Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens protects his net during the NHL game against the Detroit Red Wings at the Bell Centre on November 12, 2016 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Detroit Red Wings 5-0. The NHL significantly changed its rules in the wake of the 2004-05 lockout as a means of engendering more goalscoring.
In Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Wild, Connor McDavid stepped on Jared Spurgeon’s stick causing him to fall forward. McDavid’s chin/jaw/mouth made contact with ice and his head bounced up. The concussion spotter in attendance didn’t like what he saw.
After an incredible start to the season, the Canadiens have cooled off a little bit, but they still own an impressive 16-6-2 record. One of the reasons they’ve hit a rough patch, is because some of their top forwards can’t seem to find the back of the net. Alex Galchenyuk and Alexander Radulov continue to generate scoring chances, but captain Max Pacioretty, who’s hit the 30-goal mark four times in his career, is stuck on five goals. Pacioretty hasn’t looked comfortable all season, and although he tends to be one of the streakier players in the league, he hasn’t put together many great performances in 2016-17 and it seems to be causing some friction in the room. Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos is reporting