The Montreal Canadiens (5-4-0) will lock horns yet again with the Minnesota Wild (4-4-1) Tuesday night at the Xcel Energy Center. The puck drop is scheduled for 8 PM EST.
On the heels of an impressive comeback against the St. Louis Blues, the Canadiens will be looking to extend their winning streak to three. The team has shown a surprising ability to stage impressive comebacks early on this season and is showing fans that they aren’t going to lay over and die this year.
It appears Mike Hoffman and Micheal Pezzetta will be coming out of the lineup tonight. The expectation is that Jonathan Drouin and Rem Pitlick will reintegrate within the lineup, as Ecgenii Dadonov seems to be nursing an injury after consecutive maintenance days.
Juraj Slafkovsky, who returned to the lineup on Saturday and scored an impressive power play goal, will look to extend his goal-scoring streak tonight and make it three-for-three. The 18-year-old looked especially impressive against the physical Blues and all eyes will be on him again tonight as his continues to grow, game after game.
Jake Allen is expected to be in the starter’s circle again tonight. The veteran goaltender has a 3-3 record so far this season, while putting up a respectable 0.909 save percentage and a 2.85 goals against average.
Mats Zuccarello has seemingly found the fountain of youth, as the 35-year-old has been off to a solid start this season with his team-leading 12 points in nine games for the Minnesota Wild. Kiril Kaprizov and Matt Boldy, aren’t far off with 11 and 8 points respectively. In short, scoring hasn’t been the problem for the Wild so far this season.
Their inconsistent goaltending, in every game but their most recent visit to the Bell Centre, has hampered their ability to win games so far this season. For the Wild to have any type of success this season, Marc-Andre Fleury is going to need to up his game, and he always seems to do so when playing the Canadiens.
- Joel Edmundson (lower-body injury, IR)
- Mike Matheson (abdominal muscle strain, 6-8 weeks)
- Jordan Greenway (upper-body, IR)
- Marcus Foligno (upper-body ,unknown)
Montreal Canadiens Projected Lines
|Cole Caufield||Nick Suzuki||Kirby Dach|
|Juraj Slafkovsky||Sean Monahan *UNCONFIRMED*||Josh Anderson|
|Evgenii Dadonov||Christian Dvorak||Joel Armia|
|Michael Pezzetta||Jake Evans||Rem Pitlick|
|Joel Edmundson||Kaiden Guhle|
|Mike Matheson||Johnathan Kovacevic|
|Arber Xhekaj||Jordan Harris|
Minnesotsa Wild Lines, per Puckpedia.com:
|TEAM||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|Montreal Canadiens||17.1% (29th)||79.1% (12th)|
|Seattle Kraken||26.0% (8th)||66.7% (30th)|
Montreal Canadiens Game Notes:
- The Canadiens look to gain a third consecutive win on the road for first time since early on in the 2020-2021 season
- Cole Caufield leads the team with 7 goals in 9 games and is tied for 3rd in the NHL.
- Wild rookie Marco Rossi is still looking for his first point in the NHL, will tonight be the night?
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