Game Day Notebook: Canadiens Summoned Last Jesse Ylönen Player

Forward will be in the lineup Thursday night against the Blackhawks at Bell Center as Habs’ injury list continues to grow.

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Jesse Ylönen, come down!

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Or do that, go up!

Ylönen is the latest player to be called up from the AHL’s Laval Rocket by the Canadiens due to a growing injury list and the 22-year-old right winger will be in the lineup Thursday at the Bell Center against the Chicago Blackhawks (7 p.m., TSN2 , RDS, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM).

The Canadiens selected Ylönen in the second round (35 overall) of the 2018 NHL Draft. In 17 games for the Rocket this season, Ylönen has totals of 4-10-14. He’s only played one previous game in the NHL last season.

Ylönen will take Christian Dvorak’s place in the lineup. Dvorak suffered a lower body injury in Tuesday night’s 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Bell Center. Ylönen will play fourth row with Cédric Paquette and Michael Pezzetta.

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“(Ylönen) is very skilled,” said Ryan Poehling of the Canadiens, who started this season in Laval, after practice Wednesday. “He’s a guy that if you give him time and space, he’s going to make a good play and can also shoot the puck. I was excited to see him this morning (in practice) and I hope if he plays, he will play his game because it’s so much fun to watch. “

Poehling said the Rocket have a similar style to the Canadiens, which makes it easier for players when they are called up.

“I think they do a good job with (head coach Jean-François Houle) down with the Rocket. I played there a bit earlier in the year and now here so I’d say the symmetry is pretty much aligned. You keep doing the same things, you want to finish in front (of the net), have a stick on the disk and they talk a lot about that both in Laval and here. I think boys find it easy to play. The systems are pretty much the same as well, so when you get out of there it’s pretty easy to adjust and play the game you’re used to, which is good. “

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Long time not see you

The last time the Canadiens and Blackhawks faced each other was on January 15, 2020 with Chicago leading 4-1.

The Blackhawks have won their last six games against Montreal and have gained points in the last eight, while limiting the Canadiens to an average of 1.13 goals per game. The Blackhawks won eight consecutive games against the Canadiens from April 9, 2014 to October 10, 2017.

Alex DeBrincat has points in four of his five career games against the Canadiens with totals of 2-4-6. Seth Jones leads the Blackhawks in scoring this season with totals of 3-19-22, followed by Patrick Kane (7-14-21) and DeBrincat (14-6-20).

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews has struggled this season with totals of 0-9-9 and under-14. Toews missed all of last season with what was described as chronic immune response syndrome, which left him feeling exhausted and lethargic.

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The Canadiens and Blackhawks, two rivals to the Original Six, played their first game against each other on December 11, 1926, with Chicago leading 3-0.

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Fleury goes for the 500th win

Marc-André Fleury of the Blackhawks needs a win to become the third goalkeeper in NHL history to reach the 500-win mark in his career, joining fellow Quebecers Martin Brodeur (691) and Patrick Roy (551) .

Fleury has a career record of 499-286-82 with an average of 2.58 goals against and a .912 save percentage. Won three Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins (2009, 2016, 2017). This season, the 37-year-old goalkeeper is 7-10-0 with a GAA of 2.96 and a .908 save percentage.

Surely the Sorel native would love to hit the mark in Montreal.

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Chiarot tops the list of commercial baits

TSN released its first commercial bait list of the NHL season on Wednesday and the Canadiens’ Ben Chiarot was at the top.

The 30-year-old defender is in the final season of a three-year, $ 10.5 million contract with a salary cap of $ 3.5 million. In 27 games this season, Chiarot is 5-1-6 and is under-8 while averaging 23:23 ice time per game, the highest on the team.

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The lines

The Canadiens only performed an optional morning skating on Thursday at Brossard.

Here’s how the attacking lines and defensive pairs viewed Wednesday’s full practice and how they are expected to look against the Blackhawks:

Hoffman – Suzuki – Drouin
Lehkonen – Poehling – Evans
Perreault – Dauphin – Caufield
Pezzetta – Paquette – Ylönen

Chiarot – Savard
Romanov – Wideman
Kulak – Clague

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How the Habs were built

Here’s a look at how the Canadiens’ current roster was built:

Selected players (9): Cole Caufield, Jake Evans, Brendan Gallagher, Artturi Lehkonen, Michael Pezzetta, Ryan Poehling, Carey Price *, Alexander Romanov, Jesse Ylönen.

Free agents (9): Ben Chiarot, Mike Hoffman, Sami Niku, Cedric Paquette, Mathieu Perreault, David Savard, Corey Schueneman, Tyler Toffoli *, Chris Wideman.

Trades (11): Jake Allen, Josh Anderson *, Joel Armia *, Joel Edmundson *, Laurent Dauphin, Jonathan Drouin, Christian Dvorak *, Brett Kulak, Jeff Petry *, Nick Suzuki, Shea Weber *.

Exemptions (3): Paul Byron *, Kale Clague, Samuel Montembeault.

* – denotes injured player.

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Whats Next?

The Canadiens have practice scheduled for Friday morning in Brossard before flying to St. Louis, where the Blues will play on Saturday (7pm, SNE, CITY, TVA Sports, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM).

Next week, the Canadiens will visit the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday (7 PM, TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM) before playing back-to-back games at the Bell Center against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday (7 PM). M., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM) and the Boston Bruins on Saturday (7 pm, SNE, CITY, TVA Sports, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM).

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