Tomas Plekanec
C MTL
2 days ago

Plekanec had two assists and a rare five-minute major in Thursday's 5-4 loss to Arizona.

EDGE Analysis

In a bit of irony, the Coyotes scored a game-tying goal in the third period while Plekanec, Montreal's best penalty killer, was serving time for his major infraction. The defense-first forward has experienced an uptick in production since he joined a line with Brendan Gallagher and Charles Hudon. Over the past nine games, the 35-year-old Czech has seven points (two goals, five assists) and is plus-9.

Tomas Plekanec
C MTL
1 week ago

Plekanec and linemate Brendan Gallagher have been key pieces in the Canadiens' recent surge, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

Plekanec and Gallagher both struggled mightily last season, but they've been key pieces in Montreal's revival. After a slow start to the season, the Canadiens have won five of their last six games, which roughly tracks with the line changes implemented by head coach Claude Julien. One of the tweaks was putting Plekanec and Gallagher together on what's considered the third line. Over the Habs' six-game run, Plekanec has two goals and three assists while Gallagher checks in with four goals and three assists. Additionally, Plekanec is getting more ice time, averaging 17:20 over the last six games, compared to 14:45 over the first 10 games.

Tomas Plekanec
C MTL
2 weeks ago

Plekanec scored a goal on two shots in Saturday's 5-4 overtime victory over the Jets.

EDGE Analysis

Plekanec had just one point and was minus-5 through the first 11 games, but has registered points (two goals, two assists) in each of the last three while going plus-5 during that span. After the team's miserable start, the Canadiens have discovered a scoring touch over the past half-dozen games and several struggling forwards are beginning to give off a whiff of fantasy value.

Tomas Plekanec
C MTL
3 weeks ago

Plekanec registered a goal, an assist, three shots and a plus-2 rating during Monday's 8-3 win over Ottawa.

EDGE Analysis

This was the first multi-point game of the season for Plekanec, and he entered the contest with just a single goal through 11 outings. The veteran has settled into a defensive-first role for the Habs and projects to continue to struggle finding the scoresheet consistently. There aren't many settings where the veteran is a worthwhile fantasy asset.

Tomas Plekanec
C MTL
1 month ago

Plekanec, who missed the morning skate, played 17:10 in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Maple Leafs. He had four shots on net and served on the second-unit power play.

EDGE Analysis

Plekanec was a game-time decision after missing the morning skate, but had the third highest amount of ice time among Montreal forwards.

Tomas Plekanec
C MTL
1 month ago

Plekanec (illness) took part in warmups and appears ready for Saturday's tilt with Toronto, John Lu of TSN.ca reports.

EDGE Analysis

The long-time Canadien missed out on Saturday's morning skate due to flu-like symptoms, but has seemingly recovered in time for Saturday's divisional clash. While Plekanec saw his production fall sharply from 54 points in 2016-17 to 28 points in 2017-18, remaining in a top-six role should keep provide enough opportunities for him to make a meaningful fantasy impact.

Tomas Plekanec
C MTL
1 month ago

Plekanec (illness) is a game-time decision for Saturday's tilt against the Maple Leafs, Jean-Francois Chaumont of Le Journal de Montreal reports.

EDGE Analysis

This information was relayed from Habs coach Claude Julien. Pierre LeBrun of TSN further reports that Pleks, who has one goal with a minus-2 rating through four contests this year, missed Saturday's morning skate due to flu-like symptoms.

Tomas Plekanec
C MTL
1 month ago

Plekanec scored his first goal of the season and had four shots on net, three blocked shots and a hit over 13:56 of ice time in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Blackhawks.

EDGE Analysis

Plekanec was forechecking when he intercepted a clearing pass as the Hawks attempted to break out. He quickly spun around and surprised Corey Crawford, beating him low to the glove side 75 seconds into the first period. The 1-0 lead was Montreal's first non-shootout lead of the season. Plekanec is starting the season on the third line, centering a line with youngsters Charles Hudon and Artturi Lehkonen. That unit has generated a few scoring chances early in the season, combining for 41 shots through the first four games, but the Canadiens are having trouble putting pucks past goalies.

Tomas Plekanec
C MTL
5 months ago

Plekanec is a candidate to be selected by the Golden Knights in the expansion draft after the Habs left him exposed Saturday, The New York Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

One of the most notable players left unprotected, Plekanec saw a steep decline in offensive production this past season. He went from 54 points in the prior year, all the way down to 28 combined goals and assists in his 13th go-around with Montreal. What was the reason for the free fall, you ask? Some of it can be attributed to his shuffling all around the lineup, but Plekanec also started just 35.6 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, making it difficult for him to get scoring opportunities. He's an alternate captain for the Canadiens, but the club would probably love to shed his $6 million cap hit.

Tomas Plekanec
C MTL
7 months ago

Plekanec will join the Czech Republic for the 2017 IIHF World Championship, Zdenek Matejovsky of Czech TV Nova reports.

EDGE Analysis

Not only will Plekanec suit up for his country, he is expected to serve as the captain. The 34-year-old started the postseason off strong with three points in the opening three outings, but was held off the scoresheet for Games 4, 5, and 6. The center experienced a significant drop in production this past year as he managed just 28 points -- the lowest total of his career.