The ultimate rating flattered the Canadiens who have been massively outshot and outchanced all through the primary and third durations of this recreation. It was one of many stronger video games of the yr for Jake Allen who’s starting to show round his robust begin to the season.
Kale Clague Newly acquired defenceman Clague says that he’s able to grow to be a full-time participant within the NHL. “My best high quality is my skating. I’ve good imaginative and prescient. I attempt to get the puck again to the forwards and allow them to do the remainder,” mentioned Clague. He will probably be within the lineup tonight carrying No. 43.
Laurent Dauphin Dominique Ducharme mentioned that Dauphin “has an excellent likelihood of enjoying” towards the Lightning. Dauphin has 11 objectives, 5 assists for 16 factors in 18 video games with the Laval Rocket this season.
Artturi Lehkonen Lehkonen has tallied three objectives, three assists for six factors, all recorded at even power, prior to now 10 video games. Lehkonen is third on the Habs in photographs on objective with 22 in the identical timeframe.
Keys to Victory
Play the matchups At residence Dominique Ducharme will be capable of create line battles that he desires. The Canadiens fourth line is completely outmatched on paper so Ducharme could need to shorten the bench early.
New look on the power-play Will newcomer Kale Clague be the puck-moving quarterback that the Habs power-play has missed all season? That’s unlikely however Clague ought to get loads of alternatives to succeed with the person benefit.
Subsequent man up The Canadiens proceed to be close to the highest of the NHL’s man-games misplaced to damage board. However accidents create alternatives for the gamers who stay within the lineup. They must make the most of better publicity and accountability.
Statistical Matchup for Sport 27
Bell Centre, Montreal, QC | December 7, 7:00 PM ET | TV: TSN2, RDS, ESPN+, BSSUN
15 (thirty first)
2.27 (twenty ninth)
3.58 (twenty ninth)
13.6 (twenty eighth)
“Each time you’re in a state of affairs like this, it’s a must to management what you possibly can management. So, the best way we compete and work, and to essentially be alert in the best way we do issues and our construction. However, it begins with the best way we compete.”
Projected Forwards, Protection and Goaltenders (topic to alter)
Palat – Stamkos – Joseph Killorn – Cirelli – Fortier Katchouk – Colton – Raddysh Maroon – Bellemare – Perry
Scratched: Claesson, Sustr Injured: Seabrook, Kucherov, Level, Cernak, Smith
Scratched: Schueneman Injured: Armia (undisclosed), Toffoli (upper-body), Edmundson (again), Petry (upper-body), Anderson (upper-body), Worth (knee), Byron (hip), Weber (a number of accidents) COVID-19 protocol: Gallagher, Niku
File: 12-4-3 GAA: 2.13 Sv%: .927 SO: 2 Alternate: Brian Elliott
File: 5-11-2 GAA: 3.01 Sv%: .907 SO: 2 Alternate: Sam Montembeault
This recreation hardly feels just like the Stanley Cup rematch followers anticipated when the schedule was launched. The Canadiens have fallen to thirty first general within the standings, beneath even the Ottawa Senators. Corey Perry will make his return to Montreal after signing a two-year contract with the Lightning within the low season.
The state of affairs has modified significantly since these two groups competed for the Cup final July. The Canadiens should work onerous in each zone and faucet into a number of the emotion that carried the crew to Sport 5 of the Finals towards the Bolts.