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A Look Again

It was a comeback win for the ages that may depart a foul style in Habs fan’s mouths with the group dropping Carey Worth and Brendan Gallagher. Worth was excellent in opposition to the Oilers notably within the second interval. A decrease physique damage has saved Worth in Montreal for analysis. Gallagher is sidelined for the rest of the season with a damaged thumb.

Final recreation: MTL 3  EDM  2  F/OT

For an entire recreation recap: Oilers @ Canadiens: A Storybook Ending

Gamers to Watch

  • Eric Staal
    Staal couldn’t have requested for a greater ending to his first recreation for the Habs. He was the time beyond regulation hero and was dominant within the face dot final recreation.
  • Jake Allen
    Allen has only one win since early February however he might be leaned on this week with Worth out with a minor damage. It’s as much as Allen to show he’s the man to carry the fort.
  • Jesperi Kotkaniemi
    Whereas the Canadiens drafted Kotkaniemi to be a centre, the damage to Gallagher will transfer Jesperi to the wing. It’s an enormous ask by the teaching employees and it stays to be seen if Kotkaniemi will ship.

Keys to Victory

  • Get a fast begin
    A comeback win is nice however that received’t be as simple in opposition to the Leafs who’re an offensive juggernaut and the Habs can’t afford to play from behind in opposition to them and wish a fast begin.
  • Decide to defensive hockey
    The Habs defensive breakdowns resulted in two targets for the Oilers. These lapses can’t proceed in the event that they need to go far into the put up season.
  • Win particular groups
    As all the time the Habs and Leafs could have excessive feelings resulting in a particular groups battle. This recreation might simply be determined by who wins the particular groups and the Habs must make their alternatives rely.  
Statistical Matchup
Scotiabank Area, Toronto, ON | April 7, 7:30 PM ET | TV: SN, RDS, NBCSN

2020-21 statistics

55 (4th) Factors (rank) 43 (14th)
26-10-3 File 17-9-9
12-6-2 Residence/Away 9-3-7
7-2-1 Final 10 5-3-2
3.31 GF/G 3.23
2.51 GA/G 2.66
23.9 (ninth) PP% (rank) 21.4 (14th)
78.1 (twentieth) PK% (rank) 76.1 (twenty fifth)
50.37  CF% 56.08
Pre-game Quotes
Dominique Ducharme

  • “Video games in opposition to the Maple Leafs are all the time intense. We all know we’ll be seeing them lots between now and the top of the common season. We’ll possible see them within the playoffs sooner or later, too. It’s an vital recreation. We need to profit from this recreation to see the place we’re at.”
Projected Forwards, Protection and Goaltenders (topic to vary)
Hyman – Matthews – Marner
Galchenyuk – Tavares – Nylander
Thornton – Kerfoot – Spezza
Mikheyev – Engvall – Simmonds
Perry – Suzuki – Anderson
Drouin – Staal – Toffoli
Tatar – Danault – Kotkaniemi
Byron – Evans – Lehkonen
Rielly – Brodie
Muzzin – Holl
Dermott – Bogosian
Edmundson – Weber
Kulak – Petry
Romanov – Mete
Out of the lineup
Scratched: Vehvilainen, Brooks
Injured: Andersen
Injured: Chiarot (hand), Gallagher (hand), Worth (lower-body), Armia (COVID protocol)
Jack Campbell Jake Allen
File: 9-0-0
GAA: – 1.53
Sv%: – .944
SO: 2
Alternate: Michael Hutchison
File: 5-3-4
GAA: – 2.23
Sv%: – .922
SO: 0
Alternate: Cayden Primeau
 Sport Expectations
The Leafs maintain successful, making it arduous for the Habs to make up floor on them. Many commentators have labeled the Leafs the clear winner of the division already. Tonight is an opportunity for the Habs to upset that confidence. A convincing win with two key gamers out will get up the league realizing the Habs are a critical group this season.

Backside Line

It’s going to as much as every participant to step up their effort, be dependable with the puck and outwork their man.

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