Canadiens Weekly: Still Some Room For Improvement

It’s time once again to review the week in Montreal Canadiens Hockey.

Let’s get this out of the way now. The Habs can only get much worse before it gets better.

The good news is Carey Price will return to the team this week after missing the first month of the season after being a part of the NHL’s Player AssisG ance Program. The bad news is he will need to get into game shape which is going to take a couple of weeks or so.

More news on the return of Carey Price can be found here.

Now…this was another ugly week, Only highlight of the week is when the Canadiens shutout the Red Wings Tuesday evening after returning from their early West Coast road trip.

Onto the game recaps…

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Sunday, October 31, 2021: Montreal Canadiens at Anaheim Ducks

Montreal Canadiens Lines and Defencive Pairings

Jonathan DrouinChristian DvorakJosh Anderson
Mike HoffmanNick SuzukiTyler Toffoli
Joel ArmiaJosh BrooksCole Caufield
Artturi LehkonenCedric PaquetteJake Evans
Ben ChiarotJeff Petry
Alexander RomanovDavid Savard
Sami NikuBrett Kulak
Sam Montembeault
Jake Allen
Scratched:Mathieu PerreaultChris WidemanBrendan Gallagher
Injured:Paul Byron (hip)
Joel Teasdale (undisclosed)
Joel Edmundson (undisclosed)
Josh Brooks (undisclosed)

Anaheim Ducks Lines and Defencive Pairings

Ducks projected lineup
Adam HenriqueRyan GetzlafTroy Terry
Max ComtoisTrevor ZegrasSonny Milano
Sam SteelIsac LundestromJakob Silfverberg
Nicolas DeslauriersBenoit-Oliver GroulxDerek Grant
Hampus LindholmJamie Drysdale
Cam FowlerJosh Manson
Simon BenoitKevin Shattenkirk
John Gibson
Anthony Stolarz
Scratched:Josh Mahura
Injured:Rickard Rakell (upper body)
Mason McTavish (lower body)
Max Jones (upper body)

TXHT’s Game Recap: In Anaheim the Ducks would take on the struggling Montreal Canadiens, and in the first period Mike Hoffman would score on the powerplay for the Habs, but powerplay goals from Adam Henrique and Vinni Lettieri would give the Ducks the 2-1 lead. In the second period Jake Evans would score to tie the game at two for the Habs. Then in the third period Troy Terry and Sam Carrick would score to give the Ducks the 4-2 victory.

Scoring and Penalty Summary:

1st Period
1:43MTLBrett KulakforHolding the Stick2 min
3:39ANAPP GoalAdam Henrique (4)Assisted bySonny Milano (3), Kevin Shattenkirk (6)
4:07ANASam CarrickforInterference2 min
4:12MTLPP GoalMike Hoffman (4)Assisted byChris Wideman (1), Jonathan Drouin (5)
10:17ANASonny MilanoforRoughing2 min
10:17MTLCedric PaquetteforBoarding (served by Adam Brooks)5 min
10:17MTLCedric PaquetteforRoughing2 min
10:17MTLCedric PaquetteforMisconduct10 min
12:47ANAPP GoalVinni Lettieri (1)Assisted byAdam Henrique (5), Kevin Shattenkirk (7)
13:45MTLArtturi LehkonenforHolding2 min
2nd Period
2:44ANADerek GrantforSlashing2 min
3:20MTLJonathan DrouinforHooking2 min
6:55MTLBrett KulakforHooking2 min
9:52ANATroy TerryforHolding Stick2 min
18:05MTLGoalJake Evans (1)Assisted byArtturi Lehkonen (1), Jeff Petry (1)
3rd Period
7:25ANAKevin ShattenkirkforHooking2 min
10:10ANAGoalTroy Terry (5)Assisted byRyan Getzlaf (7), Cam Fowler (5)
18:50ANAEN GoalSam Carrick (1)Assisted byCam Fowler (6), Isac Lundestrom (7)

Period by Period Statistical Summary:

1st Period StatsMTL – 1ANA – 2
Faceoffs912
Power Play1/12/3
Shots510
Hits76
2nd Period StatsMTL – 2ANA – 2
Faceoffs2223
Power Play1/32/5
Shots1217
Hits2114
3rd Period StatsMTL – 2ANA – 4
Faceoffs2934
Power Play1/42/6
Shots1826
Hits1622

Things to focus on in the next contest: Attack the net. Losing Paquette due to the misconduct is unacceptable and was served a two game suspension by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. This is another big loss to a team that is already depleted across the board.

