Last night, Alex Galchenyuk elevated his team to a come-from-behind victory over the Devils that may have cemented him as an emerging top-line center. His performance, alongside strong showings from Sven Andrighetto and Mike Condon, was yet another demonstration of the layers this team has, and why they are the best team in the NHL.
Much of the Canadiens success can be attributed to an ability to use adversity to their advantag so that if they are getting frustrated by a strong goaltending performance (such as the clinc Corey Schneider was putting on last night for the Devils) or some other form of adversity, they allow the pressure to work in them, to spark them into a higher competitive gear. In years past, we've seen this team give up on games such as the one last night. Not on purpose, but something was missing from their makeup to allow them to actually pull their way out of the quicksand, and get going.
With less than 24 hours between Mike Condon's game-ending save and tonight's puck-drop, the Habs and Devils will not have much time to make adjustments. There isn't much of a reason to change anything, although Michel Therrien has swapped out Bud Holloway for Christian Thomas, making one minor change to the Canadiens lineup.
Mike Condon will get his second start in two nights. Dustin Tokarski hasn't started an NHL game since last March, a 5-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets in which Tokarski allowed five goals on twenty-two shots. Tokarski has started six games in the AHL, with a record 2-2-2, a .891 save percentage and a 3.45 goals against average.
The puck drops at 7:00 PM EST.
How To Watch:
In Canada (French): TVA
In Canada (English): CITY
In the Rangers' region: MSG+
Elsewhere: NHL GameCenter, NHL Center Ice
|Max Pacioretty||Tomas Plekanec||Devante Smith-Pelly|
|Lars Eller||Alex Galchenyuk||Sven Andrighetto|
|Tomas Fleischmann||David Desharnais||Dale Weise|
|Paul Byron||Brian Flynn||Christian Thomas|
|Andrei Markov||P.K. Subban|
|Nathan Beaulieu||Jeff Petry|
|Greg Pateryn||Tom Gilbert|
Scratched: Alexei Emelin, Jarred Tinordi, Bud Holloway
Injuries: Carey Price (lower body) Brendan Gallagher (broken fingers), Torrey Mitchell (lower body), Alexander Semin (lower body)Michael Bournival (post-concussion syndrome)
|Mike Cammalleri||Adam Henrique||Lee Stempniak|
|Sergey Kalinin||Travis Zajac||Kyle Palmieri|
|Patrik Elias||Jacob Josefson||Jordin Tootoo|
|Bobby Farnham||Stephen Gionta||Tyler Kennedy|
|Andy Greene||Adam Larsson|
|John Moore||Damon Serverson|
|Eric Gelinas||Jon Merrill|
Scratched: Brian O'Neill, David Schlemko, Jiri Tlusty
Injuries: David Schlemko (lower body), Tuomo Ruutu (fractured right foot), Ryane Clowe (concussion)
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