Montreal Canadiens

Habs’ Petry (flu) returns vs. Sharks

The Montreal Canadiens will have Jeff Petry back in the lineup tonight as they try to create some breathing room between themselves and the Tampa Bay Lightning atop the Atlantic Division.

Petry, who missed Thursday’s 4-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes due to the flu, will replace Nathan Beaulieu when Montreal plays host to the San Jose Sharks.

Petry is averaging 22:24 in ice time in nine games since being acquired from the Edmonton Oilers.

The Habs have a two point lead on the Bolts atop the Atlantic and have a one-point lead on the St. Louis Blues for top spot overall.

San Jose enters Saturday’s action six points back of the Winnipeg Jets for the second wild card seed and five points back of Calgary for the third spot in the Pacific Division.

The Sharks won the only other meeting between the two clubs this season 4-0 on March 2.

Subban fined for diving…again

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PK Subban has received his second fine of the season for diving, meaning the NHL has identified three such incidents by the Canadiens defenseman in 2014-15.

Here’s the latest one, from a March 12 game versus the Senators, that will cost him $3,000:

And here’s the incident, from a game Jan. 29 versus the Rangers, that earned him his first fine of $2,000 :

Subban was first issued a warning for an incident Jan. 6 versus the Lightning.

The next incident, if there is one, will mean a $4,000 fine for Subban.

And the next fine for any Montreal player will mean a $2,000 fine for coach Michel Therrien.

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PHT Morning Skate: Odes to CapGeek’s founder, Price’s selfie pal gives him a letter

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

The Philadelphia Flyers held a closed-door meeting following their latest lose. Hopefully no one brought up an NHL standings page. (CSNPhilly.com)

Good stuff about how Carey Price’s selfie pal became his pen pal. (Global News.ca)

Why “only x points back” type observations can often be misleading during playoff races:

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To little surprise, many members of the hockey community shared their thoughts on Matthew Wuest, CapGeek’s creator who passed away on Thursday.

The Globe & Mail’s James Mirtle had probably the lengthiest account, and it’s worth a read on his old blog (which still provides rushes of nostalgia for those of us who followed the Mirtle blog many moons ago). I provided my condolences at Rotoworld, which admittedly only compliments some of the observations from around the hockey web:

Price adds to Hart Trophy case with 31-save shutout

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The Carolina Hurricanes outshot the Montreal Canadiens 27-12 over the final 40 minutes of tonight’s game and 16-5 in the third period. It didn’t matter as Montreal still earned a 4-0 victory.

Canadiens goaltender Carey Price turned aside 31 shots to match his career-high with his eighth shutout of 2014-15. In doing so, he also further bolstered his case in the battle for the Hart Trophy.

Although goaltenders rarely claim that honor, Price has been invaluable to Montreal this season. Among qualified goaltenders, he’s the only one with a sub-2 GAA (1.89) and is also cleanly leading the pack with his .937 save percentage. Minnesota’s Devan Dubnyk is one of his most serious competitors when it comes to those two categories as he has a 2.10 GAA and .928 save percentage. However Dubnyk, who began the campaign as Arizona’s backup goalie, has started in 13 less games than Price.

There are netminders that measure up to Price in terms of workload, but none have earned more wins. Price’s victory over Carolina was his 39th of 2014-15, which surpasses his previous career-high set in 2010-2011.

Montreal now has a 45-20-7 record as it battles for the Presidents’ Trophy.

Goalie nods: Panthers return ‘our MVP’ Luongo for key tilt versus Wings

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All the latest from the blue paint…

Luongo back for Florida

Roberto Luongo will play for the first time since Mar. 3 when the Panthers host the Red Wings in Sunrise this evening.

Luongo, who’s missed the past six games with a shoulder injury, draws back in looking to keep Florida’s playoff hopes alive. The Panthers went an impressive 3-2-1 during his absence with journeyman Dan Ellis in goal, but know their chances of making the postseason are increased greatly with Bobby Loo in net.

“[Luongo] has been our MVP all year long,” Panthers coach Gerard Gallant said, per NHL.com. “He’s been a great player for us and a great leader and a great character. He’s going to come in tonight and try to do his best.

“He’ll work hard and compete hard and I’m sure the guys will be excited to see him.”

Florida heads into tonight’s action seven points back of Boston (the Bruins take on the Sens in Ottawa tonight), but still has three head-to-head matchups remaining against the B’s.

For Detroit, Petr Mrazek gets the call in net tonight.

Elsewhere…

Sharks at Leafs: Antti Niemi vs. Jonathan Bernier

Canes at Habs: Anton Khudobin vs. Carey Price

Bruins at Senators: Tuukka Rask (probable) vs. Andrew Hammond

Blues at Jets: Brian Elliott vs. Ondrej Pavelec

Caps at Wild: Braden Holtby vs. Devan Dubnyk

Pens at Stars: Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Kari Lehtonen (probable)

Flyers at Flames: Steve Mason vs. Karri Ramo

Jackets at Canucks: (No Columbus starter yet) vs. Eddie Lack

Avs at Coyotes: Semyon Varlamov vs. Louis Domingue