Things are starting to look rosy for the Montreal Canadiens. After a rough start under new bench boss Claude Julien, the Habs have put together a five-game winning streak, most recently earning an emphatic win over a potential first-round playoff opponent, the New York Rangers.
One of the few players struggling under the new regime is veteran defender Alexei Emelin, who may end up as a healthy scratch this evening, in favour of newcomer Brandon Davidson.
How to Watch
Puck drop: 10:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM PST
In the Canadiens region: SNE (English), RDS (French)
In the Canucks region: SN-P
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/NHL Gamecenter Live, NHL Center Ice
Tale of the Tape
|52.65||Score-adjusted Corsi %||47.42|
|1.22||5v5 Goal Ratio||0.88|
Things are a little different for the Canucks. Canadiens fans were frustrated with five years of playing with a parking brake on, whereas the Canucks have been trying to race their car without an engine.
Vancouver’s front office believed they had a legitimate chance to make the playoffs this season, and with that delusion in mind, they’re currently sitting 25th in the NHL standings.
Their 47.42 CF% is among the worst in the NHL, and their 46.21 shots for % is in the bottom three. They don’t fare much better when it comes to scoring chances, with a paltry 46.31% control in that department.
Essentially the Canucks are a disaster, and with an aging roster they’re probably headed towards a complete rebuild. If they aren’t already, they should seriously consider it.
This isn’t a “must win” game for the Canadiens, but seeing as there’s a major discrepancy in both roster talent and on-ice performance between both teams, it’s definitely a “should win” game for Julien’s club.
Carey Price will get the start for the Habs, and Ryan Miller is projected to guard the net for Vancouver.