GAME PREVIEW | Canadiens – Canucks: Habs Face Benn

Game Preview by Sam Gerber
Last game : MTL 1  DET 2  F   The Habs put up 43 shots but didn’t get anywhere near the dangerous scoring areas. It’s a game that the Habs should have won and they know it. These are the games that may affect their ability to make the playoffs.

For a complete game recap: Julien Says Habs Were ‘Soft’

Players to watch

  • Shea Weber
    Weber has been great this season. In his home province he will set the tone to ensure that the team is ready for this difficult road trip.
  • Brendan Gallagher
    Gallagher has been guilty of some bad penalties of late and has a lot of motivation to make up for those calls.
  • Artturi Lehkonen
    Lehkonen is underappreciated for everything he does on the ice including creating scoring chances. With Max Domi mired in yet another deep slump the numbers for the line have been affected.  

Keys to Victory

  • Be selective with shots
    The Habs need to stop settling for perimeter shots and get into the slot to create high quality scoring chances.
  • Get a quick start
    Last game the Habs got behind early and it was enough to cost them. A fast start is even more important with this being the first game of a long road trip.
  • Finish chances
    When the Habs get their scoring chances they have to make them count.
Statistical Matchup by All Habs
Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC | December 17, 10:00 PM ET | TV: TSN2, RDS, SNP

2019-20 statistics

36 (21st) Points (rank) 36 (19th)
16-14-4 Record 15-12-6
8-4-3 Home/Away 7-4-3
4-6-0 Last 10 4-5-1
3.15 GF/G 3.19
3.06 GA/G 3.25
25.3 PP% 20.0
81.5 PK% 76.0
50.40  CF% 53.89
Pre-game quotes
Brendan Gallagher

  • “It makes it special, it makes it fun, this whole trip. You only get to play in front of your family and friends one time, so you better make it good.”
Projected forward lines, defense pairings and goaltenders by All Habs
Pearson – Horvat – Leivo
Miller – Pettersson – Boeser
Roussel – Gaudette – Virtanen
Motte – Beagle – Sutter
Tatar – Danault – Gallagher
Lehkonen – Domi – Armia
Cousins – Suzuki – Weal
Poehling – Thompson – Barber
Hughes – Myers 
Fantenberg – Tanev 
Benn – Stecher 
Chiarot – Weber
Kulak – Petry
Reilly – Fleury
Out of the lineup
Scratched: Eriksson, Chatfield, Schaller
Injured: Edler, Ferland, Graovac, Demko
Scratched: Vejdemo, Folin
Injured: Drouin, Byron, Mete, Peca, Kotkaniemi
Jacob Markstrom Carey Price
Record: 9-10-3
GAA: – 2.68
Sv%: – .915
SO: 1
Alternate: Michael DiPietro
Record: 13-10-3
GAA: – 2.92
Sv%: – .905
SO: 1
Alternate: Charlie Lindgren
 What to Expect by Sam Gerber
The Habs are starting their annual West coast trip playing Canada’s 4 Western conferences teams before the holiday break. It’s a long road trip but the Habs have a number of players that are very familiar with living out west and this trip will feel like home to them. They desperately need to have a strong finish to the year and this road trip won’t be easy. Vancouver is currently tied with the Habs in points but have lost their last two games and will definitely be putting up a fight.
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