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Pacioretty – Danault – Byron
Galchenyuk – Drouin – Shaw
Hudon – Plekanec – Gallagher
Deslauriers – Froese/de la Rose – Carr
Alzner – Petry
Benn – Weber
Schlemko – Jerabek/Morrow
Starting Goalie: Carey Price
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Ryan – Duchene – Stone
Dzingel – Brassard – Hoffman
Smith – Pageau – Pyatt
Burrows – Thompson – Dumont
Oduya – Karlsson
Phaneuf – Ceci
Claesson – Chabot
Starting goalie: Craig Anderson
The Chicago Blackhawks (2-0-1) visit the Montreal Canadiens (1-2-0) in the first of two intriguing games on NBCSN on Tuesday. This one kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET, with pregame fun already underway.
While this game is available on NBCSN, you can also check it out online and via the NBC Sports App.
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One thing to watch regarding the Blackhawks is a defensive tweak, as Cody Franson is primed to replace Connor Murphy (not Jan Rutta) in the lineup. Wow.
Another thing to keep an eye on: the Chicago Sun-Times’ Mark Lazerus reports that the Blackhawks continue to struggle with the league’s rule tweaks regarding slashing penalties and face-off infractions.
The Canadiens have their own issues to work on, as head coach Claude Julien stressed getting to the net, according to Matt Cudzinowski of the team website.
“I don’t think the lines themselves are responsible for keeping us from scoring. It’s more about the way we’re playing,” insisted Julien. “We have to find a way to get to the inside. Right now, we’re on the outside. We need to take pucks to the net. Those are things we can change. We scored nine goals against Ottawa with those lines. I had time to study our games so far and that’s what I concluded. We can do better work taking the puck to the net.”
It should be a fun one between two storied NHL franchises.
This game is followed by what promises to be an emotional first-ever home game for the Vegas Golden Knights as they take on the Arizona Coyotes. For an in-depth preview of both games, check out this post.
It was another summer of change for the Montreal Canadiens.
Following a mostly successful regular season and then a disappointing first-round exit from the playoffs at the hands of the New York Rangers, general manager Marc Bergevin had an eventful summer re-tooling his team.
The Canadiens said goodbye to their longest-tenured member (Andrei Markov), one of their best players from a year ago (Alexander Radulov) and a couple of other role players (Alexei Emelin, Nathan Bealieu). In their place will be an exciting young forward (Jonathan Drouin), a couple of lottery tickets on veterans Ales Hemsky and Mark Streit, and a risky big-ticket free agency in Karl Alzner.
They also made starting goaltender Carey Price one of the highest paid players in the NHL.
Are those the changes the Canadiens need to get over the hump?
Or will it be more of the same in 2017-18 where they only go as far as Price can take them?
Today at PHT we will focus on all of the key storylines impacting the Montreal Canadiens as NHL training camps get closer.
“Must win game” is something that gets thrown around a little too loosely at times in sports, but Friday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens certainly qualifies as one for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
If they win, they get to fight another day in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
If they lose? Their playoff chances are officially finished.
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Lightning look to keep slim playoff hopes alive.