Canadiens Weekly: Opening Week

Ladies and Gentleman, Boys and Girls, this is Dickson here and I bring to you the week with the Montreal Canadiens. Here I will bring you recaps, highlights, analysis of the games of the past week, and finally upcoming contests.

Here we go…

The Montreal Canadiens would kick off the 2021 campaign with a contest against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Opening Night: January 13, 2021 at Toronto Maple Leafs

Montreal Canadiens line-up v. Toronto Maple Leafs (01/13/21)

Recap:

The Montreal Canadiens in the opening contest would have a decent first period thanks to a PPG from Nick Suzuki at the 12:49 mark in the period. Toronto’s William Nylander would score at 15:56 to make it a 1-1 contest. Josh Anderson would score his first goal as a member of the Canadiens to give Montreal the 2-1 lead. As the contest enters the second period, Tomas Tatar scores a PPG at 7:20 to extend Montreal’s lead to 3-1. Nylander would score for the Maple Leafs at 18:00 to bring Toronto within a goal and at 19:21, John Tavares would score for Toronto tie the contest at 3-3 as the contest heads into the third period. In the third period, Josh Anderson would net his second goal in the contest early in the period to make it a 4-3 Montreal lead. Jimmy Vessey would tie the game for Toronto at 10:33. In the overtime period, Morgan Rielly would win the game for Toronto 5-4.

Game Highlights:

Montreal Canadiens at Edmonton Oilers: January 16th, 2021

Montreal Canadiens Line-up vs. Edmonton Oilers (01/16/21)

Recap:

Montreal looks to get their first win of the season after the 5-4 overtime loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs last Tuesday when they take on the Edmonton Oilers.

In the first period, Montreal would open up the scoring when Jeff Petry would net a PPG at 6:50, his first goal of the season. Later on the the period, Edmonton’s Connor McDavid would be denied a goal after an amazing save by Canadiens goaltender Carey Price. As the contest heads into the second period, this would be a period where Montreal was clicking on all cylinders. 2:19 into the period, Tomas Tatar scored his second goal of the season to make it a 2-0 Montreal lead. Jeff Petry would score his second goal of the contest at 7:27 to make it a 3-0 Canadiens lead. While Montreal’s Artturi Lehkonen is severing a minor penalty for a delay of game-puck over glass, Jake Evans scores a shorthanded goal at 9:17. Midway through the third period, Tomas Tatar scores his third goal of the season that goes right between the legs of Edmonton goaltender Mikko Koskinen. Edmonton got on the board with a goal by Slater Koekkoek at 12:59 to make it a 5-1 Montreal lead. Brenden Gallagher would get slammed into the boards by Edmonton’s Darnell Nurse at 15:58 to bring on Montreal’s second power play of the evening, but Gallagher would get up unscathed from the hit. Montreal would go on to win this contest by the score of 5-1.

Game Highlights:

Analysis of the Week:

Montreal has come out with the goals, as noted above from the last two contests. However, Montreal does need to stay a bit more disciplined when it comes to the puck possession. If Montreal plays this week the same way on the offencive side of the puck as they did in the last two contests, it should be a very successful week. With a back-to-back this week, look for Jake Allen to make his Canadiens debut.

Josh Anderson played a great contest against Toronto, but he would be absent from the scoresheet against Edmonton. Tomas Tatar had a great outing in his two contests and goaltender Carey Price had a .913 save percentage over the two games played during the week.

There was a nice set of players all getting on the score sheet this week and look for a bit of the same going on during the next week.

Look for a few tweaks to be made with lines as the games go on during next weeks slate of games.

Upcoming Montreal Contests:

Monday, January 18th, 2021: at Edmonton Oilers 9p ET
Wednesday, January 20th, 2021: at Vancouver Canucks 10p ET
Thursday, January 21st, 2021: at Vancouver Canucks 9:30p ET (NBCSN)
Saturday, January 23rd, 2021: at Vancouver Canucks 7p ET (CBC, SN)

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