Claude Julien made Nick Suzuki the most used striker by the Montreal Canadiens since the start of the season, which somewhat deconstructs the idea that the coach has often had a hard time with younger players.
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“Is it really a reputation? Or did people believe something? I have always worked well with young people, ”replied Julien, when asked about this on Tuesday, by videoconference.
In view of the first game of the season at home, this Thursday against the Calgary Flames, the coach also noted the importance for the club to be successful at the Bell Center.
“It’s a good challenge for us this year to have a good record at home,” he said, visibly dissatisfied with the 14-17-6 record presented by the Habs in Montreal in 2020-2021. .
In front of empty stands
Julien is not worried that there will be no supporters in the stands.
“It won’t be that much different from what we experienced on the road,” he said. We always feel that the fans are behind us. ”
“We embrace the opportunity to help people’s mental health and the opportunity to bring excitement to our fans,” said the coach.
About the next opponents, Julien admitted that the Flames were a very good team.
“As long as there has not been any clashes, it is difficult to know exactly the challenge we will have against them,” said Julien, however, in view of Thursday’s game.