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 8:00 PM ET  Montreal @ St.Louis  FS-MW, TSN2, RDS





Here are five things you should know about the Canadiens-Blues game at Enterprise Center Thursday (8 p.m.,TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio).

The matchup: The Canadiens have been very good on the road this season and they are coming off a 3-2 win Tuesday in Detroit. The win boosted Montreal’s road record to 12-7-3 and that’s better than their home record of 11-9-2. Montreal’s road-worthiness will be tested by the struggling Blues who have won five of their last six meetings with the Canadiens, including three in a row in St. Louis. The Canadiens hold the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference but they are only one point ahead of the New York Islanders, who have three games in hand.

Price back in nets: Carey Price has lost his last two starts but he played one of his best games this season Monday when he stopped 24 of 25 shots in a 1-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild. After a rocky start to the season, Price’s numbers are approaching respectability. He has a 16-12-4 record with a 2.71 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage. Montreal Juniors alumnus Jake Allen has carried the load for the Blues. He has a 14-14-4 record with 3.07 GAA and an .896 save percentage.

Tatar a great addition: Jeff Petry received most of the attention Tuesday night when he scored the winning goal in his home town, but former Red Wing Tomas Tatar marked his return with a pair of assists. Tatar was acquired from Las Vegas in the deal that sent Max Pacioretty to the desert. At the time, general manager Marc Bergevin said prospect Nick Suzuki was the key player in the deal, but Tatar has provided immediate dividends. He has 14 goals and his 31 points moved him into a tie with Jonathan Drouin for second place in team scoring.

Blues fall short of expectations: The Blues are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games after losing 3-1 to Dallas on Tuesday. St. Louis is 14th in the Western Conference with a 17-20-4 record and is seven points out of a wild-card spot. The expectations were much higher, which is why head coach Mike Yeo was fired after starting the season with a 7-9-2 record. Yeo turned things around last season after he replaced Ken Hitchcock and he engineered a playoff run and a first-round win over Minnesota. But Craig Berube hasn’t been able to work any miracles. The Blues are only slightly better under Berube, who has a 10-11-1 record.

Perron on a roll: The Blues lost David Perron to Vegas in the expansion draft prior to last season but St. Louis brought him back for a third time, signing him to a four-year deal after he had a career season with the Golden Knights. Perron is currently on an eight-game points streak with four goals and seven assists. He has 15 goals and 15 assists on the season. The Blues’ top scorer is Ryan O’Reilly with 16 goals and 40 points. The biggest disappointment has been Vladimir Tarasenko, who has 12 goals and 12 assists and has become the subject of numerous trade rumours.

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6 minutes ago, jennifer_rocket said:

Deslauriers and Alzner in. :rolleyes: I wonder how many points they will get.

From TSN: "Alzner, Deslauriers in as Habs take on Blues team that plays 'heavy game"

Reilly is scratched. 

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9 minutes ago, maas_art said:

yeah that was directed at the coaching staff.  Would love for them to explain to me how Reilly out and Alzner in makes any sense at all. Likewise Dlo.  Who is coming out up front and how can they possibly be worse than Dlo?

I believe that it's Chaput who is sitting. 

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It just makes no sense.  Chaput is better than DLO on every metric except maybe fighting which is basically a non-issue in today's nhl. 

But worse still is Reilly out for Alzner.

Right now our defense look like this:

Very good NHL defensmen:   Petry, Weber

Good young NHL defensmen still trying to establish themselves:  Mete, Juulsen, Reilly, Kulak

Space-holders / fringe NHL defensmen:  Alzner, Benn, Schlemko


So to  take out a guy in category 2 to replace him with someone from category 3 = bad.  But to have 2 of our 6 guys tonight from that group?  Foolhardy.     

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Tale of the Tape

Canadiens Statistic Blues
23-16-5 Record 17-20-4
1-0-0 H2H Record 0-1-0
54.2% (4th) Corsi-for pct. 50.2% (14th)
3.00 (14th) Goals per game 2.78 (22nd)
3.07 (19th) Goals against per game 3.20 (23rd)
12.6% (31st) PP% 19.0% (17th)
78.3% (20th) PK% 79.3% (18th)
W-W-L-L-W Form L-W-L-W-L
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