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Bryson (lower body) will be back in the lineup Sunday against San Jose, Heather Engel of NHL.com reports.
Bryson is projected to play alongside Casey Fitzgerald on Buffalo's third pairing after missing the past four games. He has provided one goal, five assists, nine shots on net, 31 blocks and 14 hits in 20 appearances this season.
Slafkovsky had a power-play assist, one hit and one blocked shot over 14:25 of ice time in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Oilers.
Slafkovsky set up Arber Xhekaj 10 seconds into a second-period 5-on-3 advantage that knotted the score at three goals apiece. The assist was his first on the power play and third overall. After opening the season on the fourth line, the rookie has been deployed on the second line the last two games. Slafkovsky has seven points, 25 shots, 16 hits, 13 blocked shots and 23 PIM while averaging 11:16 TOI over 19 contests.
Xhekaj scored a power-play goal in Saturday's 5-3 loss to Edmonton. He had one shot on net, three hits and two penalty minutes over 17:24 of ice time.
Xhekaj was on the ice for a brief 5-on-3 man advantage and patiently found a shooting angle before whistling a wrister past Stuart Skinner to tie the game at 3-3. It was the first power-play goal for the rookie and fourth overall. He's been a healthy scratch twice in the last two weeks, but Xhekaj provided offense from back line when active. He has three points (two goals, one assist) over the last five games.
Edmundson was assessed 17 penalty minutes, including a game misconduct, in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Oilers.
Edmundson was partly responsible for two of Edmonton's three power-play goals in the second period. He was in the box for high-sticking for one of them then was booted off the ice following a five-minute cross-checking infraction. The veteran defenseman entered the game with just two PIM over 13 contests.
Kovacevic had an assist, one shot on goal and three hits over 18:06 of ice time in Saturday's 5-3 loss to Edmonton.
Kovacevic was the secondary helper on Evgenii Dadonov's second-period goal. It was the third assist of the season for the blueliner, who skates on the third pair.
Armia had an assist, three shots on goal, one hit and one blocked shot over 13:47 of ice time in Saturday's 5-3 loss to Edmonton.
An Armia shot produced a rebound that Evgenii Dadonov sent past Stuart Skinner to bring Montreal within a goal at 3-2. It was the first point in 13 games for the 29-year-old forward.
Dadonov scored a goal on three shots in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Oilers. He added two hits and one blocked shot over 13:23 of ice time.
Dadonov buried a juicy rebound off a Joel Armia shot midway through the second period after Edmonton scored three consecutive goals. A 20-goal scorer in four of his last five season, Dadonov is off to a slow start in his first year in a Montreal uniform with just two goals and 27 shots through 20 contests.
Dach had a power-play assist, five shots on goal, one hit and two penalty minutes over 18:51 of ice time in Saturday's 5-3 loss to Edmonton.
Dach provided the secondary helper on Nick Suzuki's first-period goal. The assist snapped a three-game pointless streak for the 21-year-old Dach, a Fort Saskatchewan native playing in front of friends and family. Dach has 18 points over 24 games, tapping into the offense that made him a first-round pick of the Blackhawks in 2019.
Matheson had a power-play assist, five shots on net, five hits and one blocked shot over 26:57 of ice time in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Oilers.
Matheson set up Nick Suzuki coming off the right boards, leading to Montreal's first goal. It was the second time in four games Matheson was the primary helper on a Suzuki power-play strike. The 28-year-old blueliner has three points (two on the power play) over the seven games since returning from an abdomen injury.
Suzuki scored a power-play goal, had two shots on net and was whistled for a minor penalty in Saturday's 5-3 loss to Edmonton.
Suzuki sent a missile past Stuart Skinner from the right faceoff circle, which has become his home and firing range on the power play. It was the first of two power-play goals for the Canadiens, a sign the unit is breaking out of a 1-for-17 slump. It was Suzuki's fifth strike on the man advantage and 13th overall.