So the Canadiens will play two games in as many nights as they shuffled off from a victory in Toronto last night to visit a new looking Washington Capitals squad.
Fresh off a 4-3 opening night victory, Les Canadiens will get an early season test of endurance.
True to his word, coach Michel Therrien will utilize his backup goaltender in back to back matches, giving Dustin Tokarski his first NHL start as an official backup keeper. There are high hopes placed on the youngster after his excellent playoff performance last year, but many still question the release of Peter Budaj from that role. The franchise is wasting no time putting him to the test, which is a masterful plan.
At the other end of the rink, Braden Holtby gets the start in the crease. He’s had an excellent 5-0 career run against Les Boys.
The Capitals are a much stronger defensive team this year, which is a challenge for the Habs. They will need to adjust their game and also show much needed restraint by staying out of the penalty box.
Washington ranked second in the NHL in the power play last season, and it will most likely be a force to be reckoned with this coming season as well.
It’s a depleted squad for the home team this evening however. Dimitry Orlov, Jay Beagle, Tom Wilson, and Aaron Volpati will all be out of the lineup for the Caps, while the Canadiens should look the same as last night minus Price.
Bournival, Moen, and Tinordi will all be healthy scratches for le Tricolore tonight.
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