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About Last Night: Habs’ offence finally explodes in Game 2 blowout victory

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The Canadiens got a pair of goals from Tomas Tatar, a player whose goalscoring abilities had been sorely needed since the play-in round. He entered the playoffs with four career playoff goals. He nearly matched that tally Friday, scoring half of his career playoff output in one game.

It took him slightly over a minute to break his playoff scoring drought, and he later added his second on the power play in the next period.

“It was nice to find the net,” Tatar said.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi, who some were prepared to write off (likely in jealousy of Brady Tkachuk two hours west), has been great for the Canadiens this postseason. The 20-year old has four playoff goals before the age of 21, tying him for fourth all-time among Habs players with the late, great Henri Richard.

“KK was outstanding tonight,” Canadiens forward Max Domi said.

Domi can pat himself on the back too after his three-assist performance. He played with Kotkaniemi and Jonathan Drouin after fans pleaded for him to get time with better players and not languish on the team’s fourth line. He especially loved getting to play with Drouin.

“It’s no secret Jo and I are very close off the ice,” Domi said. “We spend a lot of time away from the rink together. We love playing together. So, it was a lot of fun to get out there with him tonight.”

The team as a whole dominated with possession, scoring chances, and their speed which proved to be too much for Philly. It took their opponents most of their first period for them to get a shot on net.

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Canadiens owner Molson’s silence speaks volumes | HI/O Bonus

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In this bonus episode, our panelists — Montreal Gazette columnist Stu Cowan, CBC Daybreak Montreal’s Jessica Rusnak and former Canadien Rick Green — along with host Adam Susser discuss how Geoff Molson dropped the ball by not addressing the Black Lives Matter movement in a meaningful way.

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NHL, NHLPA looking at mid-to-late May for players to return to small group activities

The NHL, in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic, is looking ahead in its return to play plans to Phase 2, which would involve small group activities for players in NHL team training facilities.

“Provided that conditions continue to trend favourably — and, subject to potential competitive concerns as between disparately situated markets — we believe we may be able to move to Phase 2 at some point in the mid-to-later portion of May,” the NHL and NHLPA said in a joint statement released on Wednesday night.

The precise date of the transition to Phase 2 from Phase 1, which involves a period of self-quarantine, is to be determined. Specific guidelines for players and hockey personnel will be provided once it becomes clearer when Phase 2 would start.

The Return to Play Committee, which includes Maple Leafs captain John Tavares, will continue to meet regularly to discuss plans for the eventual return of the game.

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Calgary visits Detroit after Backlund’s 2-goal game – Calgary

Calgary Flames (31-25-6, fourth in the Pacific Division) vs. Detroit Red Wings (15-44-4, eighth in the Atlantic Division)

Detroit; Sunday, 7 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: The Detroit Red Wings host Calgary after Mikael Backlund scored two goals in the Flames’ 4-3 loss to the Bruins.

The Red Wings are 10-18-2 on their home ice. Detroit is last in the league averaging just 5.5 points per game. Anthony Mantha leads them with 30 total points.

The Flames have gone 17-13-2 away from home. Calgary has given up 32 power-play goals, killing 82.1% of opponent chances.

In their last meeting on Oct. 17, Calgary won 5-1.

TOP PERFORMERS: Cody Goloubef leads the Red Wings with a minuszero in zero games played this season. Mantha has totalled 6 points over the last 10 games for Detroit.

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Derek Ryan leads the Flames with a plus-nine in 60 games played this season. Johnny Gaudreau has collected nine assists over the last 10 games for Calgary.

LAST 10 GAMES: Flames: 4-6-0, averaging four goals, 6.3 assists, 3.9 penalties and 13.4 penalty minutes while allowing 3.8 goals per game with a .885 save percentage.

Red Wings: 3-7-0, averaging 1.6 goals, 2.6 assists, 3.7 penalties and 7.7 penalty minutes while giving up 2.9 goals per game with a .913 save percentage.

INJURIES: Red Wings: None listed.

Flames: Derek Ryan: day to day (illness).

The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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About Last Night: Habs’ victory over the Capitals was for pride

Canadiens’ Tomas Tatar skates past Capitals’ Nicklas Backstrom in front of goalie Carey Price Thursday night in Washington.

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Noted poet laureate, Jay Z, once said: “moral victories are for minor league coaches”.

