BROSSARD | For the first time since November 12, 2013, David Desharnais look his teammates Press gateway. Michel Therrien has deleted the name of the small center for the game against the Los Angeles Kings tonight at the Bell Centre.
On the blueline, Greg Pateryn suffer the same fate against the Kings.
“We have two young people who were waiting for their chance to play Sven Andrighetto and Joel Hanley, said Therrien. It was the right time to do it. Andrighetto played well in St. John’s. In terms of Hanley, we like its revival of the attack and he passes the puck well. Recently, I found that our transition game was not good enough. ”
“It’s never easy to get a player of the training, he said. We decided that it was to be David. He is very conscious that there is a lack of production from him. But he needs to focus on the way forward to get points. I want it to become more creative. Sometimes it’s good to take a step back. He always responded well in the past. ”
Of fuel, Desharnais was shut out in his last nine games and won only two shots in his last five games.
Used to the wing from the beginning of the season in the fourth line, Phillip Danault receive a new challenge patrolling the center alongside Max Pacioretty and Andrew Shaw.
“Phillip played almost his entire career center, said Therrien. He was in this position in the junior and the AHL. ”
Andrighetto, meanwhile, will be found to the left along with Tomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher.
The Kings will bring the Bell Centre with a clear mission: to inflict the Canadiens first loss at home this season.
This confrontation will pit two teams on a roll. Montreal has won nine of its last 10 meetings, while Los Angeles has just won seven of its 10 most recent meetings.
The fourth held by the Kings (7-6-0, 14 points) in the Pacific section does not do justice to the potential of their attack.
The duo Jeff Carter Anze Kopitar-alone boasts seven goals and 16 points after 13 games, while Alec Martinez leads defensemen with nine points, three more than Drew Doughty.
Oiled clockwork, this team will have the opportunity to stretch its winning streak to four face training that grants more shots with an average of 34.4 per game.
The Wall Price
Carey Price will be the man to beat to get there. The masked man Habs are unbeaten in eight starts. It has a goals against average of 1.63 and an efficiency rate of, 953.
Meanwhile, former Canadiens colors holder Peter Budaj knows good times in California, who had two consecutive shutouts.
Last year, the Kings had won 3-0 and 3-2 the two duels between the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge.