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Sports Canadiens Game Day: Carey Price will start in goal against Blues

23:10  19 october  2019
23:10  19 october  2019 Source:   montrealgazette.com

In the Habs' Room: Carey Price spectacular in shootout win over Leafs

  In the Habs' Room: Carey Price spectacular in shootout win over Leafs TORONTO — Carey Price wasn’t among the three stars introduced at the conclusion of the Canadiens-Maple Leafs game Saturday, but he should have been. Price was the reason why the Canadiens escaped with a 6-5 shootout win over the Leafs. Forget the five goals he surrendered in regulation time, most of which were the result of sloppy play from the guys in front. When the game was on the line — in the overtime and in the shootout — Price was spectacular. On three occasions in overtime, Price was challenged on breakaways. There was a stop on Mitch Marner and then two saves against John Tavares.

a snow skier in a red shirt: Montreal Canadiens' Carey Price tracks the puck during second period against the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Dec. 17, 2018.© John Mahoney Montreal Canadiens' Carey Price tracks the puck during second period against the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Dec. 17, 2018.

ST. LOUIS — The Canadiens will be looking to sweep their season series against the Blues when the teams meet Saturday afternoon at the Enterprise Center (3 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio).

The Canadiens won the first of two games this season against the Stanley Cup champions last Saturday at the Bell Centre with a 6-3 victory. The Blues are 6-2-0 in their last eight games against the Canadiens. The Canadiens are 0-2-2 in their last four games at the Enterprise Center and have been outscored 14-7 during those games. The Canadiens haven’t won a game in St. Louis since Feb. 24, 2005.

Carey Price was the lynchpin in Montreal’s win over Toronto

  Carey Price was the lynchpin in Montreal’s win over Toronto Five goals or not, Carey Price won Montreal their first game of the year.While regulation was tough on the netminder, including a fifth goal, from Auston Matthews, in the dying moments, Price had given the Canadiens every chance to win in Toronto. In overtime, Price proved to everyone why he’s paid so handily, and his performance silenced even the most vocal of his detractors.

Not surprisingly, Carey Price will get the start in goal for the Canadiens against the Blues, while backup Keith Kinkaid will start Sunday in Minnesota against the Wild (5 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio). Price is coming off a 17-save shutout in a 4-0 win over the Wild Thursday night at the Bell Centre, improving his record to 3-2-1 with a 2.79 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage.

Jake Allen is expected to start in goal for the Blues. He has a 1-0-0 record with a 4.00 goals-against average and an .862 save percentage.

The Canadiens have a 3-2-2 record this season. The Blues have a 3-1-3 record and are winless in their last three games (0-1-2), starting with last Saturday’s loss to the Canadiens. The Blues lost 3-2 to the New York Islanders on the road in overtime on Monday and lost 4-3 to the Vancouver Canucks at home in a shootout on Thursday.

Canadiens at Sabres: Five things you should know

  Canadiens at Sabres: Five things you should know Here are five things you should know about Wednesday’s game between the Canadiens (1-0-1) and the Sabres (2-0-1) in Buffalo (7 p.m., SN, RDS, TSN 690 Radio). Kinkaid expected to start: Coach Claude Julien wouldn’t confirm it after Tuesday’s practice in Brossard, but you can expect Keith Kinkaid to get his first start in goal with the Canadiens after signing a one-year, US$1.75-million contract as a free agent this summer to be Carey Price’s backup. This is the first of three games in four nights for the Canadiens and Julien did confirm Kinkaid will start one of them.

“Right now, this is a team that — no matter where they are in the standings, I think they’ve lost their last couple of games in a shootout or overtime — they’re still a hard team to play against,” Canadiens coach Claude Julien said about the Blues when he met with the media before the game. “We’re coming here looking for two wins (on the road) so we need both goaltenders to be good. The piece of your team that’s got to be the freshest has got to be between the pipes. We’ve got one tonight and we’ll have one tomorrow.”

Fleury out with injury

Julien will make only one change to his lineup with Christian Folin replacing rookie Cale Fleury on the blue line. Julien said Fleury is dealing with a minor injury.

“Nothing major,” the coach said. “He’s here on this trip. Enough for him not to be comfortable to play. So he’s definitely missing today … we’ll see about tomorrow. He’s day-to-day, I’m going to say doubtful, but not automatically out (Sunday). If anything, I think he should be good within a week, at worst. So it’s a minor injury. He practised yesterday and still wasn’t feeling as good as he wanted to, so we’re going to put Folin in today.”

