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

The Habs finished their road trip with a great third period effort against the Blue Jackets where they out-shot Columbus 23-to-5. But volume was not enough to beat Sergei Bobrovsky who secured the win for his team. Brendan Gallagher scored again and reached a career high in goals.

For a complete recap: Habs Penalty-Kill Fails Them

Players to watch

  • Alexander Radulov
    Radulov is flourishing in Dallas and his return to Montreal will be hard for Habs fans to watch as he is sure to put on a show.
  • Jordie Benn
    Benn has struggled the last two games with turnovers and needs to play more simple. Benn is an experienced player and is making mistakes that NHLer’s don’t make.
  • Jamie Benn
    The more famous of the Benn brothers plays hard and can surprise players with his physical presence, just ask Jeff Petry.

Keys to Victory

  • Disciplined coverage
    Claude Julien’s defensive system requires players to out man the puck carrier. Players must keep their heads on a swivel.
  • Stay out of the box
    The Habs penalty kill is awful. They need to do everything they can to avoid being penalized.
  • Take advantage of opportunities
    Players need to step up and take advantage of their opportunities.
Matchup by All Habs staff
Bell Centre, Montreal, QC | March 13, 7:30 PM ET | TV: TSN2, RDS, FS-SW+

2017-18 statistics

STARS CANADIENS
82 (11th) Points (rank) 62 (27th)
38-25-6 Record 25-32-12
14-15-3 Away/Home 16-10-8
4-4-2 Last 10 3-3-4
2.81 GF/G 2.51
2.58 GA/G 3.09
19.8 PP% 19.8
83.3 PK% 75.7
 51.43  CF%  51.14
eSAT Analytics by Mathieu Chagnon
 
Projected forward lines, defense pairings and goaltenders
Forwards
Benn – Seguin – Radulov
Janmark – Dickinson – Shore
Elie- Spezza – Ritchie
Roussel – Faksa – Pitlick
Byron – Drouin – Gallagher
Galchenyuk – De La Rose – Hudon
Scherbak – A. Shaw – Lehkonen
Deslauriers – Froese – Carr
Defensemen
Lindell – Klingberg
Hamhuis – Pateryn
Methot – Johns
Reilly – Petry
Alzner – Juulsen
Benn – Lernout
Out of the lineup
Scratched: Honka, Smith
Injured: Bishop, Hanzal
Scratched: L. Shaw
Injured: Weber, Hemsky, Price, Pacioretty, Mete, Schlemko, Valiev, Danault
Goalies
Kari Lehtonen Antti Niemi
Record: 12-8-2
GAA: 2.23
Sv%: .921
SO: 1
Alternate: Mike McKenna
Record: 4-6-4
GAA: 3.29
Sv%: .905
SO: 0
Alternate: Charlie Lindgren
 What to Expect by Sam Gerber
Prediction: Canadiens 3  Stars 4 

After a long road trip the Habs are happy to be home. Given the number of injuries, it can be considered a decent road trip despite the 1-3-2 record. The Stars are hanging on to one of the wild card spots and desperately need every point they can get. It’s normal for teams to be a little sluggish after returning from a road trip. So displaying some early energy and staying out of the box will be key to fend off the high-powered offence of the Stars.

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