Tyler Toffoli – Nick Suzuki – Joel Armia
Tomas Tatar – Phillip Danault – Josh Anderson
Artturi Lehkonen – Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Paul Byron
Eric Staal – Corey Perry
Ben Chiarot – Shea Weber
Joel Edmundson – Jeff Petry
Alexander Romanov – Jon Merrill
Jake Allen – Cayden Primeau
Brett Kulak, Jonathan Drouin
Michael Frolik, Cole Caufield, Jake Evans, Xavier Ouellet, Charlie Lindgren
Brendan Gallagher (hand), Carey Value (concussion)
As we now have heard many instances, there are a lot of good groups within the NHL. On any given day, a backside ranked staff can beat one on the prime of the standings. There may be parity within the league.
However there are groups who’re capable of rise to the highest and keep close to the highest all season lengthy. They’re the groups within the NHL who play with consistency. The Canadiens have been something however constant this season.
So how does a staff turn into constant? A well-constructed roster with a number of prime tier expertise supplemented with loads of cost-controlled younger contributors who’ve been developed within the group is an efficient begin. Whereas the Canadiens are higher than the twenty fourth positioned staff of 2019-20, Marc Bergevin hasn’t been capable of assemble a contender.
One other strategy to keep consistency is thru good, skilled teaching. A real chief behind the bench will encourage his troops to carry out at an optimum stage. He is aware of which buttons to push and when to lean on explicit gamers. An amazing head coach could have his staff well-prepared and shall be efficient at making changes.
Can anybody actually argue that both head coach the Canadiens have employed this season has successfully checked off these containers?
So with an inexperienced head coach and a fairly good lineup, the Canadiens are stumbling from video games the place they appear like world beaters (primarily because of the will of their vets) to uninspired performances like tonight. Placing all of it collectively each sport with out correct steerage and an abundance of expertise has proved to be a bridge too far.
Calgary trails Montreal by six factors within the standings whereas the Habs maintain one sport in hand. The Canadiens and Flames shall be again on the Saddledome in lower than 24 hours.
▼ Phillip Danault, Paul Byron, Eric Staal
Take a look at the sport preview right here: Canadiens @ Flames: Battle For Playoff Spot