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Habs’ Eller a likely healthy scratch tonight versus Canucks

New York Rangers v Montreal Canadiens - Game One

Lars Eller

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Lars Eller received just 5:46 of ice time Tuesday in Calgary, and he didn’t play at all in the third period, as his Montreal Canadiens were fortunate to escape with a 2-1 shootout win over the Flames.

Turns out, Eller’s benching was a sign of things to come. Tonight in Vancouver, he’ll reportedly be a healthy scratch, with coach Michel Therrien opting instead to use Brandon Prust as his third-line center.

Eller has just one goal and one assist in 10 games.

GM Marc Bergevin apparently took a few minutes to chat with the 25-year-old today, and perhaps the move to scratch him tonight is the club’s way of sending a message...

Whether a message actually needed to be sent, well, at least one Canadiens blog doesn’t seem to think so.

Eller signed a four-year, $14 million contract extension in the summer.