A Look Again
This was a recreation that the Flames needed extra. Calgary beat the Canadiens to the puck on each flip and pressured Habs gamers once they had the puck. Defensive zone exits have been troublesome, faceoffs have been a problem and offensive zone time was minimal.
Final recreation: MTL 2 CGY 4
For a whole recreation recap: Canadiens @ Flames: Outbattled
Gamers to Watch
- Joel Armia
Armia has been persistently one of many Canadiens higher gamers since he returned from his bout with COVID. Armia has been robust on the puck utilizing his dimension to create alternatives for Tyler Toffoli and Nick Suzuki.
- Josh Anderson
Anderson has the pace of Paul Byron, scoring contact of a Tyler Toffoli, tenacity of Brendan Gallagher and the aggressive, gritty play of Shea Weber. Anderson is a drive in each recreation.
- Phillip Danault
Danault has been a disappointment in each side of his recreation this season: offensively, defensively and on particular groups. His capability to win vital faceoffs can now not be trusted both.
Keys to Victory
- Get off to a robust begin
The Canadiens have look unprepared from the drop of the puck most of the time underneath Dominique Ducharme. It’s vital to ascertain offensive zone time through the forecheck proper from the outset.
- Play with tempo
The Habs had a really troublesome time cleanly exiting their very own zone and clearing the puck at time. Take note of particulars, assist one another and improve the tempo of their recreation.
- Get to the slot
The ‘dwelling plate’ in entrance of Jacob Markstrom was chilly on the warmth map of Friday evening’s recreation. Montreal has to work tougher to get to the entrance of the online and keep their to extend high-quality scoring alternatives.
|Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB | April 24, 7:00 PM ET | TV: SNE, SNW, CITY, TVAS
|43 (twenty second)
||18.8 (twenty first)
||77.9 (twenty second)
- “I anticipate extra power. I do know they’re popping out of a state of affairs that’s totally different than ours, however I used to be anticipating our group to indicate extra power of their recreation.”
| Projected Forwards, Protection and Goaltenders (topic to alter)
|Gaudreau – Lindholm – Tkachuk
Mangiapane – Monahan – Ritchie
Lucic – Backlund – Nordstrom
Dube – Ryan – Robinson
|Toffoli – Suzuki – Perry
Tatar – Danault – Anderson
Lehkonen – Kotkaniemi – Armia
Evans – Staal
|Giordano – Tanev
Hanifin – Andersson
Valimaki – Stone
|Chiarot – Weber
Edmundson – Petry
Romanov – Merrill – Gustafsson
|Out of the lineup
|Scratched: Nesterov, Zagidulin
|Scratched: Ouellet, Evans, Kulak
Injured: Gallagher (hand), Value (concussion), Byron (lower-body), Drouin (sickness)
Alternate: Louis Domingue
Alternate: Jake Allen
| Sport Expectations
|The Canadiens and Flames have simply two video games left of their season collection, tonight and Monday evening. Calgary trails Montreal by simply six factors for the final playoff spot within the North Division with the Habs holding one recreation in hand.
The Canadiens will need to snuff out any momentum that the Flames gained from Friday evening’s recreation in making their playoff push. The winner of tonight’s recreation will go an extended strategy to deciding fourth place and a post-season berth.
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