Jonathan Drouin – Nick Suzuki – Josh Anderson
Tyler Toffoli – Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Brendan Gallagher
Tomas Tatar – Phillip Danault – Joel Armia
Artturi Lehkonen – Paul Byron – Corey Perry
Alexander Romanov – Shea Weber
Joel Edmundson – Jeff Petry
Brett Kulak – Victor Mete
Carey Worth – Jake Allen
Xavier Ouellet, Laurent Dauphin, Michael Frolik, Charlie Lindgren
Ben Chiarot (hand)
Blame it on fatigue was the mantra in every single place on Thursday evening following the loss to Calgary. Effectively, in every single place however on this house.
We advised you that the Canadiens had points past people who could possibly be defined by a sleep-deprived crew. With a break day on Friday and no recreation day skate on Saturday, the Habs ought to have come out flying towards Calgary tonight. They didn’t.
A number of brief weeks in the past, Marc Bergevin introduced up the damage concern, saying that he couldn’t perceive why his crew was struggling once they hadn’t had any accidents. Effectively all that has modified somewhat rapidly with the fractured hand of Ben Chiarot. The Canadiens defenceman will probably be re-evaluated on Monday and will miss 4 to 6 weeks.
Whereas Bergevin improved his crew’s depth within the low season, the blueline was already skinny earlier than Chiarot’s damage. Victor Mete is not more than a short lived repair. Bergevin will probably be tasked with the duty of including a defenceman who can play massive minutes.
And whereas the final supervisor is purchasing, he’ll need to hold a pointy eye out for a centre who can win faceoffs. Phillip Danault has been struggling on each side of the puck all season. After sustaining an damage, Danault was doing nothing greater than going by means of the motions tonight.
Towards a beatable crew with a brand new coach, the Canadiens weren’t skating, weren’t managing the puck properly and weren’t making sensible selections. Defensively, they had been again to their porous methods and they didn’t have any options to the Calgary offence which got here in waves.
Excessive-danger scoring possibilities had been 12-2 for Calgary after 40 minutes. Carey Worth did every little thing he may do to maintain his crew within the recreation. His teammates had been unable to reply.
It’s mid-season for the league and the commerce deadline is correct across the nook. This crew should determine if it should make a push to satisfy its expectations. If that’s the case, it seems that they are going to want some assist.
The Canadiens will head to Winnipeg the place they are going to play the final two video games of the street journey beginning on Monday evening.
▲ Carey Worth, Shea Weber, Alexander Romanov, Tyler Toffoli
▼ Brett Kulak, Victor Mete, Jonathan Drouin, Jeff Petry, Nick Suzuki, Phillip Danault, Joel Armia, Corey Perry
Try the sport preview right here: Canadiens @ Flames: A Rested Rematch