Fresh off their time playing in the fresh air, Les Canadiennes are back in Montreal and back in action Saturday evening. They’re set to take on the Boston Blades, at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.
Les Canadiennes last regular season games were all the way back on December 12 and 13 where they split a two-game road trip against Brampton.
Brampton has been the surprise of the season so far crawling out of the basement of the league to now sit in second, one spot ahead of the Canadiennes. Brampton has played four games more than Montreal, however.
After winning the Clarkson Cup last year, Boston has yet to find a win in regulation. Their lone win came in a shootout against Toronto. They sit last in the league.
Boston does have some top talent. Canadian Olympic Team member Tara Watchorn is one of the best defenders in the world and fellow Olympian goaltender Genevieve Lacasse has the ability to steal games and has played every game for Boston so far this season.
The Blades have particularly been struggling just getting the puck on net as they rank last in total shots taken. Often the shots they do get are from outside the slot and around the perimeter, making it easy for world-class goaltenders like Montreal’s Charline Labonté.
A win for Montreal would put them in a point tie with Brampton who currently sit in second place in the league, depending what happens in the Toronto-Brampton game this afternoon.
Marie-Philip Poulin is locked in a three-way tie for top scorer of the league with 19 points. She’s backed up by linemates Ann-Sophie Bettez (14) and Caroline Ouellette (14) who are both in the top-10 in the league scoring race despite playing at least four fewer games than every other team.
Labonté played in the outdoor game and is back from a lower body injury that sidelined her in December and should get the nod in net.
The Canadiennes are becoming recognized for their depth. Up and down the roster this is a lineup that can compete whether it’s a third pairing defenceman or a shutdown forward.
This weekend is the perfect opportunity for Montreal refocus on their season and come out with a good hard win against the Blades.
Les Canadiennes face the Blades at 5:30 PM at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. You can catch all the action on CWHL Live.