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TONIGHT,,, AT THE BELL CENTER (OR CENTRE BELL IF YOU WILL),  

YOUR/OUR HABS WILL WELCOME THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS,THE SAME TEAM WHO'S BUTT WE KICKED A WEEK AGO. 

OK,,, LET'S SEE WHAT WE'VE GOT HERE.

Interesting, or not so interesting stuff:

The rematch: These teams are meeting for the second time in a week. The Canadiens’ aggressive forechecking caught the Penguins off-guard last Saturday in Pittsburgh and Montreal skated to a 5-1 victory. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan described the Canadiens as hard to play against and Montreal will have to duplicate that performance at home. The Canadiens are coming off a 3-0 loss to Los Angeles in their home opener Thursday, while the Penguins beat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-2.

Shuffling the deck: Claude Julien made his first lineup changes of the season, inserting veteran Tomas Plekanec on the fourth line in place of Matthew Peca. He also followed up on a change he made in the third period of the L.A. game. Paul Byron replaces the struggling Jonathan Drouin on the de facto No. 2 line with rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Joel Armia. Drouin, who is looking for his first point, is with Max Domi and Artturi Lehkonen.

Offensive woes: The loss to the Kings underlined the Canadiens’ inability to score goals, which was a major concern last season. Montreal fired 40 shots at Kings goaltender Jack Campbell, but the quality of the shots didn’t match the quantity. There was a crossbar and a disallowed goal — yes, Andrew Shaw did interfere with Campbell although the replay process was mishandled — but there were too many harmless shots from the outside and very little net presence.

Some random stats: Montreal has allowed only one power play goal and ranks eighth in penalty-killing after posting the second-worst record in the NHL last season. Some other stats aren’t as encouraging. The Canadiens have scored only one power-play goal and rank 24th, while faceoffs continue to be a problem. Extra practice has boosted rookie centre Jesperi Kotkaniemi close to 50 per cent, but the Canadiens as a team are dead-last with a success rate of 39.8 per cent.

Penguins power: Sullivan hasn’t been happy with his team defence, but there’s no doubt this is an explosive team. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have each won two league scoring titles and Jake Guentzel is one of the best third-line centres in the league. Phil Kessel provides power on the wing and he’s coming off a hat-trick Thursday against Vegas. Kris Letang is healthy and provides offence from the back end.

 

 Matt Murray will travel with the Pittsburgh Penguins for their game against the Montreal Canadiens.

The goalie, who missed a 4-2 win against the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday with a concussion, remains day to day. He was a full participant in practice Friday, one day after he took part in an optional morning skate.

 

Lines at practice: 
Tatar - Danault - Gallagher
Drouin - Domi - Lehkonen
Byron - Kotkaniemi - Armia
Hudon - Plekanec - Shaw
De la Rose - Peca - Scherbak

Mete - Petry
Reilly - Juulsen
Ouellet - Benn
Alzner

Niemi
Price is absent (therapy day).

 

Enjoy. :)

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3 hours ago, kinot-2 said:

Shuffling the deck: Claude Julien made his first lineup changes of the season, inserting veteran Tomas Plekanec on the fourth line in place of Matthew Peca. He also followed up on a change he made in the third period of the L.A. game. Paul Byron replaces the struggling Jonathan Drouin on the de facto No. 2 line with rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Joel Armia. Drouin, who is looking for his first point, is with Max Domi and Artturi Lehkonen.

While i like the idea of Drouin-Domi-Lehkonen,  i cant help but think that JK would do better without Armia.    Id love to see him between say Tatar-Gallagher, or even Byron-Hudon or give Sherbak a chance, although I understand they probably want to surround JK with veterans.  Interesting that he's played pretty much all year (preseason too) with at least one Finn on his line. 

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2 hours ago, maas_art said:

While i like the idea of Drouin-Domi-Lehkonen,  i cant help but think that JK would do better without Armia.    Id love to see him between say Tatar-Gallagher, or even Byron-Hudon or give Sherbak a chance, although I understand they probably want to surround JK with veterans.  Interesting that he's played pretty much all year (preseason too) with at least one Finn on his line. 

Armia's a guy who looks like a useful 3rd-4th liner but he hasn't impressed me yet. He goes to the net, and I worry the coaching staff overvalue him like they did Shaw just because he goes to the dirty areas. Not enough skill shown yet to be in the top 6 IMO.

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4 hours ago, maas_art said:

Glad to hear Price just has the flu (that sounds wrong, not wishing him ill will) - i was a little worried when i heard he took a therapy day yesterday but that makes sense. 

He's getting older and slower. That first goal he allowed against us during the LA game was a soft one IMO.

Trade him now while he still has value.

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