Remember the somewhat disorganized squad that the Canadiens faced three times in a row two weeks ago in Vancouver? You may not recognize her on Monday night.
The Canucks, who face the CH Monday and Tuesday at the Bell Center, have looked much better since the Habs passed through British Columbia. The Montrealers had amassed five points out of a possible six, and had scored 17 goals in the process!
Since then, the Canucks have won four games by a combined score of 20-4. Some would say they just wiped their feet on the Ottawa Senators (three of four games were against them), but the Vancouverites also delivered a strong performance against the Winnipeg Jets, winning 4-1 and winning the limiting to 24 shots.
“Our team game is just better, our structure is more solid,” said Travis Green, Canucks head coach, after the team’s morning practice. We didn’t have any preparatory matches, we had new players to integrate. Our last four games have been better. It looks like the vision we had for our team. ”
From a Montreal point of view, the argument from new players seems rather marginal, since the Canadian has not suffered from the addition of new faces. The Canucks still have four new faces among impact players: forward Nils Hoglander, defensemen Nate Schmidt and Travis Hamonic (injured) and goaltender Braden Holtby.
“You shouldn’t make too many mistakes,” added striker Antoine Roussel. We did a lot in games against the Canadiens, we allowed breakaways, extra numbers when we were on the power play. ”
The Habs had effectively scored two man-short goals in the series against the Canucks, both in the 7-3 win on Jan.21.
Holtby will defend the Canucks’ net. The former Capitals has allowed nine goals in two starts against the Habs this season, but still won one of the two games.
Roussel, a heavy heart
Antoine Roussel will play for his part despite a mourning that he has had to do since Friday.
It is because Christian Daigle, who died Friday at the age of 42, was his agent.
On Friday evening, Roussel posted a moving message on Twitter. “It is with great sadness and my eyes in the water that I say goodbye to you,” he wrote, a few hours after the news of Daigle’s death had been made public.
Roussel was very emotional when he was asked about Christian Daigle on Monday noon. “Of course, Christian has had a huge impact on my career. It was hard… ”replied Roussel.
His testimony is in addition to that of Senators striker Cédric Paquette, delivered Sunday noon, at a press briefing.
“Over the years, Christian has become my friend. I don’t know if all the players have a relationship like that, with their agent. I was my friend, ”Paquette had said, comments reported by The right.
Christian Daigle has accompanied Antoine Roussel in his atypical journey for about fifteen years. Born in France, never drafted into the QMJHL or the NHL, Roussel was even thinking of pursuing his career at McGill University after his junior career.
Roussel eventually made his way into the American League, before settling full-time in the NHL in the 2013 shortened season. He will play on Monday 531.e game of that unlikely NHL career.