He’s not wrong. But, the Canadiens sought to be the exception to that line after they earned a moral and literal victory over the Washington Capitals Thursday night. It’s a victory that won’t resuscitate their playoff chances, but they needed one to temporarily forget about the Tuesday night loss to the lowly Detroit Red Wings.

If the Canadiens’ playoff chances were unofficially on life support after picking up two points in four games last week, then Detroit’s comeback win over the Canadiens Tuesday night was enough to call a coroner. 

Habs fans will stew on that Detroit loss (better yet, all four of them this season) for a while. Can you imagine how the players must feel?

But since the team still doesn’t wish to quit on themselves, the only victories for them to earn are moral ones from here on out.

The Habs can, at least, say they won a game against a good team while having more high danger chances than their opponent. They can say they won a game while spending most of the contest leading the shot counter. Montreal even had 17 shots on net in the second period while Washington didn’t play their best.

There’s been quite a few games this season where the Canadiens have peppered shots on an opposing goalie but to no avail. You’ll be happy to know that the Canadiens are second in the National Hockey League in shots per game, and have the league’s third-best Corsi For percentage per Natural Stat Trick.

The Habs wanted no part in history either. Alexander Ovechkin was chasing his 700th career goal Thursday. He scored his 699th career goal but did not get the milestone he was chasing.

By the way, it’s totally acceptable to have wanted history to be made Thursday night.

It’s only a temporary feeling of happiness, but the Canadiens can take some comfort in knowing they were able to get a victory over a top National Hockey League team.

Once reality hits, they’ll have to deal with their defensive unit taking another hit with Xavier Ouellet being injured against the Caps. They already won’t have Victor Mete in the lineup Saturday against Ottawa. The Canadiens also traded away Marco Scandella this week.

But hey, the Habs won. Blood, sweat, tears, and all. A victory for a group that has run out of answers for why the season has gone as it has.

You may reply that the standards for Canadiens’ victories may be lowered. But, at this point in the season, this is where they’re at.

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Here’s the best of the liveblog from last night’s game:


dayz c

From the Caps’ perspective the wrong number 8 scored two goals. Who would’ve thought the Habs’ #8 would outscore the Caps’ #8.


Joseph Barrie

Well deserved. Excuse me while I lose my ability to speak tomorrow. Metro ride home gonna be good.

Len Winger

Who is this team??

Arthur Chilli

We have a shot at catching San Jose – in upside down standings – and draft #6. Just Do what you do best Habs….










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Canadiens’ Carey Price becoming like a big brother to Cayden Primeau

Canadiens rookie goalie Cayden Primeau was asked after practice Friday in Brossard to describe his relationship with Carey Price.

“I’m not sure … probably big brother, little brother,” Primeau said. “But he’s been nothing but great and super supportive. I try to stay out of his way, but like I said he’s been super supportive. So I can’t say any more nice things about him.”

The big brother had the little brother’s back after Primeau recorded his first NHL victory Wednesday night, making 35 saves in a 3-2 overtime win over the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre. The Senators’ Brady Tkachuk picked up the puck after Ben Chiarot scored the winning goal in OT and was leaving the ice with it when he was stopped by Price.

Tkachuk handed the puck over and Price presented it to Primeau after the rookie was named the first star in only his second NHL start since getting called up from the AHL’s Laval Rocket.

Carey Price congratulates rookie goalie Cayden Primeau after his first NHL victory, a 3-2 overtime win over the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Dec. 11, 2019.

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“That means so much,” Primeau said. “(Price) probably doesn’t even realize how much it means to me that he got a piece of that night there I’ll be able to have for the rest of my life.”

Tkachuk, who is known as a pest and tangled with Shea Weber during Wednesday’s game, claimed he was going to give the puck to a fan as a souvenir, but most likely knew exactly what he was doing when he tried to take away the special souvenir. Primeau and Tkachuk were teammates for international play at the U-18 level with Team USA.

“He messaged me and he told me that he was doing that (giving the puck to a fan),” Primeau said. “But it’s all part of the way he plays and I respect that. When people don’t like him, that’s what he’s supposed to do. I’m going to take his word for it, but definitely part of his game.”

“Nothing can surprise me with Brady,” the goalie said with a big smile.

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Maple Leafs roster is full, but scoring is not

Sheldon Keefe finally has all the king’s horses and all the king’s men.

