That’s it. After 19 months of waiting, the Canadian will finally play a game inside a Bell Center which should be filled to its maximum capacity.
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Despite two setbacks in raising the curtain of this new season, we can expect the Habs players to receive warm ovations during the pre-match ceremony.
This match will be presented from 6 p.m. on TVA Sports and on TVA Sports direct.
Jonathan Drouin, whose mental health issues prompted him to step away from the team at the end of April, should be one of the most applauded. He had already received a warm welcome from the 10,000 spectators who attended the intra-team match a few weeks ago.
“This is a moment that I will remember all my life. I will live it and I will appreciate it, assured the number 92. But we must not forget that we have a big game tonight. We didn’t start the season the way we wanted. “
There is nothing better than reconnecting with your supporters to find the path to victory. Especially during an opening match in which the mood is usually at its peak.
“Playing in front of fans, we took that for granted. We had a surprise with COVID, said Drouin. The atmosphere of the match was completely different. There was no adrenaline. ”
“We will have the impression that the city is coming back to life. It looked like a ghost town after curfew, he added. When the supporters were re-admitted to the building, I could feel the vibe from my house. ”
Jake Allen will face shots from Alexis Lafrenière and his teammates. On the occasion of this New York visit, Dominique Ducharme will make some changes to his training.
Thus, Joel Armia will evolve to the left of Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield. Tyler Toffoli will replace the Finn on the unit completed by Jake Evans and Brendan Gallagher.
“In the first two games, the Suzuki trio didn’t collect a lot of pucks and didn’t have a lot of net presence,” said the Canadiens head coach.
During these meetings, Cole Caufield, right winger of this unit, fired seven shots on goal. However, real scoring opportunities were rare. Whether the fact that his name was already mentioned as a candidate for the Calder Trophy could have bothered Caufield, Ducharme offered the following response: “You don’t win the Calder in the first games of a season. And you don’t win it thinking you’re playing to win it. When you play the right way, the right things happen. Whether it’s a contract, the victories, the goals, the points. “
On the blue line, Alexander Romanov will get a promotion to the left of Jeff Petry, while Brett Kulak will be demoted to Chris Wideman.
“Joel Edmundson is not here. Who is the best tonight to take that place and that role? We will start like this and we will adjust along the way, ”said Ducharme.
And to hear him speak, the Russian defender’s rope might not be very long.
“It could last one presence, five appearances or the whole game. It depends on how the guys play. ”
Mike Hoffman took part in a first training session with his teammates. The day before, Ducharme had indicated that we could perhaps see him again on Tuesday, when the Sharks will be visiting the Bell Center.
The Canadian – Rangers clash will be presented from 6 p.m. on TVA Sports and on TVA Sports direct.
Army – Suzuki – Caufield
Drouin – Dvorak – Anderson
Toffoli – Evans – Gallagher
Perreault – Paquette – LehkonenRomanov – Petry
Chiarot – Savard
Ear – WidemanAllen