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- Rene Bourque is off to his longest goal drought to start a season since 2007-08. However, he has a while to go to beat his slump that year where he needed 12 games to record his first goal.
Subban finished the season with 7 goals and 29 assists for 36 points in 81 games, 7 goals and 2 points less than his rookie season. However, Subban's defensive game has improved and it is reflected in the +9 rating he finished the season with compared to the -8 from his rookie campaign.
As for Pacioretty his 33 goals, 32 assists and 65 points are all career highs. The Canadiens' forward had a breakout season this year, one year after a vicious hit from Zdeno Chara sidelined him for the majority of last season. Pacioretty's line with Desharnais and Cole was one of the best in the league during the later half of the season. The United States are currently ranked 6th in the IIHF and will also be looking to improve their rank with a solid result in this tournament.
Also joining their respective teams are Tomas Plekanec (Czech Republic), Lars Eller (Denmark), and Alexei Emelin (Russia). Plekanec will be suiting up for his home country for the 6th time in this tournament. He tied for second in tournament scoring at least year's event. Eller missed last year's tourney with the injury that kept him out of Montreal's lineup at the start of the season, it will be his 3rd time suiting up for the Danes. This will be the 3rd straight appearance for Emelin who still could be joined by fellow countryman Andrei Markov. Markov hasn't been invited yet but the Russians have yet to finalize their roster.
Several Habs have also confirmed they won't be participating. Carey Price, Raphael Diaz, and Yannick Weber have injuries that will stop them from going while Erik Cole, Peter Budaj, and Tomas Kaberle have all declined invitations.
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