Habs Ice Chips: Staal hits ground running while flanked by Drouin, Toffoli in Montreal debut
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Eric Staal will make his Montreal debut Monday night against the Edmonton Oilers after clearing quarantine Sunday. He appeared on the third line between Jonathan Drouin and Tyler Toffoli.
“I want to have a good game to make his first game easy," Drouin said of Staal's debut.
Here were Montreal's lines Monday morning courtesy of TSN's John Lu:
Tatar - Danault - Gallagher
Perry - Suzuki - Anderson
Drouin - Staal - Toffoli
Byron - Kotkaniemi - Lehkonen
Edmundson - Weber
Kulak - Petry
Romanov - Mete
Staal also joined the power play unit on the first unit.
Here were the power play lines:
Toffoli - Drouin - Suzuki
Tatar - Gallagher - KK
*Anderson off first unit.
Meanwhile, the Canadiens announced they have recalled defenceman Otto Leskinen from the AHL's Laval Rocket and assigned him to the taxi squad.
Les Canadiens ont rappelé le défenseur Otto Leskinen du Rocket de Laval afin qu’il se joigne à l’escouade de réserve de l’équipe.— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) April 5, 2021
The Canadiens have recalled defenseman Otto Leskinen from the Laval Rocket so that he can join the team’s taxi squad. pic.twitter.com/SgLGUQ0CvQ
Carey Price will start in net Monday despite taking a shot off his blocker hand that forced him to leave the morning skate early.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Goaltender Jack Campbell was in the starters' net Monday ahead of Toronto's evening matchup with the Calgary Flames.
Michael Hutchinson stopped 32 of 34 shots in the Leafs' 4-2 victory over Calgary Sunday night.
Toronto Maple Leafs have their taxi squad out this morning, but goalie Jack Campbell is here as well and in the away starter's net at the Saddledome@TSN_Edge— Salim Nadim Valji (@salimvalji) April 5, 2021
Defenceman Juuso Valimaki will be a healthy scratch for the Flames on Monday as they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs, reports TSN's Salim Valji.
It will be the fourth time in 14 games the 22-year-old blueliner has been scratched under new head coach Darryl Sutter.
"Sutter said he's got a lot of work to do to become a regular NHLer and it's likely an off-season process more than anything," Valji tweets.
Again, Juuso Valimaki a healthy scratch for the Calgary Flames…4th time in 14 games he'll be a healthy scratch under Darryl Sutter.— Salim Nadim Valji (@salimvalji) April 5, 2021
Sutter said he's got a lot of work to do to become a regular NHLer & it's likely an off-season process more than anything.
Head coach Dave Tippett told reporters he is going with the same lineup that beat Calgary last Wednesday with goalie Mike Smith starting between the pipes.
Here were their lines Monday morning according to TSN's Ryan Rishaug.
The Senators announced they have recalled forward Alex Formenton and goaltender Filip Gustavsson from the team's taxi squad.
Roster update: The #Sens have made the following roster moves:— Sens Communications (@Media_Sens) April 5, 2021
LW Alex Formenton and G Filip Gustavasson have been recalled from the team's taxi squad.
Formenton has two goals in four games this season and Gustavsson has a 1.81 goals-against average and .946 save percentage in four appearances.
The Preds have signed forward Grant Mismash to a two-year, entry-level contract that will begin next season according to The Athletic's Adam Vingan.
The Predators have signed North Dakota forward Grant Mismash to a two-year, entry-level contract that will start next season.— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) April 5, 2021
The Penguins have assigned forwards Anthony Angello and Frederick Gaudreau to the taxi squad, the team announced Sunday afternoon.
The Penguins have re-assigned forwards Anthony Angello and Frederick Gaudreau to the taxi squad.— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) April 4, 2021
Forward Justin Almeida and defenseman Will Reilly have been re-assigned to the @WBSPenguins.
Forward Justin Almeida and defenseman Will Reilly were moved from the taxi squad to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Columbus Blue Jackets
The Blue Jackets have sent forward Liam Foudy back to the taxi squad according to The Athletic's Aaron Portzline.
#CBJ have sent F Liam Foudy back to the taxi squad.— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) April 5, 2021
Foudy has three assists in 16 games so far this season for Columbus.
Chicago Blackhawks forward Lucas Wallmark and Dallas Stars forward Tanner Kero were placed on waivers Monday afternoon.
Wallmark has three assists in 16 games so far this season. Kero has two goals and three assists in 20 contests.
Meanwhile, forward Luke Johnson of the Minnesota Wild and forward Jacob de la Rose, who were waived on Sunday, both cleared.