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Game #7 ~ Montreal Canadiens @ Los Angeles Kings. Wednesday, October 18th, 2017.


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Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Canadiens (1-4-1) @ Kings (4-0-1)

TVTSN2, RDS, FS-W

10:30pm

Less than 24 hours after losing in San Jose, the Canadiens will be back at work on Wednesday night at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles battling the Kings.

The Habs are coming off their fifth straight defeat, dropping a 5-2 decision to the Sharks in Northern California.

Jonathan Drouin and Shea Weber were the lone goal scorers for Claude Julien's contingent. Carey Price, meanwhile, surrendered four goals on 34 shots against.

By picking up two points against the Sharks, Drouin reached the 100-point plateau in the NHL ranks. For his part, Victor Mete picked up his first career NHL point in setting up Weber's tally.

Following Tuesday night's loss, Julien hadn't yet decided which goaltender would get the call against the Kings. That means that Al Montoya could make his first start of the season on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old goaltender hasn't seen game action since taking over for Price during the contest in Washington on October 7. He boasts a 2-1-0 record and a 2.43 goals-against average in six career outings against the Kings.

John Stevens' contingent currently leads the Pacific Division. The Kings will be playing their first game since Sunday when they downed the New York Islanders 3-2.

The Canadiens will undoubtedly have to keep a close eye on Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown, both of whom are enjoying strong starts to the season. They've each scored four goals and amassed eight and seven points, respectively, in five games.

The Canadiens downed the Kings in both of their meetings last year. In their lone visit to Los Angeles on December 4, 2016, they came away with a 5-4 shootout win.

https://www.nhl.com/canadiens/news/pregame-game-preview---canadiens---kings/c-292043398

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On the lines:

- YES to AG with Drouin... not sure BG wouldn't have been the better 3rd member of the trio but what's there can work

- Could be last shot for Hemsky to make something work

- Hudon-Gallagher could be interesting.

- Last line works well as long as it's used as the 4th line

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Just now, habs_93 said:

He's really shown a lot. It's going to be difficult to send him back to junior.

Well Schlemko won't be back before Mete's 9th game, so Mete has to show he's better than only one of Benn, Alzner, Morrow, and Davidson. Thus far, he's better than all of them.

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Just now, BigTed3 said:

Well Schlemko won't be back before Mete's 9th game, so Mete has to show he's better than only one of Benn, Alzner, Morrow, and Davidson. Thus far, he's better than all of them.

Straight up on merit, you're obviously right. I'm thinking about the future though. Another year of ELC might be really important when we're rebuilding, but if he's ready for the NHL, we don't want to stunt his development.

I'm glad I'm not GM.

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