Canadiens Weekly: February 7-13

Welcome to another recap of the week in Montreal Canadiens Hockey.

This week, there were games against Toronto on February 10th, Edmonton the next day and wrapped up the week with a game in Toronto on February 13th.

February 10th: Toronto Maple Leafs

Game Recap:

Toronto Maple Leafs v. Montreal Canadiens – 7:30p ET

In an Original Six matchup the Montreal Canadiens would play host to the Toronto Maple Leafs. In the first period Josh Anderson would net his 9th of the season to give the Canadiens the 1-0 lead. Then in the second period the Leafs would heat up as Travis Dermott would net his first of the season to tie the game at one. In the third period goals from Justin Holl and Ilya Mikheyev would grow the Leafs lead to two, but while the Canadiens would get a goal from Tomas Tatar, it would not be enough as the Leafs would ice the game with a Zach Hyman tally to give the Maple Leafs the 4-2 victory.

Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Line-up

Zach Hyman — Auston Matthews — Mitchell Marner
William Nylander — John Tavares — Ilya Mikheyev
Jimmy Vesey — Alexander Kerfoot — Pierre Engvall
Nic Petan — Travis Boyd — Jason Spezza
Morgan Rielly — TJ Brodie
Jake Muzzin — Justin Holl
Travis Dermott — Zach Bogosian
Frederik Andersen
Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: Rasmus Sandin, Mikko Lehtonen, Alexander Barabanov, Adam Brooks
Injured: Jack Campbell (leg), Joe Thornton (rib), Wayne Simmonds (wrist), Nicholas Robertson (knee)

Montreal Canadiens Projected Line-up

Tomas Tatar — Phillip Danault — Brendan Gallagher
Jonathan Drouin — Nick Suzuki — Josh Anderson
Tyler Toffoli — Jesperi Kotkaniemi — Joel Armia
Corey Perry — Jake Evans — Artturi Lehkonen
Ben Chiarot — Shea Weber
Joel Edmundson — Jeff Petry
Brett Kulak — Alexander Romanov
Carey Price
Jake Allen

Scratched: Victor Mete
Injured: Paul Byron

1st Period

MTL GoalJosh Anderson (9)Assisted byJonathan Drouin (10)1:16
TOR PenaltyPierre EngvallforHi-sticking2 min minor10:37
MTL PenaltyShea WeberforHooking2 min minor15:08
MTL PenaltyPhillip DanaultforHooking2 min minor18:38

1st Period Stats

Toronto – 0Montreal – 1
Faceoffs8 of 1911 of 19
Power Play0 for 2*0 for 1:38 left on PP
Shots69
Hits57

2nd Period

TOR PenaltyZach BogosianforHolding2 min minor9:02
TOR PenaltyJustin HollforRoughing2 min minor13:47
MTL PenaltyJake EvansforSlashing2 min minor13:47
MTL PenaltyJoel EdmundsonforInterference2 min minor20:00
TOR PenaltyZach HymanforEmbellishment2 min minor20:00

2nd Period Stats

Toronto – 1Montreal – 1
Faceoffs16 of 3620 of 36
Power Play0 for 20 for 2
Shots1222
Hits1612

3rd Period

TOR GoalJustin HollAssisted byJohn Tavares (9)Jake Muzzin (7)1:50
TOR GoalIlya MikheyevAssisted byAlexander Kerfoot (4)Zach Hyman (5)2:32
MTL GoalTomas TatarAssisted byBen Chiarot (3)Alexander Romanov (2)16:40
TOR GoalZach HymanAssisted byAuston Matthews (5)Jake Muzzin (8)18:56

3rd Period Stats

Toronto – 4Montreal – 2
Faceoffs27 of 5124 of 51
Power Play0 for 20 for 2
Shots2435
Hits1919

Game Highlights:

February 11th: Edmonton Oilers

Game Recap:

Edmonton Oilers v. Montreal Canadiens – 8p ET

For the second consecutive night, the Montreal Canadiens have a home game but tonight the Oilers visit. In the first period, Jujhar Khaira gets the Oilers on the board. In the second period, Edmonton takes the 2-0 lead with a Darnell Nurse goal. In the third, Tyson Barrie scores a PPG to give the Oilers the 3-0 lead. Edmonton goes on to shutout the Montreal Canadiens with the 3-0 win.

Edmonton Oilers Projected Line-up

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins — Connor McDavid — James Neal
Dominik Kahun — Leon Draisaitl — Kailer Yamamoto
Devin Shore — Kyle Turris — Alex Chiasson
Josh Archibald — Jujhar Khaira — Tyler Ennis
Darnell Nurse — Tyson Barrie
William Lagesson — Adam Larsson
Kris Russell — Evan Bouchard
Mike Smith
Dylan Wells

Scratched: Caleb Jones, Slater Koekkoek, Mikko Koskinen
Injured: Ethan Bear (undisclosed), Zack Kassian (upper body), Gaetan Haas (undisclosed)
COVID-19 protocol: Jesse Puljujarvi

Montreal Canadiens Projected Line-up

Jonathan Drouin — Nick Suzuki — Josh Anderson
Tyler Toffoli — Phillip Danault — Brendan Gallagher
Tomas Tatar — Jesperi Kotkaniemi — Joel Armia
Paul Byron — Jake Evans — Artturi Lehkonen
Ben Chiarot — Shea Weber
Joel Edmundson — Jeff Petry
Brett Kulak — Alexander Romanov
Jake Allen
Carey Price

