Canadiens’ Max Pacioretty aims to become ‘more multi-dimensional player’

Canadiens' Max Pacioretty aims to become 'more multi-dimensional player'
Canadiens’ Max Pacioretty aims to become ‘more multi-dimensional player’
“I’ve played center for a few years in the NHL. After, when I was playing wing I always played with a left-handed centerman. I would always take my strong-side faceoffs just so we have a better chance of winning it,” described Shaw, whose 55.48% efficiency off the draw is tops on the team among those having taken 100 or more faceoffs this season. “If you’re winning on your backhand, it’s a lot easier than on your forehand. I played with [Marcus] Kruger in Chicago a lot and he was left-handed. Every time I was on the right dot, I would take them and if it was on the left side, he would take them. We got into that rhythm and I came here and said the same thing: ‘I’ll take strong-side [draws].’ I did it with Davey [David Desharnais] last year and getting matched up with Phil, I said I’d take strong-side as well.”

Given their next game is on Thursday against Calgary, the Habs’s on-ice session on Wednesday was a regular practice and not a morning skate, although neither Shea Weber nor Jonathan Drouin were present. Weber took a therapy day, and Drouin is fighting off an illness, although head coach Claude Julien is hopeful he’ll be back to face the Flames.

Video: Claude Julien’s press conference

Max Pacioretty has noticed a trend around the League: more and more, teams are scrapping their morning skate in favor of a bit more rest. And that’s an idea he can get behind.

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