A Look Again
The Habs did their finest containing Connor McDavid for 2 intervals however within the third he took over and the Habs have been nowhere to be discovered. Making an attempt to defend a one objective lead towards the perfect participant within the league isn’t a recipe for achievement and the Habs paid dearly for it. The larger concern is that Carey Value left the sport after the primary interval after struggling a concussion . Value is predicted to be out at the very least per week. Shedding Value this late into the season could possibly be troublesome for a group who’re hanging on to a playoff spot.
Final sport: MTL 1 EDM 4
For an entire sport recap: Canadiens @ Oilers: Overwhelmed by McDavid
Gamers to Watch
- Jonathan Merrill
Merrill will make his Habs debut after serving his quarantine. Merrill is an excellent defender and has some mobility. Don’t anticipate something too flashy from him as his season excessive in factors is simply 15.
- Jake Allen
Allen goes to be leaned on the damage to Value. Allen has performed fairly nicely however has struggled together with his rebound management. Because the Habs work to play tighter defence with Jake in web and dealing to wash up rebounds, their offensive sport has suffered. The group in entrance of him wants make a distinction.
- Shea Weber
Weber is thought within the league for his highly effective slapshot and it has been lacking currently. A scarcity of time to wind up or not in a one timer possibility has been the one factor constant for Weber this season and is a giant cause he has solely 5 objectives this season.
Keys to Victory
- Shut down McDavid
The Habs performed with hearth final sport and bought burned, McDavid turned it on within the third and scored three factors whereas taking on the sport. The Habs must be smarter and may’t afford to let up on the MVP of the league at any level within the sport.
- Get supplementary offence
The Habs don’t have a participant at present on their roster the place each time he’s on the ice you anticipate to attain or get a excessive finish likelihood. The Habs have achieved it by committee over the past a number of seasons. When it really works they give the impression of being untouchable nevertheless it hasn’t been and the Habs have to determine it out and discover their offence as soon as once more.
- Win particular groups
Whereas holding onto a one objective lead the Habs had probabilities on the power-play to double their lead however they have been horrible with the person benefit. Nothing appeared proper and the Habs want a brand new method from Alex Burrows.
|Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB | April 21, 10:00 PM ET | TV: TSN2, RDS, SNW
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- “You’re simply making an attempt to do every thing it takes to win hockey video games. You need the coaches’ belief. It offers you confidence in your sport and also you simply wish to go on the market and play exhausting each shift. You wish to be on the ice in these essential minutes of the sport and assist your teammates with the hockey sport. I’m simply making an attempt to do every thing I can to assist the group win and attempt to get some factors right here.”
| Projected Forwards, Protection and Goaltenders (topic to alter)
|Draisaitl – McDavid – Puljujarvi
Kahun – Haas – Yamamoto
Archibald – Khaira – Chiasson
Nygard – Shore – Kassian
|Toffoli – Suzuki – Armia
Tatar – Danault – Anderson
Lehkonen – Kotkaniemi – Byron
Drouin – Staal – Perry
|Nurse – Barrie
Russell – Larsson
Jones – Bear
|Chiarot – Weber
Edmundson – Petry
Romanov – Merrill
|Out of the lineup
Injured: Koekkoek, Klefbom, Nugent-Hopkins, Kulikov (COVID protocol)
|Scratched: Frolik, Evans, Kulak
Injured: Gallagher (hand), Gustafsson (COVID protocol)
Alternate: Mikko Koskinen
Alternate: Cayden Primeau
| Sport Expectations
|The Habs have to get again within the win column. After two unhealthy losses the Habs don’t appear to be themselves. The three most necessary video games of the Habs season are developing and they should get some confidence again. The Oilers are in a special state of affairs, with a playoff spot nearly all however locked up they might make a run at successful the North division but.
Monday’s sport was a really bodily and the contact in tonight’s sport could possibly be ramped up much more.
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