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Canadiens Game 12: Slafkovsky’s Big Opportunity On Top Line



Montreal Canadiens vs. Lightning

The Montreal Canadiens (5-4-2) are set to host the Tampa Bay Lightning (5-3-4) on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre. The puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

The Habs did not manage to win on Saturday night against the St-Louis Blues, but at the very least, 19-year-old forward Juraj Slafkovsky scored a powerplay goal, which should serve as a much-needed confidence boost.

As for 5v5 play, Slafkovsky was used on the top line with Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield. They controlled over 50 percent of the shots, as well as the high-danger chances. It’s an encouraging sign given that few players have managed to find chemistry with the Canadiens’ best duo.

The team also did a much better job from a discipline standpoint, though that’s not a considerable accomplishment when you consider they were taking roughly 150 penalties per game.

Unfortunately, the second line continued to struggle, and this time around it clearly had nothing to do with Slafkovsky’s play. Both Josh Anderson and Alex Newhook have looked lost since Kirby Dach was forced to miss the remainder of the season with an ACL/MCL injury.

Caufield currently leads the Canadiens in scoring with 11 points in 11 games, followed by Monahan, who has 10 points, and Suzuki, who has scored three goals and six assists.

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It should be noted that forward Rafael Harvey-Pinard took part in the optional morning skate, indicating that his injury is not as severe as previously expected.

Samuel Montembeault is expected given the start for the Habs, with Jake Allen serving as his backup.

We will have to wait until the pre-game skate to confirm the starting goaltenders, as well as the lines.

The rested Canadiens will once again face an opponent that has played the previous night. However, it’s worth keeping in mind the Canadiens’ advantageous schedule didn’t work to the team’s advantage against the Arizona Coyotes or the St-Louis Blues.

The Lightning seemed to be poised to take down the star-studded Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night, but their strong start was all for naught, as the Leafs corralled their forces to emerge with a 6-5 overtime win.

As it stands, Nikita Kucherov leads the Lightning with an impressive nine goals and 11 assists in 12 games, though we should not ignore Victor Hedman’s three goals and 11 assists over the same stretch of games. Former Hab Mikhail Sergachev is yet to find the back of the net this season, with just six assists in a dozen matchups.

Seeing as goaltender Jonas Johansson faced Toronto, Matt Tomkins is expected to be given the second leg of the Lightning’s back-to-back games.

Montreal Canadiens Injuries

  • David Savard (out 6-8 weeks)
  • Rafael Harvey-Pinard (day-to-day)
  • Carey Price (IR)
  • Chris Wideman (IR)
  • Kirby Dach (out indefinitely, ACL/MCL)

Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Andrei Vasilevskiy (week-to-week)

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup

Alex NewhookNick SuzukiBrendan Gallagher
Cole Caufield Christian Dvorak Juraj Slafkovsky
Josh AndersonSean Monahan Tanner Pearson
Joel ArmiaJake EvansJesse Ylonen
Mike MathesonJustin Barron
Kaiden GuhleGustav Lindstrom
Jayden StrubleJohnathan Kovacevic
Samuel Montembeault
Jake Allen

Tampa Bay Lightning Projected Lineup

Hagel – Point – Kucherov

Stamkos – Paul – Sheary

Barre-Boulet – Cirelli – Motte

Jeannot – Glendening – Eyssimont


Hedman – Cernak

Sergachev – Raddysh

de Haan – Perbix



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I wouldn’t be surprised to see Barre-Boulet have a big game against us tonight. We could have nabbed him for free off waivers a few tim the past few years, but I believe that opportunity has now flown the Coop.


I’m glad that undrafted Barre-Boulet has found work as an NHL’er, but you don’t want to have too many 5-9, 168 lb players in your lineup.

Also, he’s 26 with 15 points in 42 NHL games to his credit. I’m not so sure we’re missing out on anything here, but I wish the kid well👍.


I was thinking more back to a few years ago. I wouldn’t want him now that we have drafted several wee guys in the past couple of drafts. Similar sentiments though. I hope he can carve out a successful career.


Yup really hard to win when you take 150 penalties a game.