David Desharnais C MON 4 Days
David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty have been absolutely buzzing during the last nine contests.
The duo has combined for 19 points along with 55 shots on goal during this hot streak. Desharnais was off to an atrocious start with just one point in his first 19 contests, but has completely turned the corner while posting a point-per-game pace in the last nine. There's a couple of factors to be wary about. Both of his ice-time average of 16:47 and shots on goal (11 in nine) are a bit low in terms of justifying a continued point production pace, so do expect a regression as the season progresses. For the time being if you're looking for a "hot hand" to ride, then Desharnais could certainly be a great candidate.
David Desharnais C MON 12 Days
David Desharnais notched a goal and an assist in Montreal's 3-1 win over Buffalo.
His power-play goal Wednesday held up as the game winner and his assist came on a Habs' man advantage as well. After a very slow start, Desharnais has started producing. He has two goals and five points in his last four games.
David Desharnais C MON 18 Days
David Desharnais scored his first goal of the season in Montreal's 3-2 win against Washington Friday night, making it three points in two games for the struggling Hab.
Brushing off criticism from seemingly everyone including Montreal's mayor, the 27 year-old now looks for consistency as he strives to return to the form that scored him 60 points in 2011-12.
David Desharnais C MON 20 Days
David Desharnais contributed two assists in Montreal's 6-2 win against Minnesota.
He assisted on two of Max Pacioretty's three goals in the contest. The two of them had plenty of chemistry during the 2011-12 campaign and they recaptured some of that magic on Tuesday. Desharnais had one helper in 19 games heading into the Canadiens' win over the Wild.
David Desharnais C MON 22 Days
David Desharnais centered Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher at Monday's practice.
Tomas Plekanec was flanked by Rene Bourque and Brian Gionta, while Lars Eller played with Alex Galchenyuk and Brandon Prust. Daniel Briere in the middle of Michael Bournival and Travis Moen rounded out the Canadiens' revamped combinations ahead of Tuesday's game versus Minnesota.
David Desharnais C MON 24 Days
David Desharnais finally contributed something positive to the Canadiens' cause.
He scored the shootout winner in the Habs' 3-2 victory over Columbus Friday night. Desharnais has been downright awful this season and has been criticized by almost everyone in Montreal including the mayor. He was also a healthy scratch Tuesday night. Desharnais started Friday's game centering the fourth unit but was moved up to the third line during the contest. Maybe, just maybe this positive game will jump start his season. Watch how he performs Saturday against the Rangers.
David Desharnais C MON 26 Days
David Desharnais was a healthy scratch for the second time this year on Tuesday night.
He has produced one assist and 17 shots in 17 games this campaign. Desharnais was pulled from the lineup against Tampa Bay to make room for Daniel Briere's return from injury. Briere also lined up as a center, which could complicate where Desharnais fits into the lineup when he suits up again.
David Desharnais C MON 29 Days
The newly-elected mayor of Montreal has angered a number of Canadiens players and coaches with his recent comments about Habs forward David Desharnais.
The much-maligned center has struggled this season, but new mayor Denis Coderre fanned the flames by tweeting critical remarks about the player last week, writing "Hello? Can we please get a one-way ticket to (minor-league) Hamilton for David Desharnais please." A number of members of the Montreal organization were displeased and have uniformly stood by their teammate. Perhaps this will light a fire beneath the scuffling forward and send him on a hot streak. Stranger things have happened.
David Desharnais C MON 1 Month
David Desharnais will suit up Thursday night after being a healthy scratch on Tueday.
"We wanted him to take a step back and we didn't want to wait too long to bring him back in the lineup," coach Michel Therrien said Wednesday after practice. Desharnais has produced just one assist in 15 games this season.