But can he put a winning Maple Leafs lineup together again?

The first game of the season with the entire Toronto roster — minus checking winger Trevor Moore — was more disjointed than dominating on Wednesday, up against the rested resources of the Colorado Avalanche. It would be hasty to judge the new defensive pairs on just one outing, but at forward, some lines failed to make it through the first period before being broken up in search of more scoring.

There are likely to be an ongoing experiments on a number of fronts, to get Auston Matthews out of his funk, make the most of Mitch Marner’s return, not take away from John Tavares or Zach Hyman, and get more out of rookie Ilya Mikheyev, who has no goals since Oct. 25.

The good news, unlike a couple of years ago when there were few options, is the Leafs have some intriguing possibilities still to sort through.

“We know anyone can play with anyone on this team, and everyone’s deadly with the puck,” said Marner, who played a team-high 28 shifts in his return, almost 23 minutes. “It doesn’t matter who you’re on the ice with, it’s the amount of chemistry you have with that person. But I think that comes pretty quick on our team. It’s just attention to detail down low in our zone and making sure you do things right.”

Matthews, Marner and William Nylander saw some shifts together Wednesday, the third line of Hyman, Alex Kerfoot and Kasperi Kapanen has potential, and Keefe can always go back to last season’s top line of Hyman, Tavares and Marner. Andreas Johnsson had to leave the game halfway through because of a shot block injury, though his numbers have slipped lately, too. When Moore does return, he can either move up the chain or at worst, augment Jason Spezza or the Marlie grads on the fourth unit.

“I do intend on moving things around with those top guys,” said Keefe, before the Leafs departed Scotiabank for a day off Thursday. “You lose Johnsson and it changes things a bit, but you’re looking for a spark, trying to score.”

That said, Keefe didn’t fault the overall effort on Wednesday after a shocking end to a 6-1 loss in Philadelphia the night before. The Leafs, now 4-3-0 under the new coach, didn’t lag against the rested Avs, but couldn’t crack their defence despite 39 shots on goal.

“I thought the urgency was fine and some of the adjustments we’ve been working at defensively have been there for us,” Keefe said. “While our attention has gone there, we’ve gotten away from some of the things offensively we need to focus on.”

On the blueline, Jake Muzzin and Justin Holl were given the shutdown role against Nathan MacKinnon’s line, while Morgan Rielly and Tyson Barrie had a chance to expand their offensive games. Again, Keefe said he just wanted different looks and gauge how more ice time affected certain defencemen.


Former Leafs team psychologist Paul Dennis already was busy before the spotlight fell on hockey coaches who allegedly have abused their power to coerce and intimidate players.

Dennis, a retired professor at York University and former coach of the junior Marlies, has been working with OHL commissioner Dave Branch the past three years to create an education program to assist OHL and other Canadian Hockey League coaches with player relations.

“It’s so they can have a better understanding of today’s players, so they’ll be able to create a coaching environment where unwavering trust between players and coaches becomes the norm.,” Dennis said. “The program teaches coaches that there can never be an attack on a player’s self-esteem. In short, coaching by creating a threatening environment based on physical or emotional abuse will never be tolerated. Such behaviour has long-term negative effects on players, such as depression and anxiety.”

As such stories found their way to a mass audience in recent days, Branch conducted a conference call with OHL general managers, reinforcing that teams are required to contact Dennis if they identify an issue, and that the league can initiate contact if it has grounds to believe there is a problem.

“The program was embraced by the (OHL) Board of Governors and we’ve been very pleased with the teams we’ve dealt with so far,” Dennis said.


After a practice on Friday, the Leafs will have four road games spaced out by a day or two — which prompts the question: When will Michael Hutchinson make his next start? Moved aside Wednesday after Frederik Andersen convinced Keefe it was best to let him lead the team for a shot at quick redemption, Hutchinson will play once on the trip, though Keefe just doesn’t know when.

Facing the Stanley Cup champion Blues in St. Louis on Saturday might be too tall an order, as would Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl a week later in Edmonton. So the winless Hutchinson might be looking at the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, or the Calgary Flames on Thursday. Versus the Canucks, the former Winnipeg Jet has a sparkling record of 4-1-0-0 with a .949 save percentage.


