Artturi Lehkonen – Nick Suzuki – Tyler Toffoli
Paul Byron – Jake Evans – Josh Anderson
Mike Hoffman – Laurent Dauphin – Brendan Gallagher
Joel Armia – Ryan Poehling – Cole Caufield
Ben Chiarot – Alexander Romanov
Brett Kulak – Jeff Petry
Kale Clague – Chris Wideman
Cayden Primeau – Sam Montembeault
Cedric Paquette, Rem Pitlick, Michael Pezzetta
Christian Dvorak (upper-body), David Savard (ankle), Jonathan Drouin (wrist), Jake Allen (lower-body), Mathieu Perreault (lower-body), Joel Edmundson (back), Carey Price (knee), Shea Weber (multiple injuries)
Another blowout. But this one was particularly demoralizing. The Devils are a bottom-5 team in the league with bad goaltending. Until tonight.
New Jersey pressured Canadiens puck carriers all over the ice and when they had possession easily navigated into the Montreal zone. The broadcaster claimed that it was the Devils’ best second period all season. And it came against the Habs.
New Jersey had won just once in their previous 10 games. Yet, they had little difficulty with this year’s edition of the Canadiens.
Canadiens’ forwards had good shifts. They threatened and hit iron. But then, they gave up a soft goal.
When a save is needed, the Canadiens netminders can not be counted on. The team is struggling with two AHL-caliber goaltenders.
This team has a myriad of problems besides the player manning the crease. But when a team does not give goaltending, it’s difficult to fight through any of the other issues.
In the words of Josh Anderson, “We got embarrassed out there tonight.”
It was the Canadiens 30th regulation loss of the season in game 45. And it seemed to hurt the players more than most.
The Canadiens will host the Washington Capitals on Thursday night at the Bell Center.
▲ Ryan Poehling, Artturi Lehkonen
▼ Cayden Primeau, Brett Kulak, Jeff Petry, Laurent Dauphin, Kale Clague, Paul Byron, Brendan Gallagher, Jake Evans
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