After an eventful game that featured the ejection of Montreal Canadiens' defenceman P.K. Subban and an injury to Ottawa Senators' forward Mark Stone, the two teams are set to face-off for Game 2 Friday night at the Bell Centre. The off-day was spent with the Senators continuing to lobby for supplemental discipline in Subban's case, although the NHL has announced that none is coming.
Both teams are now facing key absences up-front. The Canadiens are still waiting on confirmation of star forward Max Pacioretty's status. As of Thursday his status was still in the hands of the medical staff, but he took a regular practice spot alongside David Desharnais and Devante Smith-Pelly. P.A. Parenteau is currently day-to-day with an upper-body injury, but he has not been ruled out for Game 2. Mark Stone's status for the game is still unknown.
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Tale of the Tape
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Keys to the Game
Discipline, discipline, discipline.
The post-game and off-day comments brought plenty of complaints about Subban's slash on Stone, but what has not been mentioned is that the referees let the teams play for the most part. This is bad news for a series that has already seemed to have hit the boiling point. It is up to the NHL and its referees to keep the game clean by calling the game tight. The game ended with three 10-minute misconducts given to Tom Gilbert, Clarke MacArthur, and Kyle Turris respectively.
Besides discipline, the Canadiens top-six needs to collectively get its act together because they were crushed in Game 1, and were carried by the bottom-six. If Pacioretty is cleared to play, that should help solve some of the problems, but more is needed from every player.