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Canadiens Game 60: Gurianov & Guhle IN, Edmundson OUT



Montreal Canadiens vs San Jose Sharks

The Montreal Canadiens (25-30-4) look to end the curse in San Jose as they face the Sharks (18-30-12) on Tuesday night. The puck drop is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET.

Although the California trips are usually a difficult time for the Canadiens historically, they’ll have some reinforcements coming along to help them break the trend.

Denis Gurianov, freshly acquired from the Dallas Stars in exchange for Evgenii Dadonov, will be suiting up for his first game with the Canadiens.

He was seen at practice on the top line with Mike Hoffman and Nick Suzuki, with head coach Martin St-Louis openly expressing his desire to give his new 25-year-old forward room to express himself on the ice offensively.

The Canadiens received some good news on the injury front, as it appears that Kaiden Guhle and perhaps even Joel Edmundson will be making their anticipated returns to the lineup.

For Guhle, it’s important that he get as many games of experience during this season as possible.

Prior to his untimely injury in late December against the Florida Panthers, Guhle looked to be coming into his own as a staple on the Canadiens’ top pairing.

With 22 games left this season, it will be imperative for Guhle’s development to have him play important minutes down the stretch as the Canadiens keep an eye on the future.

Speaking of the future, Edmundson’s potential return impacts the immediate future, as his return to health would be a significant bit of good news for general manager Kent Hughes.

Unfortunately, he won’t be returning to play tonight.

Edmundson remains an interesting commodity on the NHL trade market and getting into a few games to show that his injury is behind him would go a long way in convincing rival general managers to pay the Canadiens’ price to acquire him.

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With all these bodies jumping into the lineup, the Canadiens proceeded to a mass lineup shuffle.

After Samuel Montembeault got last Saturday’s game against the Ottawa Senators, it’s expected that Jake Allen will get the start against the Sharks.

The veteran goaltender put up some impressive numbers for the Canadiens in February, sporting a 0.934 save percentage through four games and securing three wins.

The Rebuild Begins

The San Jose Sharks completed a blockbuster trade with New Jersey on Sunday which sent star forward Timo Meier to the Devils in exchange for a package of picks and prospects.

It’s part of a process that will take some time in San Jose, as they look to pivot their direction and sell off some of their older assets for youth and picks.

Losing Meier is a huge blow for their roster, as he was having a stellar season, but that doesn’t mean they should be taken lightly.

The Sharks have played spoiler quite a few times this season, still possessing a very strong centre line with Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl pivoting the top two lines.

On defence, likely Norris Trophy winner, Erik Karlsson, is having a season to remember. The veteran defenceman has been on fire so far this year, potting 19 goals and 58 assists for 77 points in just 60 games.

If he maintains his current pace, Karlsson may be the first defenceman since Brian Leetch in the 1991-1992 to reach 100 points in a single season.

Kappo Kahkonen is expected to be starting in goal for the Sharks. The 26-year-old has registered a 0.885 save percentage and a 3.57 goals-against average so far this season.

Here’s everything you need to know about tonight’s game:

Montreal Canadiens Injuries

  • Chris Wideman (Week-To-Week)
  • Joel Armia (Day-To-Day)
  • Kirby Dach (Out Indefinitely)
  • Brendan Gallagher (Injured Reserve)
  • Jake Evans (Injured Reserve)
  • Arber Xhekaj (Injured Reserve)
  • Juraj Slafkovsky (Injured Reserve)
  • Cole Caufield (Injured Reserve)
  • Sean Monahan (LTIR)
  • Carey Price (LTIR)
  • Paul Byron (LTIR)

San Jose Sharks Injuries

  • Markus Nutivaara (Injured Reserve)
  • Lune Kunin (Injured Reserve)
  • Jonah Gadjovich (Injured)

Montreal Canadiens Previous Lineup

Juraj SlafkovskyAlex NewhookJosh Anderson
Joshua RoyOwen BeckJesse Ylonen
Xavier SimoneauLucas CondottaNathan Legare
Micheal PezzettaMitchell StephensSean Farrell
Kaiden GuhleDavid Reinbacher
Arber XhekajJustin Barron
Jordan HarrisLogan Mailloux
Samuel Montembeault
Jakub Dobes

San Jose Sharks Projected Lineup












Special Teams

TeamPP %PK %
Montreal Canadiens 16.3% (28th)72.1% (29th)
Boston Bruins22.7% (11th)87.1% (1st)

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I sure as heck hope we aren’t rushing Guhle back. We should be practicing extreme caution with him. A few games aren’t going to impact his development at all, unless of course he returns too early and then does severe damage to his knee that could affect his career moving forward. Why not wait until at least after the deadline? It’s not like we have a history of injury issues with this team, right…?