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Embarrassed Again | RECAP: NJD @ MTL


Canadiens Lineup


Forward lines

Artturi Lehkonen – Nick Suzuki – Tyler Toffoli

Paul Byron – Jake Evans – Josh Anderson

Mike Hoffman – Laurent Dauphin – Brendan Gallagher

Joel Armia – Ryan Poehling – Cole Caufield


Defense pairings

Ben Chiarot – Alexander Romanov

Brett Kulak – Jeff Petry

Kale Clague – Chris Wideman


Goaltenders

Cayden Primeau – Sam Montembeault


Scratches

Cedric Paquette, Rem Pitlick, Michael Pezzetta


Injuries

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)


COVID-19 protocol

none


Game Report

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.

Up Next

The Canadiens will host the Washington Capitals on Thursday night at the Bell Center.

Plus

▲ Ryan Poehling, Artturi Lehkonen

Minus

▼ Cayden Primeau, Brett Kulak, Jeff Petry, Laurent Dauphin, Kale Clague, Paul Byron, Brendan Gallagher, Jake Evans

Game Preview

Check out the game preview here: Return to Action | PREVIEW: NJD @ MTL



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