Brendan Gallagher stayed home and will not play tonight.
— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) January 11, 2020
Brendan Gallagher experiencing headaches
The Canadiens announced that Gallagher was experiencing headaches after Thursday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers. Gallagher had missed the previous four games with a concussion before returning on Thursday. This isn’t the first time Gallagher has suffered a concussion. He suffered one back in 2013 which forced him to miss three games.
So far this season, Gallagher has scored 15 goals and 17 assists for 32 points to go along with 16 minutes in penalties. His possession numbers are 60.6 percent Corsi and a relative Corsi of +8.5.
Gallagher has spent his entire eight-year career with the Habs. During that time he has put up 166 goals and 157 assists for 323 points in 529 career games. He was originally drafted by the Canadiens in the fifth round, 147th overall in the 2010 NHL Draft.
What This Means for the Future
With Gallagher out of the line-up, the Canadiens will move Ilya Kovalchuk back up to the top line. Kovalchuck who signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Canadiens has been impressive in his first three-game putting up three assists over those three games.
Matthew Peca will draw back into the Canadiens tonight will Gallagher out of the line-up. Peca has played in four games with the Habs this year. He has failed to record a point during those four games. This will be Peca’s first game since December 10th against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Habs are on their second eight-game losing streak of the season. Pressure is building up to get a win and salvage the season.
MONTREAL, QC – SEPTEMBER 26: Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher (11) celebrate with teammates defensemen Mike Reilly (28) and Victor Mete (53) during the second period of the NHL preseason game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens on September 26, 2018, at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC (Photo by Vincent Ethier/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)