A huge confidence boost for the Leafs penalty kill was giving the Avs next to nothing on a four-minute minor to Muzzin in the third period Wednesday after MacKinnon scored easily on the visitors’ first power play. Asked about the Leafs’ power play (19.0%) drawing just two or fewer chances in 10 of the past 11 games, Keefe pointed out the Leafs aren’t being called too often themselves of late. At 94 times short this season, the Leafs rank 12th highest, but have the third-most goals against … Rielly is two assists shy of 214 and tying Bryan McCabe for sixth among Leafs defencemen in franchise history.

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Keefe, Leafs a hit at home

The Maple Leafs chose the low-key approach to Sheldon Keefe’s first home game, but Frederik Andersen hogged all the Hogtown screen time anyway.

Keefe can hang his first Scotiabank Arena win on Andersen’s 29 saves, including an eye-popping snare in the second period in an eventual 2-1 win over Buffalo on John Tavares’ overtime goal.

With his parents leading a clan gathering of Keefe Nation, the new coach improved to 4-1 with a difficult home-and-home split with the Sabres.

“I’ve been in this environment before (the farm team Marlies play a few times at SBA), but never quite like this, so full, as much emotion and energy,” Keefe said. “I’m hoping it’s better from here.”

Keefe’s replacing of Mike Babcock was only mentioned briefly in a pre-game in-house broadcast before many fans had arrived. Much like his predecessor, Keefe was grateful Andersen was there to save the day when his team lagged or was pushed off the puck.

“Nice to have a guy capable of that,” said Keefe, whose team lost the only game Andersen didn’t start for him, Friday in Buffalo. “You’re going to need that at certain times and it gives is confidence. It wasn’t the prettiest at times, but we found a way to get two points.”

The Leafs also won the second of back-to-back games for the first time this season, Keefe switching the rotation with Michael Hutchinson opening and Andersen closing.

“We’ve talked a little bit about how to do this scenario,” said Andersen, who seemed leery of not starting the first game. “We have a middle man in our goalie coach (Steve Briere), a little buffer there. But we talked to Sheldon as well and thought we’d try to do it this time. We started out great yesterday (Hutchinson struggled later in the 6-4 loss). It would’ve been nice to get all four points, but I’ll take two.

“When you’re seeing the puck well, you get in good position and that leads to a few more saves when you’re out of position. That’s the key to my game to track the puck around.”

Another back-to-back debate looms next week, with Toronto playing in Philadelphia on Tuesday and home again to face Nazem Kadri and the Avalanche on Wednesday.


After Andersen made two stops in OT, Tavares beat Carter Hutton glove side at the 1:45 mark. Hutton was tough on the Leafs, making 41 saves but has gone without a win for five weeks.

Andersen recorded his seventh victory against Buffalo as a Leaf and broke a tie with Curtis Joseph for the second most against the Sabres, who have been a prickly foe for Toronto going back to their birth in the early 1970s.

William Nylander scored on a power play, with Auston Matthews assisting, and though the latter has just one point the past three games he nearly had the winner in the final seconds of regulation when he went five-hole on Hutton and Marco Scandella swept it off the goal line.

For Nylander, his 10th goal came almost a year to the day he ended his damaging contract spat with the club, returning to double figures for the first time since 2017-18.

After a scoreless first period, in which Andersen had to be alert for teammates getting out-hustled to pucks and the Leafs survived a Nic Petan penalty, they hit on their own power play. Matthews braked by the boards and dished to Nylander, who was given too much room by an otherwise tight Sabres defence. Tavares and Matthews had their hands full with Jack Eichel, who won five of his first six draws and pressed the duo all night.

Buffalo thought it tied the game midway through the second as Conor Sheary ripped a wrister from the slot that Andersen coolly snagged. But the Sabres quickly pointed for a review and indeed most of the goalie’s glove was behind the line — but not the puck.

On another Leafs clearance collapse in that period, Andersen gloved a Jeff Skinner shot on his knees with no stick. Rasmus Ristolainen, one of seven defencemen deployed by the Sabres in this game, burst in through the left side of the Leafs and beat Andersen early in the third period.


Keefe was glad to have Alexander Kerfoot back in the lineup after a two-game league suspension from an illegal hit in the game a week ago against Colorado. Kerfoot flew off the bench in the first period on a long change to keep a puck in during the first period.

