The Canadiens certainly knows an unexpected early season, but it can put a damper on the quality of the opposition encountered so far.
This will not however be the case tonight with a visit to the New York Rangers in what will mark the local opening of the season of the Canadiens.
After facing the two worst teams in its division in Boston and Toronto Penguins playing without conviction and senators who sent a rookie in goal (the Canadian also, notice), the CH will do battle with the powers of his association.
After passing a victory in the final of the Stanley Cup last season, the Rangers picked up where they left off, winning three of their first four games of the season, including the curtain-raiser against the defending champions, the Blackhawks in Chicago.
“We want to establish themselves as a good team at home. Tonight is the first chance against a very good team, one of the elite teams in the National League, “admitted Michel Therrien, after practice of his own this morning.
With a win, the Canadiens would win his first five games of the season for the first time in its century-old history.
Eyes on the trio of Eller
This challenge, the Canadian address without making changes to its winning formula. For a fifth straight game, the same 20 players will make up the workforce, while Paul Byron and Greg Pateryn Jarred Tinordi wait their turn.
After training, Michel Therrien met for long moments with Lars Eller, Alex Galchenyuk and Alexander Semin. The three players were shut out in the last two games.
“If I start to prepare every time I talk to a guy, I’ll do it in the office,” commented Therrien, reluctant to reveal the reason behind the meeting.
“On some items we can play better, admitted Lars Eller. But it’s good to have communication and leadership of Michael, and talk about us too. We try to communicate as much as possible. ”
This reflection Eller would probably wincing some former Canadiens, namely Rene Bourque, sometimes denounced the lack of communication between the coach and his players.