GAME PREVIEW | Senators – Canadiens: Poehling, Primeau Playing for Habs

Game Preview by Sam Gerber
Last game : MTL 4  PIT 1  F   The Habs woke up after a sluggish first period scoring three goals in the second. The period was highlighted by Shea Weber scoring a back-hand wrap-around goal something certainly surprising. In the last two games, Carey Price has only given up one goal giving the Habs a great chance at winning and a promising start to December.

For a complete game recap: Habs Stifle Pens

Players to watch

  • Shea Weber
    Weber is having a great season and that has continued no matter his defensive partner. When paired with Ben Chariot, the two are similar in size and strength with  Chariot being comfortable as a stay home defenceman.
  • Ryan Poehling
    Poehling is back up with the Canadiens once again. He has been on a roll in Laval and will look to keep that going with the Habs.
  • Max Domi
    The Habs need more from Domi, much more. He put up a solid effort last season but the effort level has been lacking this year. Perhaps it is time to move him to the wing for good.  

Keys to Victory

  • Start fast
    The Habs need to have a strong effort right from the opening drop of the puck.
  • Show effort
    The Sens can’t be taken lightly and are always ready for a fight. They need to play with the effort that Brendan Gallagher showed racing to the puck for an empty net goal against the Penguins.
  • Focus on defence
     The Habs forwards can’t get caught too deep when the defence jump up and need to beat their man on the back-check.
Statistical Matchup by All Habs
Bell Centre, Montreal, QC | December 11, 7:30 PM ET | TV: SN, RDS

2019-20 statistics

SENATORS CANADIENS
27 (28th) Points (rank) 34 (18th)
13-17-1 Record 14-11-6
5-12-1 Away/Home 7-7-3
4-6-0 Last 10 3-5-2
2.71 GF/G 3.19
3.10 GA/G 3.29
9.3 PP% 20.0
82.3 PK% 75.8
48.23  CF% 53.79
Pre-game quotes
Claude Julien

  • “Anytime you have a back-to-back game, the last thing you want to do as a team, as a coach, is shorten your bench. And when you’ve got everybody going it’s the best thing you can have in those circumstances, so you don’t overutilize certain players. And I think the guys did exactly that [Tuesday], I didn’t have to shorten the bench.”
Projected forward lines, defense pairings and goaltenders by All Habs
Forwards
Tkachuk – Pageau – C. Brown
Ennis – Anisimov – White
Namestnikov – Tierney – Duclair
Paul –  L. Brown – Davidsson
Tatar – Danault – Gallagher
Lehkonen – Domi – Armia
Cousins – Suzuki – Weal
Poehling – Thompson – Barber
Defensemen
Chabot – Demelo
Borowiecki – Zaitsev
Hainsey – Goloubef
Chiarot – Weber
Kulak – Petry
Leskinen – Fleury
Out of the lineup
Scratched: Boedker, Lajoie
Injured: Sabourin, Anderson
Scratched: Reilly, Folin
Injured: Drouin, Byron, Mete, Peca, Kotkaniemi
Goalies
Anders Nilsson Cayden Primeau
Record: 8-8-1
GAA: – 3.03
Sv%: – .913
SO: 0
Alternate: Marcus Hogberg
Record: 0-1-0
GAA: – 3.11
Sv%: – .914
SO: 0
Alternate: Carey Price
 What to Expect by Sam Gerber
The Canadiens have won three of their last four. Two games that they should win are on tap against the Senators and Red Wings. That said, for a team that is rebuilding, the Senators aren’t far behind the Habs. The Atlantic division is tight with only nine points separating second from seventh.
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