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ROCKET SPORTS MEDIA — Howdy there, of us! Again once more for an additional version of my weekly column right here the place I have a look again on the week of motion for the Canadiens and award my three stars!

Gamers will earn factors every time they seem as a star on this column and on the finish of the 12 months, I’ll award my three stars of the season.

The Canadiens have misplaced 5 consecutive video games, so awarding three stars is slightly bit tough proper now, however there have been nonetheless some particular person performances worthy of reward this week for the Montreal Canadiens.

☆ THIRD STAR: Alexander Romanov

When issues usually are not going effectively for a group, the pure factor to do is to seek out some consolation in appreciating the play of the youthful gamers who will probably be round for a few years and develop into superb NHL gamers. Alexander Romanov had a variety of hype surrounding him coming into this season and for probably the most half he has delivered.

He had a little bit of a stretch the place he was attempting to do some an excessive amount of, however this week, we noticed him settle his recreation down slightly bit. The unlucky half for Romanov is he has performed primarily with Brett Kulak and Victor Mete who’ve been struggling as of late, which places a variety of accountability on the shoulders of the 21-year-old Russian to raise that third pair.

However this week, within the first recreation of the Dominique Ducharme period, Romanov threaded a stupendous move to Joel Armia, getting the Canadiens out and operating in that recreation. It ought to have been anticipated that Romanov would have a stretch the place he received slightly anxious with the puck and make some poor selections, he’s a rookie in spite of everything, however the Canadiens want his puck motion and as of late that anxiousness has dissipated. For probably the most half, there may be objective to the issues he does.

Romanov entered this season with a variety of reward from members of the Canadiens group, which maybe raised expectations increased than they need to have been. He has lived as much as them, however there will probably be stretches the place he struggles slightly bit, and people rising pains should be accounted for.

If you’re on the lookout for a shiny spot, a beacon of sunshine throughout this five-game shedding streak, look no additional than Alexander Romanov.

☆ SECOND STAR: Tyler Toffoli

Tyler Toffoli has come as marketed. For years, the Canadiens have wanted a man who may step up and rating huge objectives at vital occasions in video games and Toffoli has stepped up and delivered for this group. He leads the Canadiens in goal-scoring with 12 on the season and scored an absolute magnificence in opposition to the Senators this week, that was maybe overshadowed by different occasions of that recreation.

Lots has gone incorrect for the Canadiens not too long ago, however one participant who has continued to do his half for Montreal is Toffoli. That signing from Marc Bergevin this previous low season has paid off big-time for the Canadiens and having a confirmed aim scorer, who has actually simply entered the prime of his profession, was a very nice transfer.

Extra than simply the goal-scoring, Toffoli could be trusted to offer dependable play everywhere in the ice, goal-scoring is actually his calling card, however he’s not a one trick pony or a defensive legal responsibility. He simply gives regular play which has been a very nice addition to the Canadiens this season.

If the Canadiens are going to show this round, Tyler Toffoli will greater than doubtless have quite a bit to do with it, they’ll want others to step up and ship to have that depth scoring we noticed earlier this season, however Toffoli will probably be relied upon closely to take care of this offensive output.

☆ FIRST STAR: Joel Armia

I’ve to offer the primary star of this week to Joel Armia, he was great this week for the Canadiens. It exhibits within the field rating within the two video games in opposition to Winnipeg, he scored two objectives within the first recreation and picked up an help on the lone Canadiens aim within the second which got here following some great work from Armia in opposition to Mark Scheifele and Josh Morrissey.

The manufacturing from Armia was simply icing on the cake this week as a result of the trouble performs that he makes within the different group’s zone, the work down low, the possession, it’s all extremely worthwhile to the Montreal Canadiens. When he was injured, Corey Perry crammed in admirably in his place, however he couldn’t replicate all of the issues that Armia does for this group.

This week Ducharme spoke of Armia as being somebody who has untapped potential and it’s laborious to argue with that. In baseball you usually hear about five-tool gamers, Joel Armia has all of the instruments you might need in a hockey participant. He has dimension, ability, good pace for his dimension, has good hockey IQ and is somebody who has the flexibility to play in all conditions.

This week, we noticed Joel Armia everywhere in the puck, sustaining possession within the opposition’s finish and creating alternatives for the Canadiens due to his laborious work. With eight factors for Armia in 13 video games, the manufacturing has been there along with the constant work ethic that at all times sees Armia hounding the opposition.

The Canadiens will want Armia to take care of this effort stage and manufacturing, however it could be good to see others hop on board and attempt to replicate a few of the effort performs we noticed from Armia this week.

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