Canadiens vs Capitals: Start time, Tale of the Tape, how to watch
Montreal Canadiens vs. Washington Capitals
How to watch
Start time: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST
In the Canadiens region: TSN2 (English), RDS (French)
In the capital region: NBC Sports Washington
Diffusion: ESPN+, NHL live, Direct RDS, TSN Direct
The Canadiens had a week off to get away from the game, completely distract themselves from hockey and reset themselves for the last half of the year. All the bad plays from the first 44 games could be forgotten and players could return to the more representative performances they enjoyed before the start of this year.
Montreal returned to the ice two days ago for its first game in nine days. There had been no such reset.
The response to the 7-1 loss that followed 7-2 and 6-3 defeats before the break was for Dominique Ducharme to be fired by Jeff Gorton and Kent Hughes, one of the first moves in which the new manager General has been involved since being hired less than a month earlier. Tonight against the Washington Capitals, players will hear a new voice in their ears as Martin St. Louis takes the reins for the rest of the season.
Tale of the Band
|45.3% (29th)||Score chance for %||51.4% (12th)|
|2.20 (32nd)||Goals per game||3.21 (11th)|
|3.98 (32nd)||Goals conceded per game||2.77 (12th)|
|13.6% (31st)||PP %||15.6% (29th)|
|73.0% (30th)||PACKAGE%||78.0% (20th)|
He inherits a team that will not be reunited until several of its veterans are on the way out. Keeping tabs on the trade deadline was likely one of the reasons for this move, as player values could go nowhere but down with another month of poor performance that we had grown accustomed to.
St. Louis has scored plenty of goals in his career despite his small size, so he’ll be sure to have plenty of advice for Cole Caufield. Back in the lineup, Caufield has once again had the opportunity to shoot, but his sights remain off, and some of those shots come from plays he’s trying to create completely on his own. At the very least, let’s hope the dynamic talent we saw in last year’s playoffs can be restored in these final games.
The new coach has also had a lot of success on the penalty kill, especially in the first half of his career, and this will be one of the areas he will have to tackle first with the team’s best commercial chips that lie on the Blue Line.
Normally, the penalty kill would be for a Washington Capitals practice, but this year that man advantage isn’t having much of a hit at all. The team is only two percentage points better than Montreal in this category, ranking 29th in the league.
They still score more than three goals per game, ranking in the NHL’s top eight at five-to-five. It’s the situation Alexander Ovechkin chose to attack Wayne Gretzky’s goalscoring record, currently holding the lowest power-play goal tally of the top five Maurice Richard Trophy contenders, but leading the league with 21 strength goals. equal.
The Capitals are comfortably in a playoff spot, but surely less keen on it being a wildcard position with the prospect of drawing the Carolina Hurricanes or Florida Panthers in the first round. Washington has lost two games in a row, also losing to the Edmonton Oilers and Columbus Blue Jackets in recent weeks, as have the Canadians, so they’ll want to settle their game quickly to move up to a seeded position in the metropolitan division.