Game Preview by Sam Gerber
Last game: MTL 4  NJD 6  

After giving up four goals to the Devils in the first period, the Canadiens battled back to make it close. Brendan Gallagher had another strong effort while Jacob De La Rose has displayed his untapped talent with increased ice-time. Rookie Charlie Lindgren deserved a much better result and showed a lot of compete shutting down the Devils in the third.

For a complete recap: Habs Penalty-Kill Buried by Devils

Players to watch

  • Jeff Petry
    Petry has stepped up big in the absence of Shea Weber and has become a back bone of a shaky defense corps. Petry will be challenged to finish his season strong and carry the momentum to next season. 
  • Evgenii Dadonov
    Dadonov has been providing the offense when his team needs him most.
  • Andrew Shaw
    Shaw hasn’t had the smoothest return to the lineup. There is some obvious rust in his skating and passing game which has led to turnovers. It’s key for Shaw to play his game and to stay healthy.

Keys to Victory

  • Slow it down
    The Panthers love to play quick but get disrupted when opponents clog the neutral zone.
  • Get pucks deep
    The Habs need to be hard on the fore-check to provide energy and create scoring chances.
  • Box out forwards
    Montreal needs to tie up opposing forwards and win puck battles for loose pucks.
Matchup by All Habs staff
BB&T Center, Sunrise, FL | March 8, 7:30 PM ET | TV: TSN2, RDS, FS-F

2017-18 statistics

71 (20th) Points (rank) 61 (26th)
32-25-7 Record 25-30-11
19-9-3 Home/Away 9-20-3
7-2-1 Last 10 3-3-4
2.98 GF/G 2.56
3.14 GA/G 3.05
19.4 PP% 20.2
79.3 PK% 76.5
 49.02  CF%  50.91
eSAT Analytics by Mathieu Chagnon
Projected forward lines, defense pairings and goaltenders
Dadonov – Barkov – Bjugstad
Huberdeau – Trocheck – Vrbata
McGinn – McCann – Mamin
Haley – MacKenzie – Sceviour
Galchenyuk – Drouin – Gallagher
Byron – De La Rose – Lehkonen
Scherbak – A. Shaw – L. Shaw
Deslauriers – Froese  – Carr
Yandle – Ekblad
Matheson – Pysyk
Weegar – Petrovic
Reilly – Petry
Alzner – Juulsen
Benn – Valiev
Out of the lineup
Scratched: Brickley, McCoshen
Injured: Vatrano, Malgin
Scratched: Schlemko
Injured: Weber, Hemsky, Price, Hudon, Pacioretty, Mete, Danault
Roberto Luongo Charlie Lindgren
Record: 12-7-2
GAA: 2.61
Sv%: .927
SO: 1
Alternate: Cory Schneider
Record: 4-5-2
GAA: 2.57
Sv%: .920
SO: 0
Alternate: Antti Niemi
 What to Expect by Sam Gerber
Prediction: Canadiens 2  Panthers 4 

They Panthers are one of the hottest teams in the league. They sit two points out of a wild card spot with multiple games in hand. The Canadiens will want to come out strong after a disastrous first period against the Devils.. 

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