Unless a last minute change, Claude Julien will not make any changes to the training, who defeated the Leafs on Saturday night. So it is with the same size as the troupe of montreal will attempt to win a fourth victory in a row for the first time of the season.
Considering that nothing is going to the Coyotes of Arizona, who have won two of their last 12 games, the opportunity is good. In addition, in the face of the Coyotes, Carey Price has a record of 12-1-0, an average goals allowed of 1.84 and an efficiency rate of ,937.
Over the past ten years, only two teams (Sharks in 2015-2016 and Islanders in 2012-2013) who has not maintained a record of ,500 at home, have managed to qualify for the playoffs. However, a victory this evening at the Bell Centre, would allow the Habs to attain this level of respectability for the first time since the 1st of January. Moreover, the Canadian has won four of its last six games in front of its supporters.
“It doesn’t matter if one has more confidence at home lately, we should win games. Every defeat is a hard blow. We must go one at a time and win at home as much as on the road,” said Julien.
The reinforcement for the Coyotes?
On the side of the Coyotes, a big piece could re-enter the training. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, injured since 30 January, appears ready to return to the game. The goalie Darcy Kuemper is still on the button. Coach Rick Tocchet has indicated that a decision would be made in the case of Ekman-Larsson after the warm-up period.
At the time of fall in battle because of a lower-body injury, Kuemper knew possibly the best moments of his career. His record of 15-8-2, its effectiveness rate ,929, and his average of goals allowed from 2.17 to him had even earned an invitation to the all-star game. Invitation to the guardian of 29 years has had to decline.
News from the infirmary
On the sidelines since last Tuesday, Shea Weber there will not be the team to Boston and Pittsburgh. Julien said he should be better able to make an assessment on the recovery of his captain towards the end of the week.
Conversely, Paul Byron expected to accompany his teammates. The Franco-Ontarian trains on a regular basis since a few days already.
“A little, as was the case with Jonathan Drouin, when the player is skating with the team, it is better to have it in our community rather than leave it behind,” said Julien.