Next contest: November 2nd v. Detroit Red Wings

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November 2nd, 2021: Detroit Red Wings at Montreal Canadiens

Montreal Canadiens Lines and Defencive Pairings

Tyler ToffoliNick SuzukiBrendan Gallagher
Mike HoffmanJonathan DrouinJosh Anderson
Artturi LehkonenChristian DvorakJoel Armia
Michael PezzettaJake EvansAlex Belzile
Ben ChiarotJeff Petry
Brett KulakDavid Savard
Sami NikuChris Wideman
Jake Allen
Samuel Montembeault

Detroit Red Wings Lines and Defencive Pairings

Robby FabbriMichael RasmussenLucas Raymond
Filip ZadinaPius SuterAdam Erne
Vladislav NamestnikovJoe VelenoSam Gagner
Givani SmithMitchell StephensCarter Rowney
Danny DeKeyserMoritz Seider
Nick LeddyFilip Hronek
Mark StaalJordan Oesterle
Alex Nedeljkovic
Thomas Greiss

TXHT’s Game Recap: In Montreal the Canadiens would take on the Original Six rival Detroit Red Wings. In the first period Nick Suzuki and Josh Anderson would score to give the Habs the 2-0 lead. Then after a scoreless second period Brendan Gallagher would score to give the Canadiens the 3-0 victory over the Red Wings.

Scoring and Penalty Summary:

1st Period
2:06MTLGoalNick Suzuki (1)Tyler Toffoli (3), Jeff Petry (2)
9:18MTLGoalJosh Anderson (3)Nick Suzuki (6), Brendan Gallagher (2)
2nd Period
8:36MTLBrendan GallagherTripping2 min
10:11MTLDavid SavardInterference2 min
3rd Period
10:02DETRobby FabbriCross Checking2 min
17:59MTLEN GoalBrendan Gallagher (2)Tyler Toffoli (4), Nick Suzuki (7)

Period by Period Statistical Summary:

1st Period StatsDET – 0MTL – 2
Faceoffs714
Power Play0/00/0
Shots1210
Hits79
2nd Period StatsDET – 0MTL – 2
Faceoffs1639
Power Play0/20/0
Shots2523
Hits1818
3rd Period StatsDET – 0MTL – 3
Faceoffs2928
Power Play0/20/1
Shots3638
Hits2821

Things to focus on in the next contest: Better showing on the ice as they shut out the Red Wings. Still a couple of things to clean up going into the next contest but this was one of their best showings this season.

Next contest: November 4th v. New York Islanders

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November 4th, 2021: New York Islanders at Montreal Canadiens

Montreal Canadiens Lines and Defencive Pairings

Tyler ToffoliNick SuzukiBrendan Gallagher
Mike HoffmanChristian DvorakJosh Anderson
Artturi LehkonenJake EvansJoel Armia
Michael PezzettaAdam BrooksAlex Belzile
Ben ChiarotJeff Petry
Brett KulakDavid Savard
Alexander RomanovChris Wideman
Jake Allen
Samuel Montembeault

New York Islanders Lines and Defencive Pairings

Anders LeeMat BarzalJosh Bailey
Anthony BeauvillierBrock NelsonKyle Palmer
Zach PariseJean-Gabriel PageauOliver Wahlstrom
Matt MartinCasey CizikasCal Clutterbuck
Adam PelechScott Mayfield
Zdeno CharaRyan Pulock
Andy GreeneNoah Dobson
Ilya Sorokin
Semyon Varlamov

TXHT’s Game Recap: In Montreal the New York Islanders would come to town to face the Canadiens, and Brock Nelson would get the first period tally to give the Isles the 1-0 lead. In the second period Oliver Wahlstrom and Jean-Gabriel Pageau would score and Nelson would net a pair to complete his hat trick to give the Isles the dominating five goal lead. Theni n the third period Nick Suzuki and Tyler Toffoli would score for the Habs, but Nelson’s fourth of the game would give the Islanders the 6-2 victory over the the Canadiens.

Scoring and Penalty Summary:

1st Period
4:14NYIGoalBrock Nelson (3)Kyle Palmieri (4), Anthony Beauvillier (2)
12:37NYINoah DobsonSlashing2 min
2nd Period
3:31NYIGoalOliver Wahlstrom (5)Casey Cizikas (1)
12:25NYIGoalBrock Nelson (4)Anthony Beauvillier (3), Zdeno Chara (1)
15:23NYIGoalBrock Nelson (5)Anthony Beauvillier (4)
18:08NYIGoalJean-Gabriel Pageau (1)Zach Parise (1), Ryan Pulock (2)
3rd Period
2:35MTLChris WidemanInterference2 min
4:52MTLDavid SavardHooking2 min
13:29MTLAlex BelzileHolding2 min
15:20MTLSHNick Suzuki (2)David Savard (3)
15:42NYIScott MayfieldInterference2 min
16:16NYICal ClutterbuckCross Checking2 min
17:04MTLPPTyler Toffoli (2)Christian Dvorak (4), Nick Suzuki (8)
19:41NYIENBrock Nelson (6)Zach Parise (2), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (3)

Period by Period Statistical Summary:

1st Period StatsNYI – 1MTL – 0
Faceoffs912
Power Play0/00/1
Shots1210
Hits913
2nd Period StatsNYI – 5MTL – 0
Faceoffs2223
Power Play0/00/1
Shots2523
Hits2121
3rd Period StatsNYI – 6MTL – 2
Faceoffs2934
Power Play0/31/3
Shots3638
Hits2622

Things to focus on in the next contest: Everything. As soon as the second period started, the Canadiens defence was non-existant. Get back to the basics on defence and figure out what happened.

