Canadiens vs. Canucks: Start time, tape tale, how to watch
Montreal Canadiens vs Vancouver Canucks
How to watch
Start time: 7:30 p.m. EST / 4:30 p.m. PST
In Canada: Sportsnet (English)
In the Canadiens region: RDS (French)
Needing a win to end a three-game losing streak, Martin St-Louis turned to Jake Allen on Tuesday night. Allen had put on a spectacular performance in a losing effort against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 2 of the season, and the coach was hoping for something similar.
A show is precisely what Allen provided, in the face of another strong start from the Red Wings in their own building. He didn’t have a perfect period like the first meeting where he stopped 25 shots, but managed 15 of 16 sent, and 41 of 43 on the night.
The difference that ultimately helped Montreal claim the two points was two first-period goals from Mike Hoffman, scored in exactly the same way; into an open net on a rebound from Brendan Gallagher. It was a tough night the rest of the way with the penalty calls largely in favor of Detroit, and the Red Wings played well throughout, but the Habs held their ground through regulation, handed out one final penalty to put ended overtime, then unleashed Cole Caufield and Nick Suzuki in the shootout to grab the second point.
With that win in the bank against a good Red Wings team, the Canadians headed home to face the Vancouver Canucks.
Tale of the Band
|44.2% (26th)||Score chance for %||46.6% (24th)|
|2.77 (27th)||Goals per game||3.62 (5th)|
|3.23(18th)||Goals conceded per game||4.00 (30th)|
|14.7% (28th)||PP %||28.3% (5th)|
|80.9% (11th)||PACK%||60.5% (32nd)|
|0-2-0||H2H report (21-22)||2-0-0|
The Canucks couldn’t do well to start the season. They were winless in the first seven games, and with only months to go before the first renditions of “Bruce!” This is it” echoed around Rogers Arena, with many wondering if head coach Boudreau’s tenure would come to an abrupt end.
On October 27, they finally won their first victory. With a 6-4 victory last night in Ottawa, they now have four this season and have taken nine of the last 12 points available to them. In the four wins, they scored at least five goals. They have no wins when they do not reach this total.
The offense really came to life. In the six games of this hot streak, the Canucks have seven players averaging a point per game or better. After a terrible start when he was on the ice for every goal against, JT Miller has eight points in this run, and Elias Pettersson and captain Bo Horvat lead the way with 10 points apiece.
Andrei Kuzmenko is the most interesting name on this list. The 26-year-old is playing his first season in the NHL and has scored six goals in the last six games, including a hat trick. He played with Pettersson and Ilya Mikheyev on Vancouver’s second line, giving the team another source of offense.
One of the questions in tonight’s game is how much energy the Montreal defense will have to fend off the attack. They worked hard against the Red Wings and spent 11 minutes killing penalties. Joel Edmundson, Kaiden Guhle, Johnny Kovacevic and David Savard (despite spending the first half of the third period serving a misconduct penalty) played over 20 minutes and could all be called upon to do so again. They could start to feel the effects of the workload when tonight’s game enters its final stages.
The Canadiens don’t lose much in front of goal as they start Samuel Montembeault to complete the back-to-back game, and you could argue he’s been even better than Allen this season. Montembeault is contributing a .928 save percentage in this game, and his outstanding lateral movement will help deflect creative passes for the Canucks and cover up errors born out of fatigue from the defensemen in front of him.
As good as the end results are for Vancouver, defense remains a major issue for the club. They have allowed at least four goals five times in this current series. The Habs will have plenty of scoring opportunities, so they’ll have to be confident in their own abilities if the Canucks keep their offense going hot tonight.