Game Preview by Sam Gerber
Last game: MTL 2  ARI  5  

Embarrassing is the only way to describe the loss to the last-place Coyotes. The Canadiens showed little life all game. The Habs comeback ended when their captain took a bad offensive zone penalty and the penalty-kill continued to struggle.

For a complete recap: Habs Road Woes Continue

Players to watch

  • William Karlsson
    Karlsson has become a true number one center in the NHL after giving the opportunity with his third NHL team.
  • Karl Alzner
    Alzner has yet to prove why he was highly sought after in the off-season. He may see his name pop-up in rumors before the deadline.
  • Reilly Smith
    Smith is another player who has taken advantage of playing bigger minutes now playing to his full potential.

Keys to Victory

  • Skate with your opponent
    The Canadiens will be at risk of Vegas skating circles around them.
  • Bounce back 
    The Habs need a good rebound game after being embarrassed by the Yotes, they need to show they have the fight to play at the NHL level.
  • Get to the net
    The Habs have very few players that are willing to attack the net, it does not only generate offence but takes opponents attention away from the play.
Matchup by All Habs staff
T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV | February 17, 7:00 PM ET | TV: SN360, TVAS, CITY

2017-18 statistics

GOLDEN KNIGHTS CANADIENS
80 (2nd) Points (rank) 51 (26th)
38-15-4 Record 22-28-7
21-4-2 Home/Away 8-18-1
6-4-0 Last 10 3-6-1
3.40 GF/G 2.53
2.68 GA/G 3.09
21.1 PP% 21.1
81.7 PK% 77.6
 51.62  CF%  51.31
eSAT Analytics by Mathieu Chagnon
 
Projected forward lines, defense pairings and goaltenders
Forwards
Marchessault – Karlsson – Smith
Perron – Haula – Neal
Tuch – Eakin – Lindberg
Carpenter – Bellemare – Nosek
Pacioretty – Byron – Lehkonen
Hudon – Plekanec – Gallagher
Galchenyuk – Drouin – Scherbak
Deslauriers – Froese – L. Shaw
Defensemen
McNabb – Schmidt
Theodore – Engelland
Miller – Hunt
Alzner – Petry
Morrow – Benn
Mete – Schlemko
Out of the lineup
Scratched: Leipsic
Injured: Sbisa, Subban, Carrier, Merrill
Scratched: Jerabek, Carr, De La Rose
Injured: Weber, Hemsky, Danault, A. Shaw
Goalies
Marc-Andre Fleury Antti Niemi
Record: 18-6-2
GAA: 2.03
Sv%: .933
SO: 2
Alternate: Maxime Legace
Record: 2-6-1
GAA: 3.92
Sv%: .887
SO: 0
Alternate: Carey Price
 What to Expect
Prediction: Canadiens 2  Golden Knights 6

The Golden Knights are sitting pretty at the top of the NHL standings while the Habs most recently hit rock bottom. The Knights will be focused and determined to get the two points while the Habs will either rise to the occasion or sink even deeper than they already are. .

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