Montreal Canadiens rookie defenceman Jordan Harris was a healthy scratch Thursday night against the New Jersey Devils but Canadiens interim head coach Martin St. Louis stressed that this was not a coaching decision based on performance. Instead, as St. Louis said he’s doing with multiple players rat this point of the season, it was to help the 21-year-old Harris learn and see things from a different perspective after his first two games in the NHL.
“He’s not coming out of the lineup. …I mean, the same reason that ‘Wides’ [Chris Wideman] did not come out of the lineup because he was playing poorly, Jordan’s not coming out of the lineup because he’s playing poorly,” St. Louis explained. “We have a lot of guys here that need to touch the ice in game action and you can take this opportunity now for Jordan to look back on his two games and now watch a game after playing a couple, and see himself in certain situations that happen on the ice, and he might think of it differently after playing two games, and how he thought of it prior to playing those two games, and from him watching tonight, how he would handle those situations.
I think he benefits from that. You can learn a lot from watching. So I hope he takes the assignment, so to speak, seriously, because I think it’s going to benefit and prepare him even better for the next game.”
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Through his first two games in the show, Jordan Harris had no points but was a plus 2 with three sots on net.
In his pre-game media availability, St. Louis also confirmed that Montreal Canadiens defenceman Kale Clague would draw in for Harris and that Chris Wideman would jump into the lineup for the injured Justin Barron. Forward Tyler Pitlick was set to slot back in for the injured Paul Byron.
Montreal Canadiens goalie Jake Allen was set to get the start against the Devils.