Tyler Toffoli – Nick Suzuki – Joel Armia
Jonathan Drouin – Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Josh Anderson
Tomas Tatar – Phillip Danault – Paul Byron
Artturi Lehkonen – Eric Staal – Corey Perry
Ben Chiarot – Shea Weber
Joel Edmundson – Jeff Petry
Alexander Romanov – Brett Kulak
Jake Allen – Cayden Primeau
Xavier Ouellet, Jake Evans
Michael Frolik, Michael McNiven, Otto Leskinen, Cole Caufield
Brendan Gallagher (hand), Carey Value (lower-body), Erik Gustafsson (COVID protocol), Jon Merrill (COVID protocol)
This was a low occasion recreation. The Canadiens have been notably torpid not reacting nicely to a puck drop that was one hour sooner than standard. The beginning mirrored Wednesday’s recreation the place Calgary owned a great deal of possession time and the Canadiens, notably Phillip Danault, couldn’t win a faceoff.
However the second interval was extra evenly performed with the Canadiens being first to gentle the objective lamp. After a scorching begin, Tyler Toffoli had cooled off with out a objective in his earlier six video games. However the return of Joel Armia has ignited the Nick Suzuki line, resulting in a two-goal evening for Toffoli.
It was Armia’s second recreation again after a 3 and a half week absence because of testing constructive for the coronavirus. Armia obtained his legs again below him on Wednesday however was 100 per cent for his effort on this recreation. Additionally making his method again into the lineup was Ben Chiarot who returned just a little greater than 4 weeks after fracturing his hand.
As Stephane Waite revealed the Canadiens play way more defensively with their backup in objective and tonight was no exception. Devoting extra of their focus to serving to Jake Allen defend left much less time for offence. The Canadiens managed simply 20 pictures over 60 minutes.
For Allen, it was the third win in his final 13 begins. Credit score to the Canadiens who performed a playoff sort recreation which required endurance, a excessive compete stage and their prime objective scorer to step up at exactly the best second.
Montreal is not going to have a recreation day skate on Saturday. The Canadiens shut out their six recreation homestand with a matinee recreation towards the Ottawa Senators. Puck drop is at 4:00 pm. ET.
▲ Tyler Toffoli, Joel Armia, Nick Suzuki, Jake Allen
▼ Jonathan Drouin, Eric Staal, Phillip Danault
Take a look at the sport preview right here: Flames @ Canadiens: Chiarot Expected to Return