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Canadiens Game 35: Barron In Lineup, Gallagher Nears Return



Canadiens vs. Lightning

The Montreal Canadiens (15-16-3) face the potent Tampa Bay Lightning (20-11-14) on Wednesday night at the Amelie Arena. The puck drop is scheduled for 7 PM ET.

The Canadiens are now facing the toughest part of their schedule and we’ve begun to see the growing pains of a young roster over the rigours of a full, 82-game season.

Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield have slowed down quite a bit, which is a big problem, as they accounted for over 40% of the team’s goals between October at December.

Despite a valiant effort by the Canadiens’ fourth line against the Dallas Stars, the Canadiens need more secondary scoring for their second and third lines if they’re going to have any success.

The fact that they came away from games against the Arizona Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche and Stars with three points out of six is pretty decent, but can mainly be attributed to out-of-this-world goaltending from both Samuel Montembeault and Jake Allen, who will start the game against Tampa Bay.

If the Canadiens are to have any chance of besting the red-hot Tampa Bay Lightning, they’ll need all hands on deck; and, especially, everyone on the ice instead of the penalty box.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have a blistering 26.3% success rate on the power play, while the Canadiens are dropping significantly in the penalty kill department, sitting 20th with 77.2% efficacy.

Discipline and coordinated team defence will be in order for tonight’s game, but it’s about time for Suzuki and Caufield to get some scoring support for their teammates.

Fresh up a promotion to the NHL, defenceman Justin Barron will take Chris Wideman’s place on the blueline. Veteran winger Brendan Gallagher will not play, but was spotted in a regular jersey at the team’s practice on Wednesday morning.

Montreal Canadiens Injuries

  • Mike Matheson (indefinitely)
  • Sean Monahan (2 weeks)
  • David Savard (day-to-day)
  • Brendan Gallagher (2 weeks)
  • Carey Price (LTIR)
  • Paul Byron (LTIR)

Tampa Bay Lightning Injuries

  • Rudolf Balcers (IR)

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup

Josh AndersonNick SuzukiRem Pitlick
Mike HoffmanKirby DachJesse Ylönen
Owen BeckChristian DvorakEvgenii Dadonov
Micheal PezzettaAlex BelzileRafaël Harvey-Pinard
Mike MathesonDavid Savard
Arber XhekajJustin Barron
Jordan HarrisJohnathan Kovacevic
Jake Allen
Samuel Montembeault

Tampa Bay Lightning Projected Roster

Hagel – Point – Kucherov

Colton – Paul – Stamkos

Maroon – Cirelli – Killorn

Namestnikov – Bellemare – Perry


Hedman – Bogosian

Sergachev – Perbix

Cole – Cernak




Special Teams

TeamPP %PK %
Montreal Canadiens 15.1% (32nd)73.6% (29th)
Ottawa Senators26.2% (4th)80.8% (12th)

Game Notes:

  • Nikita Kucherov leads the Tampa Bay Lightning in scoring with 13 goals and 36 assists in 39 games.
  • Former Canadiens defenceman Mikhail Sergachev leads all Tampa Bay defencemen in scoring with five goals and 22 assists in 30 games.

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David Trott

Who would ever imagine that Montréal could have five rookie Dmen. Incroyable.

Matt Markham

Montreal fans need to accept that incompetent management, coaching, scouting and the worst player development in the NHL for over 20 years means this team won’t be a serious cup contender for decades. Weak teams like the Habs always do well from October to the end of the year and fade as the days get longer. This is not a pro team committed to winning. It’s a sports team where crucial decisions are overly influenced by politics and the sports news is covered by an incompetent press corps. Everyone associated with this team (and reporting on it/hosting talk shows etc.) is only interested in milking the fans and owner to advance their own career. Throw incompetent ownership into the equation and there won’t be a Cup parade in Montreal for at least 50 more years.

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