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Montreal looks to get the year off to a good start.

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Fresh off of their trip to China to close out the 2018 portion of their schedule, Les Canadiennes are back home for the first of three series this month. Their opponents this weekend are the Toronto Furies, making their first trip to Montreal this season. Saturday’s game will be on Sportsnet nationwide.

Schedule & How to Watch

Saturday: Complexe Bell, Brossard - 12:30 p.m.
TV: Sportsnet Ontario/East/West/One
Stream: Sportsnet Now

Sunday: Complexe Bell, Brossard - 1:30 p.m.

Tickets (Saturday and/or Sunday)

Talent on display

Toronto’s offence always goes through Natalie Spooner, the Canadian national team member and one of the best power forwards in the game but this year she has a friend helping her. Fellow Olympian Sarah Nurse is in her first CWHL season and has provided a second scorer on the Furies’ top line. Both Nurse and Spooner have 18 points in 15 games this season. No other player on the team has more than eight.

Nurse’s cousin Kia represents Canada internationally in basketball.

Toronto is expected to get former All-Star captain Carlee Campbell back this weekend. Campbell was on maternity leave to start the year.

Window of Opportunity

Les Canadiennes are currently riding a five game winning streak after losing two straight games in Calgary the same weekend they lost their head coach and two key players to injury. Mélodie Daoust is still out, but Jill Saulnier returned for the games in China and Hilary Knight will return to the lineup after missing the China trip. Les Canadiennes are now only three points behind the first place Calgary Inferno with a game in hand.

Calgary plays the Markham Thunder this weekend for two games and their game on Sunday will be broadcast on Sportsnet as well.

Geneviève Lacasse has been on the ice practicing the last few weeks. She has yet to dress for a game after suffering a lower body injury in the off-season. The two-time Canadian Olympian was acquired alongside Saulnier in a big trade.

Les Canadiennes stars to watch

Montreal has seven players headed to the CWHL All Star Game, to be held January 20th in Toronto at Scotiabank Arena. They are all expected to play key roles this weekend for the team and are a big reason they are where they are in the standings and why the outlook is bright for this team. Ann-Sophie Bettez and Marie-Philip Poulin are tied for the CWHL scoring lead with 26 points in 15 games and former Toronto Furies defender Erin Ambrose is fourth with 21 points and leads all defenders in scoring.

The only other defender in the top-20 in league scoring is Calgary’s Kacey Bellamy who has 12 points.

Les Canadiennes Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
21- Hilary Knight 29- Marie Philip Poulin 24- Ann-Sophie Bettez
9- Kim Deschênes 19- Katia Clement-Heydra 11- Jill Saulnier
76- Karell Emard 16- Sarah Lefort 18- Geneviève Bannon
2- Olivia Atkinson 78- Tracy-Ann Lavigne 22- Maude Gelinas
88- Kayla Tutino

Defence

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
27- Taylor Willard 14- Erin Ambrose
5- Lauriane Rougeau 12- Catherine Daoust
17- Melanie Desrochers 23- Sophie Brault
20- Marie-Joelle Allard 72- Emma Martin

Les Canadiennes Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
38- Emerance Maschmeyer
35- Marie-Soleil Deschênes
60- Geneviève Lacasse

Projected Toronto Furies lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
10- Shannon Stewart (14GP 1G-3A) 16- Sarah Nurse (15GP 9G-9A) 24- Natalie Spooner (15GP 10G-8A)
3- Brittany Howard (14GP 2G-6A) 22- Shiann Darkangelo (14GP 4G-1A) 27- Carolyne Prevost (11GP 1G-0A)
2- Julie Allen (15GP 2G-2A) 12- Jess Vella (15GP 1G-3A) 28- Mackenzie MacNeil (12GP 1G-1A)
44- Jenna Dingeldein (2GP 0G-0A) 37- Anissa Gamble (10GP 0G-1A) 11-Jessica Platt (10GP 0G-0A)
8- Sydney Kidd (2GP 0G-0A)

Defence

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
14- Renata Fast (15GP 0G-4A) 25- Emma Greco (15GP 0G-2A)
21- Megan Quinn (15GP 1G-2A) 9- Mellissa Channel (15GP 0G-6A)
15- Carlee Campbell (0GP 0G-0A) 6- Sena Suzuki (15GP 0G-0A)
23- Shannon Moulson (10GP 0G-0A) 4- Julia Fedeski (14GP 0G-0A)

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
35- Shea Tiley (4-4-0, 2.72 GAA .911sv%)
29- Elaine Chuli (2-4-0, 3.90 GAA .881sv%)
34- Amanda Makela (1-0-0, 0.00 GAA 1.000sv%)

Les Canadiennes Player Stats

# Name Pos GP G A P
# Name Pos GP G A P
24 Ann-Sophie Bettez F 15 14 12 26
29 Marie-Philip Poulin F 15 11 15 26
14 Erin Ambrose D 15 5 16 21
15 Mélodie Daoust F 10 7 6 13
16 Sarah Lefort F 13 5 7 12
21 Hilary Knight F 12 5 6 11
11 Jill Saulnier F 9 3 8 11
19 Katia Clement-Heydra F 13 3 7 10
9 Kim Deschênes F 15 3 6 9
5 Lauriane Rougeau D 15 1 7 8
76 Karell Emard F 15 2 5 7
27 Taylor Willard D 15 2 4 6
18 Genevieve Bannon F 13 1 4 5
22 Maude Gelinas F 12 3 1 4
72 Emma Martin D 7 1 2 3
12 Catherine Daoust D 15 1 2 3
17 Melanie Desrochers D 15 0 3 3
2 Olivia Atkinson F 9 1 1 2
78 Tracy-Ann Lavigne F 15 1 1 2
88 Kayla Tutino F 3 0 1 1
23 Sophie Brault D 9 0 1 1
20 Marie-Joelle Allard D 12 0 1 1

Les Canadiennes Goalie Stats

# Name Team GP W L OT SA GA GAA SV % SO MIN
# Name Team GP W L OT SA GA GAA SV % SO MIN
38 Emerance Maschmeyer MTL 13 10 3 0 289 18 1.39 0.938 3 775
35 Marie-Soleil Deschenes MTL 2 2 0 0 36 0 0.00 1.000 2 120