Joel Armia – Nick Suzuki – Cole Caufield
Tomas Tatar – Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Corey Perry
Paul Byron – Jake Evans – Artturi Lehkonen
Alex Belzile – Michael Frolik – Jesse Ylonen
Brett Kulak – Ben Chiarot
Alexander Romanov – Xavier Ouellet
Erik Gustafsson – Jon Merrill
Cayden Primeau – Charlie Lindgren
Tyler Toffoli, Joel Edmundson, Jeff Petry, Josh Anderson, Eric Staal, Jake Allen
Joseph Blandisi, Michael Pezzetta, Joel Teasdale
Brendan Gallagher (hand), Carey Value (concussion), Jonathan Drouin (undisclosed), Shea Weber (upper-body), Phillip Danault (concussion)
The Canadiens iced an uncommon lineup to say the least. TSN broadcaster Gord Miller tweeted: “Unsure Montreal’s lineup tonight can be authorized for a pre-season recreation.” The cumulative wage for tonight’s gamers totaled lower than half of the NHL wage cap ground.
That’s all to say that it’s troublesome to attract conclusions from this recreation. On the Oilers aspect, they largely dressed regulars however the efficiency degree was that line on the range dial that sits between OFF and SIMMER.
In 60:27 of play, Edmonton registered simply 4 high-danger scoring possibilities. That’s usually a mean interval for Connor McDavid alone.
But it surely was the goalies that made this recreation attention-grabbing. Mike Smith was going by way of the motions and let in a few softies. For Cayden Primeau, the nightmare continued as he completed 2020-21 with out a robust NHL begin in 4 makes an attempt.
Nick Suzuki scored twice, together with his first shorthanded aim within the NHL, to achieve the 15-goal plateau. That may be a 22-goal tempo over 82 video games which places him in nice place to make the bounce to the 30-goal ballpark subsequent season.
Jesse Ylonen didn’t look misplaced making his NHL debut with 11:23 in icetime. Ylonen had been a really poised participant in Laval this season and will problem for a roster spot at Canadiens coaching camp within the Fall.
The Canadiens backed into the playoffs with a five-game dropping streak to finish the season. An 18th place end may be very disappointing given the lofty expectations set by Marc Bergevin. For perspective, the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers each completed the season with extra wins than Montreal however each missed post-season play by advantage of being in a stronger division.
And regardless of the low season modifications, Montreal completed the season with a worse successful report this 12 months in 56 video games (24-21-11) than final season after the 56 recreation mark (26-23-7).
The Canadiens could have days off and worthwhile apply time for the teaching workers to get the crew prepared for the primary spherical playoff matchup with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
▲ Nick Suzuki, Cole Caufield, Joel Armia, Alexander Romanov
▼ Cayden Primeau, Michael Frolik, Alex Belzile, Brett Kulak
Try the sport preview right here: Oilers @ Canadiens: NHL Debut for Ylonen