The Montreal Canadiens (13-34-7, 33 pts) will do battle with Tyler Toffoli and the red-hot Calgary Flames (32-14-6, 55 pts) and attempt to get back in the win column on Thursday night (9:00 PM ET, RDS, TSN2, SNW).
This game becomes especially important as it’s the first encounter between the Canadiens and Toffoli since the veteran winger was traded to Calgary on Feb 14. It’ll be an emotional game for Toffoli and many Canadiens players, as Toffoli was a well-regarded leadership figure in the room and a great influence on youngsters Cole Caufield and Nick Suzuki.
Andrew Hammons is expected to get the start for the Canadiens, after coming into the last game in relief of Samuel Montembeault. So far this season, the Hamburglar has gone 2-0-0 and put up a 1.72GAA and a .939 save percentage.
Jacob Markstrom is expected to get the start for the Flames. He’s is 25-11-5 this season with a 2.10 GAA and a .927 save percentage.
Montreal Canadiens Notes
Cole Caufield has continued to roll offensively for the Canadiens, posting 11 points in his last 9 games.
Josh Anderson has been a scoring machine lately, potting 6 goals in his last 5 games.
Calgary Flames Notes
Tyler Toffoli has been a great addition to the Flames, posting 7 points in his last 7 games since the trade.
Elias Lindholm is one of the league’s hottest goal scorers, potting 10 goals in his last 12 games.
Montreal Canadiens Lines:
Cole Caufield-Nick Suzuki-Josh Anderson
Mike Hoffman – Laurent Dauphin – Brendan Gallagher
Rem Pitlick – Jake Evans- Artturi Lehkonen
Joel Armia – Ryan Poehling – Micheal Pezzetta
Alexander Romanov – Ben Chiarot
Brett Kulak-Jeff Petry
Corey Schueneman-Chris Wideman
Calgary Flames Lines:
Johnny Gaudreau- Elias Lindholm-Matthew Tkachuk
Andrew Mangiapane-Mikael Backlund-Blake Coleman
Milan Lucic-Sean Monahan-Tyler Toffoli
Trevor Lewis-Brad Richardson-Brett Ritchie
Noah Hanifin-Rasmus Andersson
Oliver Kylington-Chris Tanev
Nikita Zadorov-Erik Gudbranson