Max Pacioretty LW MON 2 days ago

Pacioretty returned to the lineup in Game 2, scoring a goal and firing three shots on goal in a win over Ottawa.

A great return for Pacioretty, who had been out of the lineup since April. 5 with an upper-body injury. While Pacioretty hasn't been a huge playoff performer in his career, the 26-year-old appears to be in full health and will play a large role in determining how far the Habs make it this postseason.

Max Pacioretty LW MON 2 days ago

Pacioretty will play on Friday in Game 2 of the Habs' playoff series against the Senators, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

Pacioretty will almost certainly return to his spot on Montreal's second line with David Desharnais and Devante Smith-Pelly. Pacioretty, who has tallied 37 goals and 30 assists in 80 games this season, should provide a noticeable offensive boost for the Canadiens.

Max Pacioretty LW MON 2 days ago

Pacioretty (upper body) is considered a game-time decision for Friday's Game 2 against the Senators, Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette reports.

Pacioretty missed Wednesday's Game 1, but he was cleared for contact earlier in the week and could return as soon as Friday. He worked with a regular line at Thursday's practice, which is an encouraging sign, but the team is yet to tip its hand as to what his status will be for Game 2.

Max Pacioretty LW MON 3 days ago

Pacioretty (upper body) worked on a line with David Desharnais and Devante Smith-Pelly during Thursday's practice, John Lu of TSN Montreal reports.

While Pacioretty's status for Friday's Game 2 against the Sens has yet to be confirmed, the fact that he was working on a regular line Thursday bodes well for his availability on that front. Meanwhile, fellow Habs' foward P.A. Parenteau is considered day-to-day with an upper body injury, while Ottawa's Mark Stone is iffy for Friday's game -- at a minimum -- due to a wrist injury.

Max Pacioretty LW MON 4 days ago

Coach Michel Therrien said Pacioretty (upper body) has been ruled out for Wednesday's postseason opener against the Senators, John Lu of TSN Montreal reports.

Pacioretty was forced out of the Canadiens' final two regular-season matches due to the injury, but there was some hope he might be able to play in Game 1 after he was cleared for contact earlier this week. However, he wasn't a participant in line rushes during Wednesday's morning skate, and will now receive some extra time off to heal up. Therrien wouldn't rule Pacioretty out for Friday's Game 2, but the winger will probably need to demonstrate to the coaching staff that he's healthy the morning of the game before slotting back into the lineup. With Pacioretty unavailable Wednesday, Devante Smith-Pelly is slated to occupy a top-six role.

Max Pacioretty LW MON 5 days ago

Pacioretty (upper body) has been cleared for contact, TSN's John Lu reports.

That said, Lu adds that coach Michel Therrien indicated that at this stage he'd be surprised if Pacioretty played Wednesday against the Senators, but so far such an outcome has yet to be ruled out.

Max Pacioretty LW MON 5 days ago

Pacioretty (upper body) participated in Tuesday's practice, but did not take part in regular line rushes, TSN's John Lu reports.

While Pacioretty's presence on the ice Tuesday is encouraging, his status for Wednesday's playoff opener against the Senators remains unclear at this stage, with Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports noting that the winger doesn't appear to have been cleared for contact yet.

Max Pacioretty LW MON 6 days ago

Pacioretty (upper body) hopes to be cleared for contact Tuesday, Arpon Basu of LNH.com reports.

At this stage, Pacioretty isn't yet cleared for contact, and it's uncertain whether he will be ready for Wednesday's playoff opener against the Senators. The Habs, however, don't seem inclined to rush Pacioretty back and according to coach Michel Therrien, the forward won't suit up again until he is 100 percent.

Max Pacioretty LW MON 6 days ago

Pacioretty (upper body) practiced with the team wearing a normal jersey Monday, Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette Background reports.

Pacioretty continues to progress towards a return for the Canadiens as they prepare for the playoffs, and passed the biggest hurdle Monday by returning to full practice. At this point, it seems possible he'll be ready for the opening playoff game Monday, but his status should be updated at some point before the game Wednesday.

Max Pacioretty LW MON 1 week ago

Pacioretty skated for just under a half hour Saturday morning, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

Pacioretty wasn't doing any work with the puck, so the skate session strictly amounted to cardio work. Coach Michel Therrien hasn't unveiled a timetable for the star winger's return, so it's unknown at this time if he'll be available for the Habs' first game of the playoffs.