Coming off what might have been their worst game of the season on Thursday night, the Montreal Canadiens are getting some good news for their game on Saturday against the New York Rangers when forwards Alex Galchenyuk and Andrew Shaw make their returns to the lineup.
Both players have missed more than a month due to injury.
Galchenyuk, having been sidelined since Dec. 4 with a knee injury, is the big one here. Prior to his injury he was arguably the Canadiens’ best forward with this season with 23 points in his first 25 games. His continued progress into a top-line scorer was one of the biggest factors in the team’s incredible start and a big reason for optimism that they should be able to maintain it. He took his place between Max Pacioretty and Alexander Radulov at the morning skate on Saturday.
Acquired in an offseason trade with the Chicago Blackhawks, Shaw has six goals and nine assists in 29 games this season. He is not the impact player that Galchenyuk is, but he is still a useful depth player that can chip in a little bit of offense. He was skating on a line with Phillip Danault and Paul Byron at the morning skate.
Even with the growing list of injuries over the past month the Canadiens mostly continued their winning ways, going 9-5-4 since Galchenyuk was sidelined.