Sports Lines, defense pairings and updates

Sports Lines, defense pairings and updates

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LAS VEGAS — The Canadiens skated at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday morning ahead of their matchup against the Golden Knights.

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Here are the lines and defense pairings featured by head coach Dominique Ducharme:

Thursday, January 20

Morning skate
LW C RW
73 – Tyler Toffoli 14 – Nick Suzuki 71 – Jake Evans
92 – Jonathan Drouin 32 – Rem Pitlick 17 – Josh Anderson
45 – Laurent Dauphin 28 – Christian Dvorak 68 – Mike Hoffman
55 – Michael Pezzetta 25 – Ryan Poehling 62 – Artturi Lehkonen
13 – Cedric Paquette 42 – Lukas Vejdemo  
LD RD G
8 – Ben Chiarot 58 – David Savard 35 – Sam Montembeault
43 – Kale Clague 26 – Jeff Petry 30 – Cayden Primeau
27 – Alexander Romanov 20 – Chris Wideman 70 – Michael McNiven
15 – Sami Niku 77 – Brett Kulak  
64 – Corey Schueneman    


Forwards Joel Armia and Cole Caufield are unavailable for the second straight game after entering the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol on January 18.

During his pregame press conference, Ducharme confirmed that he’d be sticking with the same lineup that posted a 5-3 win over the Stars on Tuesday night. 

That means that goaltender Sam Montembeault can build on his spectacular 48-save performance in Dallas. 

“Monty played unbelievable. He was definitely our backbone in net. He made some outstanding saves, so he was the first star in that game,” praised right-winger Josh Anderson. “That’s why we got the win, because of him.”

Video: MTL@DAL: Montembeault does the splits to stop Seguin


Anderson on Hughes: ‘He has a passion for the game’

Ducharme’s troops will meet newly appointed general manager Kent Hughes at some point today.

Admittedly, Anderson did some homework on the now former player agent who will be working alongside Jeff Gorton to run the Canadiens’ hockey operations department.

“Just reading up about him last night, he has a passion for the game, loves hockey, brings a lot of energy and knows a lot of people in the game,” noted Anderson. “It’s going to be a great addition to our organization.”

Video: Josh Anderson on the arrival of Kent Hughes

Like Anderson, Jake Evans is pleased that the front-office vacancy has been officially filled.

“It’s nice getting it settled and knowing who you’re going to be working with and working for over the next few years,” said Evans. “I’m looking forward to getting to work and helping this team win some more games.”

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Kent Hughes’ first day in photos 👀#GoHabsGo

Anderson on Drouin: ‘He’s very intelligent on the ice’

Jonathan Drouin is looking to extend his point streak to three straight games tonight.

After collecting a pair of assists against Arizona on Monday, Drouin added another versus Dallas.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Le premier but de Pitlick en bleu-blanc-rouge!Rem’s first as a Hab!#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/hI92latvSW

The 26-year-old ranks second on the roster in scoring with 20 points (6 goals, 14 assists), just one point behind Nick Suzuki.

Anderson couldn’t be happier to see Drouin enjoy some well-deserved success.

“He’s been very consistent. He’s very intelligent on the ice, very smart, and he knows where his linemates are at all times. He plays that 200-foot game that people don’t realize, and he had a lot of confidence going into this year. He’s producing and he’s feeling pretty good, so it’s great to see after what he went through last year,” mentioned Anderson. “It’s exciting because we all know that Drou loves the game of hockey. You can see it, you can see what he brings to our hockey team. It’s really good to see.”

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