His return meant Jason Spezza sat after being one of Keefe’s best players in the first four games. But the coach said the 36-year-old Spezza wouldn’t necessarily sit every portion of a back-to-back, citing the Leafs being on the ice six straight days for resting him Saturday.


Tavares had his 400th NHL assist on the Nylander goal … The Marlies are 4-1 under co-coaches A.J. MacLean and Ron Davison, but as Elliotte Friedman reported on Hockey Night In Canada, many unemployed minor pro and former NHL bench bosses would love the gig … In a touching pre-game Hockey Fights Cancer ceremony, young survivor Khanya Solano and her family rang the bell to signify the end of her chemo treatments. The Leafs will auction off their purple warm-up sweaters and sticks … Leaf defenceman Cody Ceci apologized to referee Ian Walsh whom he surprised by hitting about 15 feet away from the net in open ice with a wild third period wrist shot … For the first time since mid-October, the Leafs have gone two games without allowing a power play goal.

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Canadiens Game Day: Keith Kinkaid will start in goal vs. Flyers

Keith Kinkaid will start in goal Saturday afternoon when the Canadiens take on the Philadelphia Flyers at the Bell Centre (3 p.m., SN, RDS, TSN 690 Radio) looking to end a six-game winless streak (0-4-2).

When Canadiens coach Claude Julien met the media at 12:45 p.m. at the Bell Centre he said that Carey Price will start Sunday when they Canadiens play the Bruins in Boston (7 p.m., SN, RDS, TSN 690 Radio).

The Canadiens have allowed 20 goals in their last three games — all losses on home ice — and are coming off a 6-4 loss to the New Jersey Devils Thursday night.

“It’s pretty simple … we got three games in four nights,” Julien said when asked to explain his goaltending decision. “Boston tomorrow gives an opportunity for Carey to get a little bit of rest. He’s played quite a bit. Again, those back-to-back games Carey, to me, has always played well in Boston. So there’s no reason why we don’t give him that rest and we don’t give Kinkaid an opportunity here tonight. So to me it’s a calculated decision on our part and we’re going forward with that.”

The Canadiens have an 11-9-5 record and are in 12th place in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers (14-7-5) are coming off a 6-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings Friday afternoon in Philadelphia and are in third place in the Metropolitan Division.

When asked what his message is to his players as they try to end their six-game winless streak, Julien said: “Same thing as what most coaches would normally say: less is more. Don’t try and do somebody else’s job. Trust the people you’re out there with to do their jobs and once that comes back everything kind of falls into place. Right now everybody wants to win so badly, they see a little mistake they want to cover up right away and sometimes they don’t give that guy a chance to cover his mistake. We just need a little bit of patience and trust and I think if those two things happen I think it’s going to change the outcome of our defensive game a lot.”

This is the second of three games between these teams this season after the Flyers beat the Canadiens 3-2 in overtime on Nov. 7 in Philadelphia. They will wrap up the season series on Jan. 16 in Philadelphia.

Olofsson will make Canadiens debut

Defenceman Gustav Olofsson, called up from the AHL’s Laval Rocket on Friday, will make his Canadiens debut against the Flyers on the third pairing with Cale Fleury.

That means Mike Reilly and Brett Kulak will be the healthy scratches.

In 20 games with the Rocket this season, Olofsson had 0-7-7 totals and was plus-1.

“From what I’ve seen and what I’ve been told, overall he’s been playing well,” Julien said about Olofsson. “He skates the puck, moves the puck well. He’s a guy that has a little bit of experience in this league.”

The Canadiens acquired the 24-year-old Olofsson from the Minnesota Wild on Oct. 3, 2018 in exchange for forward William Bitten. Olofsson played only two games for the Rocket last season before having season-ending shoulder surgery. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder played 56 games with the Wild over three seasons, posting 0-11-11 totals. The Wild selected the Swedish defenceman in the second round (46th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

“The injury last year really set him back,” Julien said. “So now he’s got about 20 games under his belt (in Laval) and seems to be coming around. In the circumstance that we’re in right now, I think it’s a great opportunity to see if he can help us out and bring a dimension to our back end that we can certainly use right now. So we’re going to have a look at him this afternoon and hopefully be able to come out of this with a real good evaluation of him.

Longest slump in two seasons

The Canadiens’ six-game winless streak is their longest season and is one game longer than their longest slump last season, when they went 0-3-2 from Nov. 19-27.

