Game Preview by Sam Gerber
Last game: MTL 4  DAL 2  

The Canadiens took advantage of a bad start by Dallas. Nikita Scherbak scored a highlight reel goal. The most memorable part of the game was Andrew Shaw injuring himself while trying to deliver a hit. With his past concussion history, fans hope that he can make a recovery.

For a complete recap: Lehkonen Leads Habs Over Dallas

Players to watch

  • Sidney Crosby
    Crosby is still the league’s best all-round player and is a nightmare to matchup against.
  • Derek Brassard
    The Pens got even deeper at the dot and Brassard should get a favorable matchup against the Habs.
  • Jonathan Drouin
    Drouin had a good night on the power-play against the Stars. But Drouin and his line was dominated by Dallas forwards at even strength.

Keys to Victory

  • Get (at least) three
    As Michel Therrien said, if the Habs score three goals they, they have a good chance to win. Unfortunately, three might not be enough against the talented Penguins.
  • Ride the power-play
    The Canadiens power-play was great against Dallas and was a big part of the win.
  • Rise to the occasion
    While the Habs are out-gunned, using that as motivation will be a big key in the game.
Matchup by All Habs staff
Bell Centre, Montreal, QC | March 15, 7:30 PM ET | TV: TSN2, RDS, NBCSN

2017-18 statistics

PENGUINS CANADIENS
85 (10th) Points (rank) 64 (26th)
40-26-5 Record 26-32-12
14-18-4 Away/Home 17-10-8
5-4-1 Last 10 3-3-4
3.24 GF/G 2.53
3.00 GA/G 3.07
25.6 PP% 20.8
80.7 PK% 75.7
 51.93  CF%  51.03
eSAT Analytics by Mathieu Chagnon
 
Projected forward lines, defense pairings and goaltenders
Forwards
Guentzel – Crosby – Sheary
Hagelin – Malkin – Hornqvist
Rust- Brassard – Kessel
Kuhnhackl – Sheahan – Rowney 
Byron – Drouin – Gallagher
Galchenyuk – De La Rose – Lehkonen
Hudon – L. Shaw – Scherbak 
Deslauriers – Froese – Carr
Defensemen
Dumoulin – Letang
Oleksiak – Schultz
Maatta – Ruhwedel
Reilly – Petry
Alzner – Juulsen
Benn – Lernout
Out of the lineup
Scratched: Jooris, Hunwick
Injured: Murray, Simon, Aston-Reese
Scratched: McCarron
Injured: Weber, Hemsky, Price, Pacioretty, Mete, Schlemko, Valiev, Danault, A. Shaw
Goalies
Tristan Jarry Antti Niemi
Record: 13-6-2
GAA: 2.76
Sv%: .910
SO: 2
Alternate: Casey Desmith
Record: 5-6-4
GAA: 3.20
Sv%: .908
SO: 0
Alternate: Charlie Lindgren
 What to Expect by Sam Gerber
Prediction: Canadiens 2  Penguins 3 

With the Penguins missing their starting goalie, the Canadiens need to take advantage. It’s a given that the Pens are going to score, but the Habs have to work hard and take advantage of their chances. Keeping it simple, staying in position and keeping the turnovers to a minimum will go a long way for the Habs.

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