pulled in the 2nd
  • Leveille recorded an assist
  • Archambault was a +1
  • Bozon potted two goals, had a +2 rating and 2PIM
  • Hudon was a -1 against the Québec Remparts
  • Bennett had a +1 rating

*Apologize for no update on March 22nd

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