Canadiens Weekly – That Was…Better?

Hello once again Ladies and Gentleman. Welcome to a new edition of the Montreal Canadiens weekly updates.

The Canadiens went 1-1-0 this week in the games that were played.

On top of the news of Dominique Ducharme being relieved of his duties on February 9, the Canadiens would hire Martin St. Louis as the interim head coach as well as bringing on Vincent Lecavalier as the special advisor to hockey operations. In addition to the Lecavalier hire, Montreal would also bring on Nick Bobrov as the co-director of amateur scouting to work with Martin Lapointe as the Director of Player Development.

Also in Canadiens news, Montreal traded Tyler Tofolli to the Calgary Flames in exchange for Tyler Pitlick, prospect Emil Heineman, a first round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft and a fifth-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft. The condition for the first round pick is if that pick is the top 10, Calgary has the option of sending Montreal their first round pick in the ’23 Draft and a ’24 fourth round pick instead.

Now with the news of the week out of the way, let’s get onto the recap of the week’s game.

Sunday, February 13th, 2022: Buffalo Sabres at Montreal Canadiens

Game Recap: In Montreal, the Sabres face off against the Canadiens for the first time North of the Border for the first time on the season and in the first period, Jeff Skinner scores his 17th of the year to give Buffalo the 1-0 lead. In the second, Mike Hoffman nets his eighth of the year to tie the game 1-1 but then Jeff Skinner responds with his second of the game. After the Skinner goal, Jeff Petry strikes with his second of the year and then Joel Armia gives the Habs the 3-2 lead with his second of the year. Tage Thompson then strikes for his 15th of the year to tie the game up for Buffalo 3-3. In the third, Jeff Skinner then adds two goals as the Sabres down the Canadiens 5-3.

Areas of Focus Going Into Next Contest: Strike on the power play and don’t fall asleep on D.

Next Contest: Thursday, February 17th, 2022 vs. St. Louis Blues

Thursday, February 17th, 2022: St. Louis Blues at Montreal Canadiens

Game Recap: In Montreal, Martin St. Louis looks to get his first win as the Interim Head Coach for the Canadiens as they take on the St. Louis Blues. In the first, Paul Byron get his first of the season to give Montreal the 1-0 lead but then Robert Thomas scores his seventh of the year to tie the game up. After a scoreless second, Pavel Buchnevich nets his 16th to give the Blues the 2-1 lead but then Cole Caufield scores his fourth of the year to tie it up 2-2. In the overtime session, Caufield scores the game winner as the Canadiens down the Blues 3-2.

Areas to Focus Going Into Next Contest: Score on the power play. Montreal had five extra man chances and failed to score on those advantages.

Next Contest: Sunday, February 20th, 2022 at New York Islanders

Upcoming Contests

Sunday, February 20th, 2022: Montreal Canadiens at New York Islanders
Monday, February 21st, 2022: Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022: Buffalo Sabres at Montreal Canadiens
Saturday, February 26th, 2022: Montreal Canadiens at Ottawa Senators

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