Montreal Canadiens Game 9 preview: Canadiens vs Kings
The Montreal Canadiens are on a roll after their decisive 4-0 victory over the Sharks on Thursday. This weekend they play in back-to-back late afternoon matches starting today as they head to La-La-Terre and face Phillip Danault and the LA Kings.
Los Angeles kings
Saturday, October 30, 2021
4 p.m. ET
Keep Habs fans in mind, this weekend games will be at 4 p.m. ET and will air on TSN and RDS due to Halloween weekend. So you’ll have time to watch the game AND pick up some goodies. Win-win.
A winner and winner, Chicken Dinner is sure to be the goal of our Montreal Canadiens as they passed the San Jose Sharks Thursday with Jake Allen in one of his best performances since donning the blue White Red. With back-to-back games this weekend, don’t be surprised if substitute Samuel Montembeault gets the green light for one of the games, most likely against the Ducks in Anaheim on Sunday. At least that’s what fans of A winning habit voted for our Twitter.
Having Montembeault play Sunday against the Ducks makes logistical sense, as it would give Allen plenty of time to rest before the team returns to Montreal on Tuesday for the first of a five-game home game. at home against the Detroit Red Wings.
Dominique Ducharme likes to mix up his lines but rarely does so after a victory. So expect the same combinations to be on the ice, as we saw on Thursday against the Sharks.
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For the home team, the LA Kings fight mightily out of the gate. Signature prized free agent and former Hab Phillip Danault is off to a slow start as he only scored one goal and one assist with odds of -1. His defensive play has been a bit erratic since donning the black and white jersey and his offensive contribution is sorely lacking as he signed for LA in order to have more chances to contribute offensively.
The Kings also received a heavy blow when Drew Doughty fell after a knee-to-knee collision. A tibial plateau contusion is the official diagnosis and will send Doughty to the IR for at least 2 months, adding to an already crowded infirmary that includes prospect Quinton Byfield, among others.
Also of note, it will be very strange to see Alex Edler play in a uniform other than that of the Canucks.
Here is the story of the tape for today’s game:
Kings of Los Angeles
Review of the 2021-2022 season: 1-5-1, 8th Pacific Division
The Head Coach: Todd McLellan
Captain: Anze Kopitar
Injuries: Drew Doughty (tibial plateau contusion – 2 months), Quinton Byfield (ankle fracture – week to week), Andreas Athanasiou (undisclosed – undefined), Lias Andersson (groin – undefined), Sean Walker ( MCL and ACL tear – absent for season), Brendan Lemieux (COVID-19 protocol – day to day)
Viktor Arvidsson – Anze Kopitar – Dustin Brown
Adrian Kempe – Phillip Danault – Alex Iafallo
Trevor Moore – Blake Lizotte – Arthur Kaliyev
Carl Grundstrom – Rasmus Kupari – Gabriel Vilardi
Tobias Bjonfort – Matt Roy
Kale Clague – Mikey Anderson
Alexander Edler – Austin Strand
Record for the 2021-2022 season: 2-6-0, 8th in the Atlantic division
The Head Coach: Dominique ducharme
Captain: Shea Weber
Injuries: Shea Weber (undisclosed – undefined), Carey Price (personal – undefined), Joel Edmundson (personal – undefined), Paul Byron (hip – month to month)
Mike Hoffman – Nick Suzuki – Brendan Gallagher
Jonathan Drouin – Christian Dvorak – Josh Anderson
Tyler Toffoli – Mathieu Perreault – Cole Caufield
Artturi Lehkonen – CÃ©dric Paquette – Joel Armia
Ben Chiarot – Jeff Petry
Alexandre Romanov – David Savard
Sami Niku – Brett Kulak