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Habs Report: Allen to Start, Hughes Speaks on St. Louis, Price

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It looks like Jake Allen will be getting the start tonight, as the Montreal Canadiens take on the Florida Panthers for the second time in a week.

Allen was said to be the only lineup change from Sunday night’s 3-2 Shootout loss to the New Jersey Devils , as the rest of the team was out in the sun readying themselves for the game tonight on the beach. After the long winter that seems to be dragging on in Montreal, can you really blame them?

Montreal Canadiens Lines

Forwards

Cole Caufield-Nick Suzuki– Josh Anderson

Rem Pitlick-Jake Evans-Mike Hoffman

Paul Byron-Christian Dvorak-Joel Armia

Mathieu Perreault- Laurent Dauphin- Jesse Ylönen

Defence:

Alexander Romanov-David Savard

Joel Edmundson-Justin Barron

Corey Schueneman – Chris Wideman

Goalies:

Jake Allen

Sam Montembeault

Martin St. Louis’ Interim Tag

Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes is ready to take the ‘interim’ tag off of Martin St. Louis’ job title and retain him as his head coach after this season.

“I’d like to see him part of the Montreal Canadiens organization for the long term and remove the interim tag, if that’s the question you’re asking,” Kent Hughes told TSN at the NHL general managers meetings in Manalapan, Florida.

Hughes was adamant when he hired Martin St. Louis that the fact that the NHL hall of famer and Stanley Cup champion only had coaching experience at the pee-wee level of the game wouldn’t prevent him from being an effective NHL coach. Since then, the Laval, QC native is making Hughes look like a genius and has the Montreal Canadiens fan base buzzing again.

“In terms of the success and the impact that he’s had, I expected him to have an impact, no question about it,” the first-year Montreal Canadiens GM said. “Probably not as significant as he has in such a short period of time, but, I said at the beginning, I’m not one to bet against Marty St. Louis, and those that have, have generally lost. He’s a pretty special guy and he’s proven to be a pretty special coach.”

 

Carey Price’s Return for the Montreal Canadiens

If he’s medically cleared and feels ready to play, Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes would love to see goalie Carey Price get in some game action before the 2021-22 regular season concludes on April 29.

“I think it’s really totally up to his health,” Kent Hughes told TSN at the NHL GM meetings Monday night. “It would be great for the team to have Carey come back, just that boost. …it sounds like there was a real void without Shea Weber, without Corey Perry and without your superstar in Carey Price being part of the locker room and the day to day, so having Carey back would certainly be helpful to our group and give them hope.”

Hughes is very cognizant and empathetic of how difficult things have been for Price since he led the Montreal Canadiens on that improbable run to the Stanley Cup Final and is hoping not just for the team but for Price’s mental state that he’s able to return to game action this season.

“Probably most importantly for Carey, I think, when you struggle through this type of an injury and you try to come back, and you get frustrated time and time again, I think it’s going to be a huge weight off his shoulders and give him a little bit of peace of mind to be able to return and play,” Hughes said.

 

 

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