GAME PREVIEW | Ducks – Canadiens: Weber Placed on IR

Game Preview by Elias Laradi
Last game : MTL 5  NJD 4  (SO)   The Canadiens completed a thrilling, comeback win over the lowly New Jersey Devils. Back in Newark, Ilya Kovalchuk was greeted by boos from the fans in Newark but scored the game-deciding goal. Charlie Lindgren was perfect in the shootout, earning his first win of the season.

For a complete game recap: Kovalchuk, Lindgren Shootout Heroes for Habs

Players to watch

  • Joel Armia
    Armia scored his 14th goal of the season on Monday, a new career high. The winger is just four points away from setting another career milestone. 
  • Ilya Kovalchuk
    Although Kovalchuk has not scored in the past three games, he has contributed to Habs offence with 10 points in 13 games. Kovalchuk recorded nine points in 17 games with the Kings earlier this season.
  • Dale Weise
    Weise hoped that his fight with John Hayden against the Devils would change the direction of the game. Will he drop the gloves with former Canadien Nicolas Deslauriers?

Keys to Victory

  • Start strong
    Perhaps slowed by the flu, the Habs had a weak start in New Jersey. Buoyed by an emotional comeback win, the Canadiens need a strong start at home.
  • Be better while short-handed
    The Canadiens penalty-kill led by Phillip Danault gave up two goals to a weak New Jersey power-play. Anaheim owns the worst power-play in the NHL so the Habs have an opportunity for a perfect night while short-handed.
  • Win puck battles
    The Canadiens can’t let sloppy play in the defensive zone provide scoring chances for their opposition. Winning battles and moving the puck swiftly will frustrate the low-scoring Ducks.
Statistical Matchup by All Habs
Bell Centre, Montreal, QC | February 6, 7:00 PM ET | TV: TSN2, RDS, PRIME

2019-20 statistics

DUCKS CANADIENS
49 (27th) Points (rank) 57 (22nd)
22-26-5 Record 25-23-7
10-16-2 Away/Home 11-14-4
5-5-0 Last 10 7-3-0
2.49 GF/G 3.05
3.06 GA/G 3.07
14.3 PP% 19.9
78.1 PK% 78.9
48.75  CF%  54.34
Pre-game quote
Max Domi

  • “We’re all in this together and we’re finding ways to make up for situations that we couldn’t have planned for, we couldn’t have prepared for. But we’re just kind of taking it day by day, and that’s all you can really do.”
Projected forward lines, defense pairings and goaltenders
Forwards
Rakell – Getzlaf – Silfverberg
Jones – Steel – Kase
Ritchie – Henrique – Terry
Deslauriers – Grant – Sprong
Tatar – Danault – Gallagher
Lehkonen – Suzuki – Armia
Kovalchuk – Domi – Evans
Cousins – Thompson – Weise
Defensemen
 Lindholm – Gudbranson
 Fowler – Manson
Larsson – Holzer
Chiarot – Mete
Kulak – Petry
Scandella – Folin
Out of the lineup
Scratched: Rowney, Shore, Del Zotto
Injured: none
Scratched: Weal (flu), Poehling (flu), Ouellet
Injured: Drouin, Byron, Weber
Goalies
John Gibson Carey Price
Record: 16-21-3
GAA: – 2.96
Sv%: – .905
SO: 1
Alternate: Ryan Miller
Record: 22-18-4
GAA: – 2.74
Sv%: – .911
SO: 3
Alternate: Charlie Lindgren
 What to Expect by Elias Laradi
The Canadiens host Anaheim on their yearly trip through Canada. The Ducks, like the Devils, are a team heading towards a lottery pick. The Habs should to assert their speed to have a good chance at beating a California team trying to play spoiler.
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