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Pregame : Canadiens vs Panthers

March 30, 2023, 4:33 PM ET [268 Comments]
Karine Hains
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With 7 games to go in the season, Martin St-Louis has chosen to give the net to Samuel Montembeault tonight. Questioned about the young netminder, the coach said that he’s certainly earned his starts this season and that those 35 starts are not a by product of the circumstances like last season. Furthermore, he said that he’s managed to find more consistency which has made the team more confident in front of him and that unlike some goalies he’s known in his career, Montembeault is relaxed, he’s not high-strung on a game day.

As for the rest of the line-up, the team has confirmed that Dach will be out at least one week with an upper body injury without giving any further details, but we do know that he was pulled from the overtime against the Sabres to enter the concussion protocol. Hopefully, the Habs will be taking a cautious approach with Dach who has suffered concussions before and who really appears to be one of their building blocks for the future. On the blue line, David Savard will be a game-time decision and if he’s unable to go, Chris Wideman will be inserted back in the line-up.

Sean Farrell will be making is home ice debut when he takes to the ice tonight, and he’ll be doing it alongside Jake Evans and Brendan Gallagher. As I said in my last blog, the two are starting to develop very good chemistry and hopefully, Farrell will fit right in. The youngster said he’s been told to expect more noise and excitement when the Habs have the puck tonight, he called the Bell Centre louder and more exciting, he’s got that right, you could have heard a pin drop in Philadelphia on Tuesday and I’m barely exaggerating.

While the Habs are now officially out of the playoffs, the Panthers are still hanging in there and hoping to punch their ticket to the Spring dance. As things stand though, they are on the outside looking in, they’re a single point behind the Penguins who hold the 8th and final spot in the eastern conference, but Pittsburgh has got a game in end. Needless to say, the Canadiens could cause some serious trouble if they do win tonight. One thing’s for sure though, the Habs’ brass wouldn’t complain since Kent Hughes and co. must really be hoping that the Cats fail to qualify since they are holding Florida’s first pick at the upcoming draft.

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