The Montreal Canadiens' training camp will continue on Wednesday with a preseason game at the Toronto Maple Leafs in the evening and some of the team's hopefuls should once again get the opportunity to earn points .
Defeated 2-1 by the New Jersey Devils at the Bell Center on Monday, the Habs will be playing their second of eight exhibition games. The players used by head instructor Martin St-Louis trained in Brossard in the morning and then traveled to the Queen City.
Thus, Samuel Montembeault and Kevin Poulin will be the goalkeepers in uniform. Up front, Juraj Slafkovsky will be given another chance, this time in a top line also made up of Rem Pitlick and Joel Armia. Jake Evans will pivot the second row completed by Emil Heineman and Jesse Ylonen. Additionally, Filip Mesar and Owen Beck will be part of the third line. At the back, Corey Schueneman and Chris Wideman will form the first pair. The other duos will be Jordan Harris and Arber Xhekaj, as well as Justin Barron and Otto Leskinen.
When asked about Slafkovsky's presence in the lineup, St-Louis said that his initial plan was quite different. The Slovak will replace Jonathan Drouin, ill.
“If I was in his place, I would like to play as many games as possible, so we are giving him another opportunity. The more he plays, the larger our sample will be, mentioned the pilot in a press briefing. We have an idea of the number of games he will play, but that can change depending on the circumstances. There, we focus on everything he does on the ice, in practices and games. We evaluate him every day.”
Continue to progress
For his part, Barron will also have a second opportunity in a row to show his potential . Although the confrontation will take place outside, the tasks do not change.
“The routine is a bit different, but my mindset remains the same. It's about getting better every day, he said. Overall, I'm very happy with my game. The goal is to build on that day by day and create an increasingly favorable impression as the camp progresses.”
Du side of the Leafs, Auston Matthews will not be in uniform. The best-known names who will face the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge are goalkeeper Matt Murray, defenders Morgan Rielly, Mark Giordano, Victor Mete and Jordie Benn, as well as forwards William Nylander and Alexander Kerfoot.
After this duel, the CH will host the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.
- In addition, Josh Anderson put on the skates in the morning. Bothered by an upper body injury, his case is assessed daily.