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TONIGHT IS THE RETURN OF 

 

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 7:00 PM ET    Vegas @ Montreal   HNIC, TVAS, ATTSN-RM, 690 TSN Radio

 

Max Pacioretty comes back to town as the Canadiens look to avoid dropping their third in a row.

 

Tatar, with 14 points in 16 games, has cemented his position in Pacioretty’s old place to the left of Phillip Danault. Meanwhile, Pacioretty, despite enjoying the scorching heat of the Nevada desert, has been as cold as the Montreal winters that he left behind, notching two goals and zero assists in 12 games.

Pacioretty’s slump to start the season has been representative of Vegas’s play as a team. Despite hopes and expectations being sky-high after last year’s unexpected run to the Stanley Cup Final, the Golden Knights dropped four of their first five games and stumbled to an 5-6-1 October record. November has been likewise average at best, with victories over the Carolina Hurricanes and Ottawa Senators preceded by defeats to the St. Louis Blues and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Much of the blame for Vegas’s woes can be laid at the feet of inconsistent goaltending. After posting a .927 save percentage last season, Marc-Andre Fleury is back to his old self, putting up a .901 thus far in 14 starts. Their scoring is also down dramatically, with Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson being the only players with double-digit point tallies. That said, lest anyone think that the carriage has turned back into a pumpkin, Vegas has both the talent and the underlying numbers to turn their season around, ranking first in the league in 5-on-5 scoring-chance percentage and fourth in high-danger-scoring-chance percentage.

As one team struggles to gain a foothold to climb out of an early season hole, another is threatening to slip and fall after a promising start. The heady days of October have given way to a nervous November, as the Habs have been treading water prior to the Buffalo defeat, which marked the first time they had lost successive matches all year.

More troubling is that some of the hallmarks of last year are starting to make themselves visible again. The power play is impotent and rudderless, failing to convert on two relatively lengthy 5-on-3 sequences against the Sabres. The defensive coverage has been atrocious, with opposition passes going unimpeded and players being unmarked. Finally, while he hasn’t had much help from his friends, Carey Price has not been the Carey Price of old, or even the Carey Price of October — which is why he’ll sit this one out in favour of Antti Niemi, according to Claude Julien.

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3 minutes ago, H_T_L said:

So,,,, does Patches get cheered or booed tonight?  I would hope he gets a warm welcome. He's never said anything bad against the city or fans and has always been a real professional as a Hab.

well either he or mr. B were lying to us fans so we should booo one of the two... I will let you choose which one...lol

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21 minutes ago, H_T_L said:

So,,,, does Patches get cheered or booed tonight?  I would hope he gets a warm welcome. He's never said anything bad against the city or fans and has always been a real professional as a Hab.

I have a feeling he'll be booed, which is a shame. i hope im wrong.  He was never a great choice as captain but it was never his fault. 

he brought us one heck of a return!  

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16 minutes ago, kinot-2 said:

Sorry to burst your bubble.

It's Ouellet and Juulsen that will sit tonight.

Benn - Petry
Schlemko - Mete
Alzner - Reilly

So the 3 stooges back together on defence, and two of the other guys are playing their off-side to accommodate them. Not to mention Benn prefers playing the right side, so everyone's out of position to boot. This is a tire-fire on defence, really pretty much the same line-up we had last year, and we all know how that went.

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