To say the Habs have had a surprise start would be an understatement. The team that seemed destine to compete for the draft lottery finds themselves with 10 points in their first 7 games.
The name of the for Montreal is youth and speed. 2000 born first round pick Jesperi Kotkaniemi is yet to score but has picked up 3 assists and is +3 on the year. Match Kotkaniemi with a guy like Lehkonen who is enjoying a nice start to the year and pair them with a veteran like Brendan Gallagher and this team could keep surprising people.
On the other side of the ice, the Flames who have had a real nice start to their year, come into the Bell Centre off a 4-1 win at MSG on Sunday.
Rittich played solid against the Rangers stopping 44 of 45 shots in the winning effort.
Not much needs to be said about the Flames that hasn’t been said, Lindholm is a beast, Gaudreau is still picking twine on the regular, and young starts like Dube and Valimaki have earned their spots night in and night out.
Needless to say we can expect an absolute gun show from these two Canadian teams.
Puck drop is at 5:30