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    Post by jedi17 Fri 06 Jan 2017, 7:52 pm

    Gallagher out eight weeks with a fractured hand. Scherbak to make NHL debut
    January 6, 2017, 4:08 PM ET [18 Comments]
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    Just as initially feared, Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher broke his hand against the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night, the most recent victim from getting in the way of a Shea Weber slap shot. He had surgery to repair the hand in Montréal on Thursday and will be out a minimum of eight weeks. The timing was particularly cruel for Gallagher as he was seemingly just starting to play up to his usual standards after struggling for much of the 2016/2017 season.


    Gallagher had started the season well, recording nine points in his first ten games while playing on the first line with Alex Galchenyuk and Max Pacioretty. Once taken off the first line in order to allow Radulov to play Galchenyuk, Gallagher’s production fell while he get away from playing his hard nose brand of hockey in and being a pest with a smile in the opposing goaltender's crease. His play as of late had started to improve, earning him a promotion back to the first line alongside Pacioretty and Phillip Danault as well as time on the first powerplay unit where he was back to artfully screening goaltenders. Last season when he fractured his hand in November, the offense fell apart while Gallagher was out of the lineup as he was the spark plug that got the team going. This time around, it is perhaps Paul Byron who will be harder to replace in the top six although his upper body injury does not sound too serious. Byron did not practice with the team in Toronto and worked out off-ice on Friday.


    To replace Byron and Gallagher in the lineup, Sven Andrighetto has once again been called along with Nikita Scherbak from the St. John's Ice Caps. It has been confirmed that they will both be in the lineup Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The revised forward lines at practice were:


    Pacioretty - Danault - Radulov
    Lehkonen - Plekanec - Andrighetto 
    Carr - Mitchell - Flynn
    Farnham - McCarron - Scherbak


    It will be a big moment for Scherbak as the Canadiens 2014 first round pick will be making his NHL debut. He has 20 points in 27 games played with the Ice Caps and has recently recovered from a shoulder injury. Scherbak had a rough start to his season, needing time to get over the disappointment of not performing well enough at training camp. Once he came around and started to dedicate himself at both ends of the ice, Scherbak started to produce consistently and become one of the Ice Caps better players. Had he not gotten injured in December, he likely would have been called up and given an opportunity a littler earlier on the Canadiens current road trip.


    There will be less pressure for Scherbak to start his NHL career on the fourth line. He will be comfortable playing with McCarron, a frequent linemate and one of his best friends and so the transition should be a little easier. If he proves himself on the ice then he will earn more ice time, hopefully some of which will be on the powerplay where the Canadiens could use his skill. Many fans are eager to see Scherbak and Radulov on the ice at the same time but as they are both right wingers the likelihood is low.


    It will yet another opportunity for Andrighetto to demonstrate that he is good enough to play regularly in the NHL. In the past he has found some success for a few games but has been able to put together a solid stretch of ten games playing reliable hockey in his own end. A line of himself, Artturi Lehkonen and Tomas Plekanec has some potential but much of it depends on which edition of Plekanec shows up to play. Andrighetto is in a catch-22, too good to play in the AHL but not good enough to play consistently in the NHL. It will not be a surprise if he leaves North America once the season is over to play in Europe or the KHL.

    Perhaps the biggest loser with all of the Canadiens injuries is Charles Hudon who continues to be out with an injury in St. John's. This should have been a golden chance to step up and earn a regular spot in the lineup he has had some very unfortunate luck and been on the wrong side of timing this season.


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    A heartfelt congratulations are in order for Team USA winning the 2017 World Junior Championships, as well as to Canadiens prospects Noah Juulsen and Mikhaïl Sergachev for winning silver and bronze respectively with Canada and Russia. Yes, it was obviously disappointing that Canada gave up a two goal lead twice in the gold medal game. However, full credit goes to team USA who never gave up. The game was absolutely spectacular and became an instant classic. People have been worried about the development of hockey in Canada with their past struggles. These kids fought hard and gave everything that they had. Their performance was something to be proud of. Juulsen has proven to be a very steady defenseman and will complement a more offensively gifted partner although his own skill is underrated. While Sergachev’s tournament was average at best, he is still only 18 years old and will only improve with time.


    Hockey Canada has been crucified for their high ticket prices in Montréal. The criticism is deserved as they got greedy for thinking that they could charge NHL prices to watch teenagers play hockey. They made the city of Montréal look bad for not coming out and supporting the tournament but in these tight times, it is hard for families to justify paying high prices when they could comfortably watch the game at home.  


    The Canadiens have hopefully paid close attention as they do not want a lot of empty seats when they move their AHL affiliate to Laval next season. They must make the ticket prices family friendly in order for it to work. Otherwise, the players will be wishing that they were back playing in supportive St. John’s rather than an empty sparkling new arena.

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