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7:00 PM ET Colorado @ Montreal HNIC, TVAS, ALT, TSN Radio 690

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TONITE OUR HABS WELCOME THE

COLORADO 

 

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7:00 PM ET  Colorado @ Montreal  HNIC, TVAS, ALT, TSN Radio 690

Playoff races: After going 1-3-0 in their last four games, the Canadiens have fallen out of a playoff spot. After Thursday night’s 4-1 loss to the Blues in St. Louis, the Canadiens are one point behind both the New York Islanders — who hold the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference — and the Buffalo Sabres — who hold the second spot. The Islanders hold three games in hand and the Sabres have one. The Canadiens are on pace for 93 points and last season it took 97 points to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. The Avalanche hold the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

Special teams: The Canadiens have the worst power play in the NHL, going 1-for-17 in the last six games and clicking at only 12.8 per cent for the season. The Avalanche ranks 27th in penalty-killing at 75.5 per cent, so maybe this is a night the Canadiens’ power play can do something. The Avalanche are ranked fifth in the NHL on the power play at 25.9 per cent, while the Canadiens rank 20th in penalty-killing at 78.4 per cent. Tomas Tatar leads the Canadiens with four power-play goals, while Mikko Rantanen leads the Avalanche with 10.

Terrific trio: The Avalanche have the best offensive line in the NHL with Nathan MacKinnon at centre between Gabriel Landeskog and Rantanen. The line has scored 73 of the Avalanche’s 151 goals this season — or 48 per cent of them. Rantanen is ranked second in the NHL scoring race with 20-48-68 totals — four points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov (21-51-72) — while MacKinnon ranks fourth (26-40-66) and Landeskog is 17th (27-24-51). When the Avalanche beat the Canadiens 2-1 in Colorado on Dec. 19, Rantanen and Landeskog scored the goals.

The goalies: Carey Price will be looking to end a personal three-game losing streak, during which he has allowed eight goals. Price’s last victory was on Jan. 3 when he made 33 saves to shut out the Vancouver Canucks 2-0 at the Bell Centre in his first game back after missing three with a lower-body injury. For the season, Price has a 16-13-4 record with a 2.75 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage. Goaltending has been a problem for the Avalanche, especially over the last nine games when they have a 1-6-2 record while giving up 34 goals. For the season, Semyon Varlamov has an 11-9-5 record with a 2.85 GAA and a .908 save percentage, while Philipp Grubauer has a 9-5-3 record with a 3.29 GAA and a .895 save percentage.

Faceoffs: The Canadiens are almost as bad at faceoffs as they are on the power play, ranking 30th in the NHL in the faceoff circle with a 47 per cent success rate. The Washington Capitals are the only team worse on faceoffs, winning 46.2 per cent. The Avalanche rank 24th at 48.3 per cent.

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Lines:

Drouin - Danault - Gallagher
Lehkonen - Domi - Armia
Tatar - Kotkaniemi - Byron
Agostino - Chaput - Deslauriers

Mete - Weber
Reilly - Petry
Kulak - Benn

Price
Niemi

Scratches: Hudon, Peca, Alzner

 

John Lu:

Habs power play gets a facelift:
Agostino
Weber - Byron - Armia
Drouin

Gallagher
Kotkaniemi - Tatar - Domi
Petry

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GO HABS GO!!!

Not sure about the combinations but we do need the shake up. I thought being needing more offense that Hudon may stay in the line up? Any way I hope it works!

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1 minute ago, CaptWelly said:

GO HABS GO!!!

Not sure about the combinations but we do need the shake up. I thought being needing more offense that Hudon may stay in the line up? Any way I hope it works!

Agreed. I would have put Hudon with Tatar and JK.

I don't think the lines are awful, I just wish they would get around to taking Danault out of the top 6. He and Deslauriers are the new coach's pets... overvalued, which is not to say Danault doesn't have value but he's a great 3C and a below-average top 6 guy. Why not put him in the role he's cut out for and push JK into the top 6, where he's destined to be anyways.

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As it is, we need more from Drouin and Domi, both guys have seen their play really tail off in recent weeks. We also need more team discipline. Too many boneheaded penalties from Domi, too many O zone penalties from everyone.

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my crystal ball says that the Tatar-KK-Byron line will be the best tonight............GO HABS !!

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3 minutes ago, HARBORSPORT said:

my crystal ball says that the Tatar-KK-Byron line will be the best tonight............GO HABS !!

Is that it????, Who's gonna score? What is the final score? Com'on gives us the whole package :P

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Just now, kinot-2 said:

Is that it????, Who's gonna score? What is the final score? Com'on gives us the whole package :P

well, I got this thing from a Leafs fan so I'm not really sure if I should trust it,  but 4-2 final, we win, byron, weber, Domi and kk score.....

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6 minutes ago, HARBORSPORT said:

my crystal ball says that the Tatar-KK-Byron line will be the best tonight............GO HABS !!

I think  the two veterans will give the kid some confidence tonight

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I wonder if we'll score one tonight?

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Just now, Netcase2 said:

I wonder if we'll score one tonight?

Colorado almost did.

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Why don't we just scrape the ice for the guy to skate in too.??

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1 minute ago, Netcase2 said:

I wonder if we'll score one tonight?

Only if we pull Price with 7 mins. to go. 

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1 minute ago, kinot-2 said:

Only if we pull Price with 7 mins. to go. 

^^ this

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