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After a day off on Sunday, the Canadiens were back to work yesterday, and coach Martin St-Louis ran an intense 45-minute practice. The bench boss mentioned his power play hadn’t been as productive of late and it made it harder for his offensive player to gather as many points. He’s pleased with the offensive support he’s getting from his blue line corps, since the Canadiens have got the most goals scored by the defense in the whole league.
St-Louis confirmed that Samuel Montembeault will be in net on Wednesday night, a full week after signing a 4-3 victory in Anaheim. As for the rest of his line-up, Joel Armia and Mattias Norlinder are waiting in the wings but as of yesterday, he didn’t know if he would be giving them a game.
After Saturday’s counter performance, the coach must hope that his men will come out swinging against the Blue Jackets. The Canadiens beat the Ohio formation in their first duel this season by a score of 4-3. Columbus was up 2-0 after the first period but Montreal managed to climb out of the hole they had dug for themselves to sign an overtime win thanks to a Cole Caufield goal.