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Habs going for 5, Ryan White back to the big club

The Montreal Canadiens go for 5 in a row against Carolina Monday night, and in anticipation of perhaps being without the services of Travis Moen again, the Habs called up Ryan White and Ian Schultz on Sunday. White returns from a rehab stint and looks to play his first game of the year. He’ll bring energy and pugnacity to the 4th line. Schultz, the other guy in the Jaro Halak trade, looks to potentially make his NHL debut with the Canadiens (side note: yes, the Canadiens have an extra forward now - let the trade speculation begin).

Fresh off a big 5-0 win over the Leafs, the Canadiens took Sunday off. However, they better get back to it Monday - too many times this year, the Habs have followed up big games with stinkers. A win could bring them within 5 points of 8th. That’s pretty doable with 26 games to go.

Carey Price gets the start, playing his best hockey of the year. Full text of the Habs call-up press release below.

Canadiens recall Ryan White and Ian Schultz from the Hamilton Bulldogs

MONTREAL (February 12, 2012) – The Montreal Canadiens announced tonight that right wingers Ryan White and Ian Schultz have been recalled from the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs. Both players will be at the Canadiens’ morning skate tomorrow, and will be available for the night’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Assigned to the Bulldogs last February 6 for conditioning purposes, White notched five points (4 goals, 1 assist) in four games with Hamilton this season. He recorded 10 shots on goal, 26 penalty minutes and maintained a +2 plus/minus differential. The 23-year old forward has yet to play a game with the Canadiens in 2011-12 due to a sports hernia suffered during the team’s training camp, last September.

The 6’00’’, 188 lbs forward entered his third NHL season in 2011-12. In 43 career regular season games White has registered seven points (2 goals, 5 assists), 117 hits and 54 penalty minutes.
A native of Brandon, Manitoba, White was the Canadiens’ fourth pick (third round, 66th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Schultz produced 13 points (3 goals, 10 assists) in 36 games with Hamilton this season. The 22-year old forward added 56 shots on goal, 83 penalty minutes and displayed a +3 plus/minus differential.
In 81 career games with the Bulldogs in the AHL, Schultz posted 17 points (6 goals, 11 assists). The 6’02’’, 201 lbs forward added 132 penalty minutes. Schultz played with Calgary in the Western Hockey League (WHL) from 2006-07 to 2009-10, collecting 127 points (55 goals, 72 assists) and 405 penalty minutes in 196 games.

A Calgary-native Schultz was acquired from the St. Louis Blues with Lars Eller in return for Jaroslav Halak, on June 17, 2010.

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