Scratched: Victor Mete, Corey Perry
Injured: None

1st Period

EDM GoalJujhat Kharia (2)Assisted byJosh Archibald (2)Tyler Ennis (2)08:27

1st Period Stats

Edmonton – 1Montreal – 0
Faceoffs8 of 168 of 16
Power Play0 for 00 for 0
Shots811
Hits1317

2nd Period

EDM GoalDarnell Nurse (6)Unassisted01:27
MTL PenaltyBen ChiarotforTripping2 min minor12:50

2nd Period Stats

Edmonton – 2Montreal – 0
Faceoffs13 of 3320 of 33
Power Play0 for 10 for 0
Shots2224
Hits1733

3rd Period

MTL PenaltyPhillip DanaultforInterference2 min minor:55
MTL PenaltyJosh Andersonfor Roughingserved by Jonathan Drouin2 min minor04:10
EDM PenaltyWilliam LagessonforHolding2 min minor04:10
MTL PenaltyJosh AndersonforRoughing2 min minor04:10
EDM PPGTyson Barrie (3)forLeon Draisaitl (18)Connor McDavid (19)04:44
EDM PenaltyEvan BouchardforInterference2 min minor14:12
EDM PenaltyDarnell NurseforSlashing2 min minor20:00

3rd Period Stats

Edmonton – 3Montreal – 0
Faceoffs29 of 5324 of 53
Power Play1 for 30 for 1
Shots3138
Hits2644

Game Highlights:

February 13th: at Toronto Maple Leafs

Game Recap:

In the second match-up between Original Six clubs this week, this time the Habs visit Toronto. Montreal looks to get back in the win column while Toronto looks to extend their lead in the North Division. In the first period, Toronto gets on the board with Mitch Marner’s seventh goal of the season, assisted by Auston Matthews and Zach Hyman at 3:36. Montreal goes on the penalty kill when Tyler Toffoli goes to the penalty box for a Holding call at 15:35 in the period. The first period had 19 hits from the Habs while Toronto managed one hit, but Toronto had a large time of puck possession. In the second period, there were no goals or penalties. As the contest moves to the third period, Montreal ties the game with a goal by Tyler Toffoli, his 10th goal of the season. Toffoli’s goal is assisted by Phillip Danault and Brendan Gallagher with the time of the goal at 16:11. At the 16:54 mark, Brendan Gallagher scores his sixth goal of the season to give the Canadiens the 2-1 lead and eventual win with the assists on the goal coming from Jeff Petry and Tyler Toffoli.

Montreal Canadiens Projected Line-up

Jonathan Drouin — Nick Suzuki — Josh Anderson
Tyler Toffoli — Phillip Danault — Brendan Gallagher
Artturi Lehkonen — Jesperi Kotkaniemi — Joel Armia
Paul Byron — Jake Evans — Corey Perry
Ben Chiarot — Shea Weber
Joel Edmundson — Jeff Petry
Victor Mete — Alexander Romanov
Carey Price
Jake Allen

Scratched: Brett Kulak, Tomas Tatar
Injured: None

Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Line-up

Zach Hyman — Auston Matthews — Mitchell Marner
Ilya Mikheyev — John Tavares — William Nylander
Jimmy Vesey — Alexander Kerfoot — Pierre Engvall
Nic Petan — Travis Boyd — Jason Spezza
Morgan Rielly — TJ Brodie
Jake Muzzin — Justin Holl
Travis Dermott — Zach Bogosian
Frederik Andersen
Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: Alexander Barabanov, Mikko Lehtonen, Joseph Woll
Injured: Nicholas Robertson (lower body), Joe Thornton (upper body), Jack Campbell (lower body), Wayne Simmonds (wrist)

1st Period:

TOR GoalMitch Marner (7)Assisted byAuston Matthews (6)Zach Hyman (6)3:36
MTL PenaltyTyler ToffoliforHolding2 min minor15:35

1st Period Stats

Montreal – 0Toronto – 1
Faceoffs6 of 126 of 12
Power Play0 for 00 for 1
Shots69
Hits181

2nd Period

No Goals
No Penalties

2nd Period Stats

Montreal – 0Toronto – 1
Faceoffs11 of 2514 of 25
Power Play0 for 00 for 1
Shots1116
Hits397

3rd Period

MTL GoalTyler Toffoli (10)Assisted byPhillip Danault (6)Brendan Gallagher (3)6:11
MTL GoalBrendan Gallagher (6)Assisted byJeff Petry (9)Tyler Toffoli (5)16:54

3rd Period Stats

Montreal – 2Toronto – 1
Faceoffs17 of 3518 of 35
Power Play0 for 00 for 1
Shots2522
Hits4616

Game Highlights:

Analysis of the Week:

This was not a great week for Montreal, seeing as the Habs were playing against two of the best teams that the North Division has to offer. Between the two games against Toronto and the Edmonton game, the Habs finished the week 1-2 -0. On the season the Habs have a record of 9-4-2 (20 pts, .667%).

The faceoffs still are a bit of a troublesome area but the Habs are getting the shots off, but were not getting those shots in the back of the net. The penalties are still a bit of a problem however they are killing off those penalties. In the upcoming week the one area I’d like to see Montreal work out the overall puck possession and get back to the winning ways they had in the first month of the season.

Upcoming Canadiens Contests:

Saturday, February 20th: Toronto Maple Leafs, 7p ET
Sunday, February 21st: at Ottawa Senators, 7p ET
Tuesday, February 23rd: at Ottawa Senators, 7p ET
Thursday, February 25th: at Winnipeg Jets, 8p ET
Saturday, February 27th: at Winnipeg Jets, 10p ET

With only one game next week, there will be no Canadiens recap released next week. The next Canadiens recap will come Sunday, February 28th.

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