Next contest: November 6th v. Vegas Golden Knights

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November 6th, 2021: Vegas Golden Knights at Montreal Canadiens

Montreal Canadiens Lines and Defencive Pairings

Mike HoffmanJonathan DrouinJosh Anderson
Tyler ToffoliNick SuzukiBrendan Gallagher
Artturi LehkonenChristian DvorakJoel Armia
Alex BelzileCedric PaquetteJake Evans
Ben ChiarotJeff Petry
Brett KulakDavid Savard
Alexander RomanovChris Wideman
Jake Allen
Sam Montembeault

Scratched:

Sami NikuMichael Pezzetta’Adam Brooks

Injured:

Paul Byron (hip)
Joel Edmundson (undisclosed)
Mathieu Perreault (eye)

Vegas Golden Knights Lines and Defencive Pairings

Jonathan MarchessaultNicolas RoyReilly Smith
William CarrierChandler StephensonEvgenii Dadonov
Keegan KolesarMichael AmadioMattias Janmark
Brett HowdenJake LeschyshynJonas Rondbjerg
Nicolas HagueAlex Pietrangelo
Alec MartinezShea Theodore
Brayden McNabbDylan Coghaln
Robin Lehner
Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Ben Hutton

Injured:

Max Pacioretty (fractured foot)
Mark Stone (lower body)
Zach Whitecloud (upper body)
Nolan Patrick (undisclosed)
William Karlsson (broken foot)

Game Recap: In a rematch of one of the Stanley Cup Seminfinals last spring, Vegas looks to get some revenge against a depleted Canadiens team. After back and forth action, and some toughness, Montreal gets on the board late in the first with a pair of goals from Nick Suzuki, his third on the year at 17:18, and Tyler Toffoli’s third of the year at 18:49, as the Habs head into the intermission with the 2-0 lead. In the second period, Vegas gets on the board with a power play goal from Alex Pietrangelo, his second of the season at 5:16. Vegas ties the contest with Jonathan Marchessault’s goal, his fifth of the year, at 10:24. Vegas takes the lead for good when Dylan Coghlan nets a power play goal, his first of the year, at 12:00. As the contest moves to the third, Vegas gets a pair of empty net goals when Chandler Stephenson nets his fifth at 17:09 and Brayden McNabb nets his first of the year with 35 seconds left in regulation as the Golden Knights defeat the Habs 5-2.

Scoring and Penalty Summary:

1st Period
MTL PenaltyBrendan GallagherforRoughing2 min minor11:57
VGK PenaltyNicolas HagueforRoughing2 min minor11:57
VGK PenaltyNicolas RoyforHolding2 min minor15:33
MTL PP GoalNick Suzuki (3)Assisted byMike Hoffman (1)17:18
MTL GoalTyler Toffoli (3)Assisted byBrendan Gallagher (3)Nick Suzuki (9)18:49
2nd Period
VGK PenaltyNicolas RoyforTripping2 min minor:20
MTL PenaltyBen ChiarotforDelay of Game-Puck over Glass2 min minor5:05
VGK PP GoalAlex Pietrangelo (2)Assisted byShea Theodore (3)Chandler Stephenson (7)5:16
VGK GoalJonathan MarchessaultAssisted byNicolas Roy ( 5)Nicolas Hague (4)10:24
MTL PenaltyCedric PaquetteforCross-checking2 min minor10:41
VGK PP GoalDylan Coghlan (1)Assisted byAlex Pietrangelo (2)Reilly Smith (4)12:00
VGK PenaltyWilliam CarrierforHooking2 min minor19:04
3rd Period
VGK PenaltyJake LeschyshynforTripping2 min minor5:22
MTL PenaltyArtturi LehkonenforRoughing2 min minor16:24
VGK PenaltyJake LeschyshynforRoughing2 min minor16:24
VGK EN GoalChandler Stephenson (5)Unassisted17:09
VGK EN GoalBrayden McNabb (1)Assisted byRobin Lehner (1)19:25

Period by Period Statistical Summary:

1st Period StatsVGK – 0MTL – 2
Faceoffs98
Power Play0/01/1
Shots120
Hits513
2nd Period StatsVGK – 3MTL – 2
Faceoffs2119
Power Play2/21/3*1:04 left in PP
Shots1029
Hits1425
3rd Period StatsVGK – 0MTL – 2
Faceoffs2828
Power Play2/21/4
Shots1838
Hits1832

Things to focus on in the next contest: Defence. Name of the game is defence. After coming out looking strong on the defencive front the first 40 minutes, things just fell flat into and throughout the third period. Overall, the game was strong for the Canadiens tonight but defence still needs a ton of work.

Next contest: November 9th v. Los Angeles Kings


Upcoming Contests:

Tuesday, November 9th: Los Angeles Kings
Thursday, November 11th: Calgary Flames
Saturday, November 13th: at Detroit Red Wings

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