Tyler Toffoli – Nick Suzuki – Joel Armia
Tomas Tatar – Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Josh Anderson
Corey Perry – Eric Staal – Cole Caufield
Artturi Lehkonen – Jake Evans – Alex Belzile
Brett Kulak – Ben Chiarot
Joel Edmundson – Jeff Petry
Alexander Romanov – Jon Merrill
Jake Allen – Cayden Primeau
Michael Frolik, Joseph Blandisi, Charlie Lindgren, Michael Pezzetta, Joel Teasdale
Brendan Gallagher (hand), Carey Value (concussion), Paul Byron (lower-body), Jonathan Drouin (undisclosed), Shea Weber (upper-body), Phillip Danault (concussion)
The Canadiens are very more likely to make the playoffs. It’s nearly assured. However with three probabilities to clinch a playoff berth this week and three consecutive losses, the Habs will take it to the ultimate two video games of the season to seal the deal.
Montreal has 12 regulation losses of their previous 19 video games, that’s essentially the most of any crew within the NHL since April seventh. So whereas the Canadiens will make the playoffs, they’re limping throughout the end line benefiting from having the twenty second, twenty seventh and twenty ninth ranked groups within the league trailing them.
Marc Bergevin believes within the adage that ‘get to the playoffs and something can occur.’ It’s a romantic, fanciful notion. Occasionally a crew just like the Los Angeles Kings comes alongside to show the percentages on the ears. However the fact is that larger seeded groups within the standings have a far better file of success within the playoffs and normally prevail.
So falling backwards into the playoffs shouldn’t be more likely to engender a number of hope for followers significantly the way in which the Canadiens have performed of their final two matches towards the Leafs. Which is why Habs supporters on social media reacted with a raised eyebrow to a report that Geoff Molson and Bergevin have begun preliminary discussions on a contract extension for the Montreal GM.
Now we have already heard the focus-group examined excuse that by no means within the historical past of the game has any crew endured such a schedule. Spare us. The Canadiens have been outplayed, outcoached and outmanaged however will nonetheless make the playoffs as a result of quirks of the pandemic divisional construction. But change is badly wanted.
Habs nonetheless depend on Value and Weber
The Canadiens will go as far within the playoffs as Carey Price can carry them on his personal, in different phrases, the identical formulation in place for the size of Bergevin’s tenure.
You’ve heard elsewhere that Jake Allen can carry the load because the primary goaltender. It’s merely not true. With all due respect to Allen, he’s no the place near that stage. Stephane Waite mentioned that Allen is not a primary goaltender. And Jake has proved him proper for the previous month.
Since Value sustained a lower-body harm on April fifth, Allen has began 14 video games and gained simply six of them with a 2.96 objectives towards common and an .897 save share. Allen has wilted beneath the stress of pursing a playoff berth and being the each recreation, go-to man in aim.
Tonight towards the Leafs, Allen was caught napping by a weak shot from Pierre Engvall. The aim simply 5 minutes into the second interval gave Toronto life and so they scored three straight.
With a win over the Canadiens, the Maple Leafs clinched the division title, their first in 21 years. On April twenty eighth, Toronto had clinched a playoff spot with a 4-1 win over the Habs on the Bell Centre. And the 2 groups are more likely to meet within the first spherical of the playoffs.
The Leafs, with stable administration and training, have constructed a contender. It’s time that the Canadiens group cabinets the reasons and places the items in place to do one thing comparable.
The Canadiens returned to Montreal after the sport and may have a day without work on Sunday. The Habs will play their closing two video games of the common season at dwelling towards the Edmonton Oilers on Monday and Wednesday.
▲ Nick Suzuki, Artturi Lehkonen, Brett Kulak
▼ John Merrill, Eric Staal, Cole Caufield, Alexander Romanov, Corey Perry, Joel Edmundson, Tomas Tatar
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