Tomas Plekanec C MON 1 Month

Plekanec, who has three goals in the first two games, has been able to play more offensively because Manny Malhotra is taking on more of the defensive responsibilities that burdened Plekanec in recent seasons, the Montreal Gazette reports. "[Malhotra's] taken on the defensive roles that Pleky was playing and, as a coach, I'm able to use Pleky in more offensive roles, and so far it's been pretty good," said head coach Michel Therrien.

Prior to Malhotra, it was Plekanec that would take important defensive-zone faceoffs and get the load of ice time when Montreal was a man down. Now, Malhotra is able to assume some of that responsibility, freeing Plekanec to take a more offensive bent. It also helps that he's been skating with better offensive players, like Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher.

Tomas Plekanec C MON 1 Month

Plekanec scored Montreal's lone regulation goal in Thursday night's 2-1 shootout win over the Capitals.

Plekanec is streaking to start the season, having scored three goals in two games.

Tomas Plekanec C MON 2 Months

Plekanec potted a pair of goals in Wednesday's win over the Maple Leafs.

Plekanec got off to a hot start Wednesday night as his two goals powered the Habs to a victory over the Maple Leafs. His second goal came at the 19:17 mark of the third period to break the tie and earn him a mark in the GWG column.

Tomas Plekanec C MON 6 Months

Tomas Plekanec found the back of the net in Montreal's 7-4 win Tuesday night.

Plekanec snapped his eight-game goal scoring drought. He has four goals and nine points in 16 playoff contests.

Tomas Plekanec C MON 6 Months

Tomas Plekanec snapped a four-game point drought on Thursday.

Plekanec had an assist in Montreal's 3-2 overtime victory in Game 3. He still has no goals, two assists, and a minus-four rating in his last seven contests.

Tomas Plekanec C MON 7 Months

Tomas Plekanec produced the game-winning goal in Game 3 versus the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Plekanec gave the Canadiens a 3-1 lead at 5:43 of the third period and they held on for a 3-2 victory. He has two goals on nine shots in the series.

Tomas Plekanec C MON 8 Months

Tomas Plekanec (personal) is expected to be back with the Canadiens on Monday for practice.

He missed Saturday's game because of "family reasons," but he was projected to rejoin his teammates in Florida on Sunday night. Montreal visits the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday and Plekanec should be back in the lineup.

Tomas Plekanec C MON 8 Months

We would not count on Tomas Plekanec making it to Florida in time for Saturday night's game against the Panthers.

He did not travel with his teammates from Detroit to Florida Thursday night but instead returned to Montreal on Friday to attend to a family matter. If Plekanec does not play, Lars Eller will be one beneficiary as he will move up a line to play alongside Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher. George Parros would aslo benefit as he would likely dress and play on Montreal's fourth line.

Tomas Plekanec C MON 8 Months

Tomas Plekanec has temporarily left the Canadiens to attend to a personal matter.

Montreal is scheduled to play in Florida on Saturday and we would be surprised if he's back in time for that game. He has 20 goals and 41 points in 75 games this season.

Tomas Plekanec C MON 8 Months

Tomas Plekanec netted two goals in Thursday's 5-4 win over Detroit.

He hit the 20-goal mark for the sixth time in his career thanks to Thursday's effort. Plekanec has never reached the 30-goal plateau. He has 41 points in 75 games this season.