Canadiens soar over the Blues with six-goal outburst

  Canadiens soar over the Blues with six-goal outburst The Canadiens turned on the jets in the third period to defeat the St. Louis Blues 6-3 Saturday at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens outshot the defending Stanley Cup champions 15-10 in the third period and got goals from Artturi Lehkonen, Brendan Gallagher and Max Domi as they improved their record to 2-1-2. Lehkonen put the Canadiens ahead for good when he scored on a wraparound at 7:30, jamming the puck past Jordan Binnington on the short side for his first goal of the season. Gallagher gave the Canadiens a two-goal lead at 11:56 and this was one of those occasions when the new NHL rule on challenges benefitted Montreal.

Fleury was a heathy scratch for four straight games before getting in the lineup against the Wild on Thursday.

Armia a late scratch

Joel Armia, who leads the Canadiens with four goals, was a late scratch from the lineup after appearing to injure himself in the pre-game warmup. Jordan Weal took his spot.

Defenceman Mike Reilly was made a healthy scratch for the fourth straight game.

The lines

Here’s how the Canadiens’ forward lines and defence pairings are expected to look against the Blues:

Tatar – Danault – Gallagher

Lehkonen – Domi – Byron

Drouin – Kotkaniemi – Weal

Cousins – Thompson – Suzuki

Mete – Weber

Kulak – Petry

Chiarot – Folin

Afternoon delight

Julien said he’s a big fan of afternoon games and that his players are, too.

“You hear comments a lot about those morning skates — not being a waste of time, but sometimes you don’t need them,” Julien said. “I think the players getting up and playing in the afternoon, a couple of things is you get right to work. It’s a 2 o’clock game (local time), you jump on the plane and you’re in the next city in the back-to-back at a decent time. So you’re not getting in at the wee hours of the morning. I like those, especially on the weekend.

Vasilevskiy solid in net as Lightning defeat Canadians 3-1

  Vasilevskiy solid in net as Lightning defeat Canadians 3-1 MONTREAL — Andrei Vasilevskiy made 33 saves as the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 on Tuesday night in the fifth game of a six-game road trip. Braydon Coburn, Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson scored for the Lightning (3-2-1), who were coming off a 4-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators. Nikita Kucherov added two assists. The 25-year-old Vasilevskiy improved to 8-1-2 in his career against Montreal. Jeff Petry scored theBraydon Coburn, Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson scored for the Lightning (3-2-1), who were coming off a 4-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators. Nikita Kucherov added two assists.

“Personally, I would think the majority of the players, including the coaching staff, we enjoy those.”

Where they rank

Heading into the game, the Canadiens ranked eighth in the NHL in offence, scoring an average of 3.57 goals per game, and ranked 18th in defence, allowing an average of 3.29. They ranked 11th on the power play (23.1 per cent), 26th in penalty-killing (69.6 per cent) and 19th in faceoffs (49.3 per cent).

Brendan Gallagher and Max Domi were tied for the team lead in scoring with 3-4-7 totals, followed by Jonathan Drouin (2-5-7), Joel Armia (4-1-5), Jeff Petry (2-3-5) and Tomas Tatar (2-3-5).

The Blues ranked 14th in the NHL in offence, scoring an average of 3.14 goals per game, and 18th in defence, allowing an average of 3.29. They ranked 15th on the power play (21.1 per cent), second in penalty-killing (94.1 per cent) and ninth in faceoffs (51.5 per cent).

Brayden Schenn leads the Blues in scoring with 5-3-8 totals, followed by Ryan O’Reilly (1-6-7), Vladimir Tarasenko (2-4-6), David Perron (3-2-5) and Sammy Blais (3-2-5).

Roommates on the road and at home

Fleury and Nick Suzuki are getting to know each other very well.

Not only are the two rookies roommates on the road, they’re also sharing one of the Canadiens condos at the Bell Centre.

“He’s a great guy,” Fleury said about Suzuki earlier this week. “We’re together on the road and we’re together at home right now as well, so it’s good.”

Fleury is used to having a roommate — last season he had two with the Laval Rocket. At home, Fleury’s roommate was Lukas Vejdemo and on the road it was Xavier Ouellet.

The Canadiens gave Fleury and Suzuki disposable cameras for their first NHL road trip this season to Carolina and Toronto and asked them to take a bunch of photos as souvenirs, which they did.

“That was cool,” Fleury said. “It was awesome. It’s kind of a cool thing they did there with the old camera. I don’t even know what you call those things … one of those old disposable cameras. It was a pretty neat thing to do.”

Fleury was asked what he learned by watching four games from the press box as a healthy scratch?

