MONTREAL -- Despite a tough start to November during which they’ve yet to post a win, the Bulldogs have still been able to count on the contributions of veterans Duncan Milroy and Maxim Lapierre.
- Milroy is off to a solid start in his fifth season with the Canadiens’ farm team. The right winger has a goal and five assists in his last four games, including four points in the Bulldogs’ 5-4 overtime loss to the Rochester Americans on Nov. 9.
- Lapierre is once again cruising as he was at the beginning of the season, when he racked up seven points in three games. The 22-year-old has found the back of the net three times in his last four games and leads all Bulldogs with seven goals.
- Rookie sensation Sergei Kostitsyn has tailed off slightly after a remarkable start to his professional career. The former .London Knights star still leads the team with 13 points, ranking him fifth among AHL freshmen.
- The Canadiens’ second round pick in 2006, defenseman Mathieu Carle returned to action on Friday after suffering a knee injury during Canadiens training camp back in September. Carle, who spent his junior career with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and Acadie-Bathurst Titans, was held off the scoresheet in his first two games.
- Another new face in the Bulldogs’ lineup, veteran defenseman Joel Bouchard, has had had a positive impact on his team. The former New York Islanders rearguard has picked up four points in five games and posted a plus-4 differential since joining the club. Bouchard signed a contract with Hamilton after taking part in the Columbus Blue Jackets’ training camp in September.
- Yann Danis and Jaroslav Halak have been splitting the netminding duties since the start of the campaign. Danis may have only won once in his five starts, but he’s put up more than respectable numbers over those games, with a 2.66 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage.Félix-Antoine Viens is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Heather Engel.