The 25-year-old Higgins, battling the Leafs' Mats Sundin, has helped provide some offensive swagger.
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Right wing, 2003-08
In his four Montreal seasons Ryder has 207 points, and his 99 goals rank first on the team during that time. At his best on the power play, Ryder was the first player in team history to score 10 or more man-advantage goals in each of his first three seasons.
The first European-born captain of the Canadiens is the current team leader in goals (175), assists (416) and points (591). After missing 79 regular season games with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2001-02, Koivu played all 12 games for Les Habs in the postseason, tying for the team lead in scoring with 10 points and earning the Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance.
Left wing, 2003-present
Splitting time between the left side and center, the former Yale star and first-round draft pick has scored 20 or more goals in every one of his full pro seasons, setting career highs in goals (27) and points (52) in 2007-08.
Defenseman, 1990-2004, '07-present
Now in his second tour with Montreal, Brisebois ranks in the top six all time among Canadiens defensemen in games played, shots, goals, assists and points. He's been a power-play mainstay, scoring 37 goals with the man advantage, third most for Les Habs since the stat became official four decades ago.
Montreal's current iron man entered the 2008-09 season having played in 128 straight games. He led the squad in time on the ice the past two seasons, averaging nearly 25 minutes per outing. Last season he tied for the league lead in power-play goals by a defenseman and was named a starter for the All-Star Game.
In parts of nine seasons Théodore won 141 games for Montreal, including 23 shutouts, which ranks him seventh all time in franchise history in both categories. His best season was 2001-02 when he won both the Vézina and Hart trophies.
Stats through the 2007-08 season