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Aside from its top line of David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher, the Montreal Canadiens offer little in the form of sustained offense.
It desperately needs another line to step up and score more often. But where will that secondary scoring come from?
Daniel Briere has been showing signs of life recently, with two goals in his past three games. In fact, he is now second on the Canadiens with 0.92 goals per 60 minutes of ice time (Pacioretty is first with 1.32). Perhaps he's finally heating up.
Alex Galchenyuk will be back after the Olympic break. This is good news because, whether Michel Therrien knows it or not, the Habs desperately miss his puck-control abilities.
The bottom-three lines struggle every game to skate the puck into the offensive zone, something Galchenyuk does quite well. A little more puck possession should lead to more offense. Maybe Galchenyuk will help spark the second or third line upon his return.
Or will it be a trade that finally gets another line going? Marc Bergevin will surely make a move or two (other than acquiring Dale Weise) before the March 5 deadline that will shake up the forward depth chart.
At this point, it doesn't matter who provides the offensive help in Montreal, but it needs to come soon. Secondary scoring will be key for its stretch-run success.