“I was kind of just looking at tendencies of the defensemen on our team, mostly,” he said. “I was watching our guys to see what they do well and stuff like that. One of the main things I was looking at was in certain situations they just don’t try to risk anything. They just maybe take their medicine a bit and get it out.”

Canadiens use big 2nd period to beat slumping Blues 5-2

  Canadiens use big 2nd period to beat slumping Blues 5-2  Brendan Gallagher, Jonathan Drouin and Nick Suzuki scored in the second period, and the Montreal Canadiens beat the St. Louis Blues 5-2 on Saturday. Jordan Weal and Shea Weber also scored for the Canadiens, who won for the third time in four games. Carey Price made 32 saves in his 325th win, passing Sean Burke for 27th on the NHL career list.St. Louis dropped its fourth straight game. Jaden Schwartz and David Perron scored for the Stanley Cup champions, and Jake Allen made 20 saves in his first home start since Jan. 8. The Canadiens grabbed control in the second.

Rocket on a roll

The Laval Rocket won their third straight game Friday night, beating the Providence Bruins 3-2 at Place Bell.

Ryan Poehling, the Canadiens’ first round pick (25th overall) at the 2017 NHL Draft, scored his first goal with the Rocket and it was the game-winner. Alexandre Alain and Dale Weise also scored their first goals of the season for the Rocket, while goalie Cayden Primeau made 32 saves for the win.

The Rocket are back in action Saturday night when the Hershey Bears visit Place Bell for a 7 p.m. start.

Caufield on fire with Wisconsin

Cole Caufield, the Canadiens’ first-round pick at this year’s NHL Draft (15th overall), scored two goals as the University of Wisconsin Badgers upset the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 6-2 Friday night in his first home game. The Bulldogs are the defending NCAA champions and are ranked No. 3 this season.

Caufield has now scored two goals in each of his first three games with the Badgers, while adding an assist.

The Badgers will play Minnesota Duluth again Saturday night in Wisconsin.

More prospects to watch

Canadiens prospects Cole Fonstad and Allan McShane will both take part in the 2019 RBC Canada-Russia Series, which gives players a chance to compete for a spot on the Team Canada roster for the IIHF World Junior Championship.

The Canada-Russia series will run from Nov. 4-14 with games in Saint John, Moncton, Kitchener, London, Saskatoon and Prince Albert.

Poor defence and penalty-killing sink Habs against nemesis Sharks

  Poor defence and penalty-killing sink Habs against nemesis Sharks San Jose goaltender Aaron Dell had the hot hand and Carey Price did not. That was the story Thursday as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Canadiens 4-2 at the Bell Centre. It was San Jose’s ninth consecutive victory over the Canadiens, whose last win over San Jose was on March 21, 2015. The loss left the Canadiens out of a playoff position with a 4-4-2 record. What is more troubling is that they are 2-3-0 at home with the struggling, but potentially explosive, Toronto Maple Leafs coming to the Bell Centre Saturday. The Montreal defence wasn’t very good and it started with the penalty-kill, which let the Canadiens down once again.

The Canadiens selected Fonstad, a centre with the WHL’s Everett Silvertips, in the fifth round (128th overall) of the 2018 NHL Draft. In 11 games this season, the 5-foot-10, 170-pounder has 3-11-14 totals.

The Canadiens selected McShane, a centre with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals, in the fourth round (97th overall) of the 2018 NHL Draft. In 10 games this season, the 6-foot, 187-pounder has 4-11-15 totals.

The world junior championship will be held Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in the Czech Republic.

What’s next?

The Canadiens will fly to Minnesota after Saturday’s game and play the Wild on Sunday (5 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio).

The Canadiens will fly home after Sunday’s game and enjoy a day off on Monday. They have practices scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard before facing the San Jose Sharks Thursday night at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio). The Toronto Maple Leafs will be at the Bell Centre next Saturday (7 p.m., CBC, SN1, CITY, TVA Sports, TSN 690 Radio).

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Poor defence and penalty-killing sink Habs against nemesis Sharks .
San Jose goaltender Aaron Dell had the hot hand and Carey Price did not. That was the story Thursday as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Canadiens 4-2 at the Bell Centre. It was San Jose’s ninth consecutive victory over the Canadiens, whose last win over San Jose was on March 21, 2015. The loss left the Canadiens out of a playoff position with a 4-4-2 record. What is more troubling is that they are 2-3-0 at home with the struggling, but potentially explosive, Toronto Maple Leafs coming to the Bell Centre Saturday. The Montreal defence wasn’t very good and it started with the penalty-kill, which let the Canadiens down once again.

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