The last time the Canadiens had a six-game winless streak was two seasons ago when they went 0-4-2 from Feb. 8-20. They also had a seven-game winless streak that season, going 0-6-1 from Oct. 7-20. The Canadiens finished 28th in the overall NHL standings that season.

“It’s a long season,” the Canadiens’ Max Domi said Friday morning at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. “It’s how it goes, right? You’re going to go through, obviously, ups and downs throughout a year. We know that there’s no one who wants to win more than the guys in this locker room. So we’re doing everything we possibly can and it’s something we’re going to have to stick together. We’re a real close group and we believe in one another and we believe in each other. Keep doing that, keep working hard and just trust the process here. We just got to get one win and then go from there.”

Sense of urgency

There’s a sense of urgency surrounding the Canadiens heading into the back-to-back games this weekend.

“We have the same urgency for every game,” Domi said Friday. “We want to win every game. It doesn’t matter if it’s October or hopefully in June. That’s our goal. So every game’s the same and you got to elevate your performance and your compete level and all that on a daily basis. All we’re focused on is tomorrow against Philly. We haven’t won a game in a while and we got to win the next game against Philly. That’s all we’re focused on right now.

“We’re a team here,” Domi added. “We’re going to stick together and every guy’s got to pull their weight. Obviously, we can be a lot better for Carey. We know that and he knows that, too. So we got to be better for each other and as a team, I think as a whole, when we’re all going we’re a tough team to play against. That’s all we can control so we got to find ways to get back to that.”

Supporting Price

Kinkaid has been doing his best to support Price during this tough stretch for the No. 1 goalie.

“I think just motivate him,” Kinkaid said Friday morning when asked what he can do to help Price as his backup. “Give friendly competition. Give stick taps on big saves in practice and whatnot. He does that constantly to me. So he’s been great with that … even saves that I think are relatively routine,  you hear him at the other end tapping his stick

“I think it’s just being encouraging,” Kinkaid added. “He knows what to do. He’s a top-notch professional. He’s the best in the game. Everyone goes through this, so it’s nothing we’re going to stress about. We just got to get out of it and sometimes it’s ugly when you get out of it, but you need that ugly game to get over the hump I think.”

Kinkaid was also asked about Price breaking his stick in frustration after giving up the fifth goal in Thursday night’s loss to the Devils.

“That was just maybe a shot he knows he can save,” Kinkaid said. “Right now, like I said, people go through this. Even I know there’s a few shots I should have saved during the season, like the one (game) in Vegas. I let in two shots I knew I should have and we still got the win (5-4 in overtime). It’s just getting back to the basics, focusing on keeping your body in front of the puck and tracking everything. I know (goalie coach Stéphane Waite) worked great with him. He’s been working great with me to help my game, too. So I’m not worried for us at all. We’ve been resilient to start the season and we’ll come out of this.”

Where the Canadiens rank

The Canadiens rank ninth in the NHL in offence, scoring an average of 3.32 goals per game, and 29th in defence, allowing an average of 3.52. They rank 17th on the power play (18. 4 per cent), 30th in penalty-killing (72.7 per cent) and 15th in faceoffs (50.1 per cent).

Tomas Tatar leads the Canadiens in scoring with 7-15-22 totals, followed by Shea Weber (8-12-20), Brendan Gallagher (10-9-29), Phillip Danault (6-12-18) and Domi (6-11-17).

Where the Flyers rank

The Flyers rank 14th in the NHL in offence, scoring an average of 3.00 goals per game, and rank sixth in defence, allowing an average of 2.69. They rank 11th on the power play (20.2 per cent), third in penalty-killing (86.5 per cent) and first in faceoffs (53.9 per cent).

Travis Konecny leads the Flyers in scoring with 8-16-24 totals, followed by Sean Couturier (8-12-20), Jakub Voracek (6-13-19), Claude Giroux (8-10-18) and Oskar Lindblom (10-7-17).

What’s next?

The Canadiens will fly to Boston after Saturday’s game and play the Bruins Sunday night (7 p.m., SN, RDS, TSN 690 Radio).

Next week, the New York Islanders will be at the Bell Centre on Tuesday (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio), followed by the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio) before the Canadiens travel to New York to face the Rangers next Friday (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio).

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