It doesn't seem that long ago since the Montreal Canadiens and Dallas Stars were battling it out for top spot in the NHL. Now, the Stars sit a clear five points ahead of the Habs and are still winning at a solid pace while the Canadiens continue to be plagued by an inability to score goals.
The Canadiens have scored 15 goals in their past 10 games. The Habs are 3-6-1 in that stretch, and have outshot and out-possessed their opponents and have kept their opposition to no more than three goals in all of the past ten games played. They just can't score. So maybe it's time to put the numbers aside for a second and focus on that.
Michel Therrien seems to be doing this by taking Sven Andrighetto out of the lineup tonight. Andrighetto has four goals in his past twelve games since being called up from St. John's, which doesn't seem like much, but it's a lot given how few goals the Habs are scoring right now. Maybe this was done just to give a chance to see Michael McCarron, who will suit up for his first ever NHL game tonight. McCarron has 24 points in 28 games with the IceCaps (13G, 11A).
The Stars are coming off a loss Thursday to the Calgary Flames, and are 6-2-2 in their past ten games. They have a 14-4-0 record against Eastern Conference teams, with their only four losses coming to teams in the Atlantic Division.
Some interesting lineup changes are coming tonight, with Lars Eller projected to center his own line between Paul Byron and Michael McCarron. This will be the first time Eller is slotted to play at center ice since last season. One person who won't be playing center tonight is Alex Galchenyuk who was moved up to the right wing alongside Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty. At least Michel Therrien isn't standing pat while his team isn't scoring.
The puck drops at 7:00 PM EST.
How To Watch:
In Canada (French): TVA Sports
In Canada (English): City
In the Stars' region: FS-SW+
Elsewhere: NHLN, NHL GameCenter, NHL Center Ice
|Max Pacioretty||Tomas Plekanec||Alex Galchenyuk|
|Tomas Fleischmann||David Desharnais||Dale Weise|
|Paul Byron||Lars Eller||Michael McCarron|
|Daniel Carr||Torrey Mitchell||Brian Flynn|
|Nathan Beaulieu||P.K. Subban|
|Alexei Emelin||Jeff Petry|
|Andre Markov||Tom Gilbert|
Scratched: Greg Pateryn, Jarred Tinordi
Injuries: Carey Price (lower body) Brendan Gallagher (broken fingers), Devante Smith-Pelly (lower body)
|Jamie Benn||Tyler Seguin||Patrick Sharp|
|Mattias Janmark||Jason Spezza||Ales Hemsky|
|Antoine Roussel||Cody Eakin||Valeri Nichushkin|
|Colton Sceviour||Vernon Fiddler||Patrick Eaves|
|Alex Goligoski||John Klingberg|
|Johnny Oduya||Jason Demers|
|Patrick Nemeth||Jordie Benn|
Scratched: Jyrki Jokipakka, Travis Moen, Jamie Oleksiak
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