Tyler Toffoli – Nick Suzuki – Cole Caufield
Artturi Lehkonen – Phillip Danault – Josh Anderson
Corey Perry – Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Joel Armia
Michael Frolik – Jake Evans – Eric Staal
Ben Chiarot – Shea Weber
Joel Edmundson – Jeff Petry
Jon Merrill – Alexander Romanov
Jake Allen – Cayden Primeau
Brett Kulak, Erik Gustafsson
Xavier Ouellet, Charlie Lindgren, Michael Pezzetta, Joel Teasdale
Brendan Gallagher (hand), Carey Value (concussion), Paul Byron (lower-body), Jonathan Drouin (undisclosed), Tomas Tatar (lower-body)
With Dominique Ducharme behind the bench, a standard thread to Canadiens’ losses is that the staff seems unprepared from the drop of the puck. Tonight, the interim coach stated that he didn’t thoughts the staff’s begin, however 1:38 into the sport Montreal was down 1-0. And fewer than 9 minutes into the sport, Auston Matthews scored the eventual recreation winner.
Ducharme identified that the Maple Leafs received objectives on their first two scoring probabilities. In reality, the Canadiens restricted Toronto to only seven pictures and two high-danger scoring probabilities within the first interval and but trailed 2-0 on the intermission. It was a stable defensive effort by the Habs however not the perfect outing for Jake Allen.
Spending a lot time defending left little time for creating offence. Montreal managed simply three excessive hazard scoring probabilities within the recreation, and none within the third interval. The Leafs cruised to a win clinching a playoff spot on the prime of the North Division.
The Canadiens are nearly assured the ultimate playoff spot within the division. Presently Montreal is in seventeenth spot however simply two factors out of twentieth within the standings. In a traditional 12 months, that wouldn’t be adequate to be a playoff staff.
It’s considerably harking back to final season the place they had been gifted a spot within the play-in spherical with a twenty fourth place common season end. Then a one-man effort by Carey Value upset the Pittsburgh Penguins incomes his staff a playoff berth.
Marc Bergevin probably escaped accountability final season because of a quirk within the guidelines for a pandemic-stricken season. Will a playoff berth or a primary spherical win be sufficient for Bergevin to maintain his job this time given the lofty expectations at first of the season?
Has Ducharme executed sufficient to take away the interim tag with a report that’s beneath that of Claude Julien? We’re about to seek out out as we enter the month of Might.
However within the pre-game media availability, we heard the primary version of the narrative that could be used at season’s finish. Ducharme stated that no staff in historical past has needed to endure 25 video games in 43 days and journey from coast to coast. Good strive, however with all groups going through their very own challenges in a COVID season, I don’t suppose that followers shall be shopping for that excuse from the Canadiens.
The Canadiens proceed their 4 recreation dwelling stand by internet hosting the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night time.
▲ Jake Evans, Jeff Petry, Joel Edmundson
▼ Jon Merrill, Alexander Romanov, Jake Allen, Corey Perry
Take a look at the sport preview right here: Maple Leafs @ Canadiens: New Forward Lines