Name of the Wilde: Montreal Canadiens take down New Jersey Devils with 7-4 win – Montreal | Globalnews.ca

Call of the Wilde: Montreal Canadiens take down New Jersey Devils with 7-4 win - Montreal | Globalnews.ca

2022-04-08 08:47:38

A fast two-game highway journey will discover the Montreal Canadiens making a Saturday evening cease in Toronto, with the Maple Leafs in search of revenge, however earlier than that they confronted the New Jersey Devils in Newark.

Montreal took benefit of New Jersey’s abysmal defensive zone protection as Christian Dvorak had a three-point evening in a 7-4 win.

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It’s the identical story nearly each contest today for the Canadiens: sit again and benefit from the pleasure of two younger youngsters as they flip into stars proper in entrance of our eyes.

It’s the Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield present coming quickly to an area close to you. First interval was solely 4:35 outdated when Suzuki rips a shot into the highest nook for his seventeenth of the season. Caufield provided a helper on that one.

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About 10 minutes later, the 2 reversed roles. This time it was Suzuki discovering Caufield streaking for a transparent lower breakaway. Caufield made his end look really easy that it doesn’t even really feel like he had a goalie to beat. It was merely a formality that Andrew Hammond was within the web making an attempt his greatest, however was overwhelmed earlier than he really moved.

That’s 16 targets within the final 26 video games for Caufield. The tempo that he has set since Martin St. Louis turned head coach makes him a 50 aim scorer in his first season.

The unhappy half is as an alternative he gained’t even be within the Calder Trophy dialog. He received just one aim in his first 30 video games, and that value him an opportunity on the high rookie award. He can’t catch as much as Michael Bunting, Moritz Seider, Trevor Zegras or Lucas Raymond. It’s a disgrace. He may have gained it with even a midway respectable begin.

Suzuki and Caufield can be collectively for a very long time to come back. They should discover a winger that could be a third as snug as the primary two are with one another.

Logic tells you that these two gamers want a puck-winner. They want an F1 who battles for the puck and wins it for them. That ought to have been Josh Anderson, however he faltered after a quick begin. The difficulty could possibly be that Anderson is injured or it simply may be that after he wins the puck, he doesn’t distribute it nicely sufficient. Passing will not be the strongest facet of Anderson’s sport.

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Right here’s a suggestion for the winger on the opposite aspect: Juraj Slafkovsky. He’s ranked high 5 within the draft. He’s massive and robust with a terrific shot and he passes nicely, too. He’s a left winger with a left shot, so you’d suppose that may be the identical spot that Caufield is taking part in, however St. Louis likes his wingers on their off aspect so that they see extra of the web after they shoot.

It might not be troublesome to place Slafkovsky on the correct. That may be a formidable line of first spherical draft picks.

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That is down the highway, however it’s value serious about, if the Canadiens don’t win that lottery to take Shane Wright to fill the apparent want on the centre place. The sensation right here is that the opposite two centres who’re ranked high 5, Matt Savoie and Logan Cooley, due to their measurement, will simply find yourself on the wing anyway — which means take one of the best participant obtainable between picks two to 5 as a result of all three are going to finish up being wingers.

It’s pleasurable to think about the Canadiens having a primary line that may present pleasure each evening, as an alternative of being impressively accountable on defence. That’s what the followers come to the rink for — the great thing about a Suzuki to Caufield link-up.

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The fourth line of the Canadiens was dominated by the Devils fourth line. Jesse Ylonen with Ryan Poehling and Tyler Pitlick had been destroyed by Andreas Johnsson, AJ Greer and Mike McLeod. Ylonen had been having some good contests. Poehling had been robust going to the web as nicely.

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Tyler Pitlick doubtless isn’t an NHLer. Nonetheless, it was disappointing to see the fourth line have such a tough time. The group must get some depth again that’s misplaced when trades are made in a rebuild.

Hopefully, gamers like Joshua Roy and Sean Farrell will flip into NHL gamers because the group hopes. Jeff Gorton and Kent Hughes are additionally excessive on Emil Heineman who was lately acquired from Calgary. Heineman signed his three-year entry-level contract three days in the past and can report back to the Laval Rocket.

Assistance is on the best way, however at ahead, one can see how shallow the membership depth is in the intervening time.


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Followers had been somewhat dissatisfied that they didn’t get a 3rd straight sport to look at Jordan Harris within the NHL on the Prudential Heart. Harris watched the sport from the press field, however earlier than you get the concept that the teaching workers thought there was one thing unsuitable with the primary two video games for Harris, that is what Martin St. Louis needed to say:

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“We now have quite a lot of guys right here that want to the touch the ice in sport motion and you’ll take this chance now for Jordan to look at a sport after taking part in a pair, and see himself in sure conditions that occur, and he may consider it in a different way after taking part in two video games, and the way he considered it previous to taking part in these two video games, and from him watching tonight, how he would deal with these conditions.”

St. Louis went on to emphasize that there’s nothing that bothered him about Harris within the first two contests.

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The battle subsequent yr for spots goes to be very attention-grabbing. Corey Schueneman, Justin Barron, Kaiden Guhle and Jordan Harris will doubtless battle for 3 spots obtainable after Joel Edmundson, David Savard, Alexander Romanov take the opposite three.

Marc Bergevin cherished veterans when he was on the helm, so he would have doubtless provided spots to Chris Wideman, and Kale Clague this summer time. Will probably be attention-grabbing to see what Kent Hughes and Jeff Gorton do with the 2 vets; whether or not they imagine their expertise is required.

It’s going to be pleasurable to look at this construct.

Brian Wilde, a Montreal-based sports activities author, brings you Name of the Wilde on globalnews.ca after every Canadiens sport.

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