The Canucks continue its five-game northeastern road trip in Montreal tonight against the Canadiens. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:38 EST.
It hasn’t been the best start for Vancouver, but the Canucks are starting to piece things together. Vancouver is 4-6-3 on the young season. The Canucks are led in scoring by Bo Horvat who is now up to 12 goals on the season after a two-goal effort last night. Elias Pettersson is also continuing his strong start as he leads the team in points with 17. The Nucks also have four other skaters in double-digit points including Horvat with 16 and J.T. Miller with 13. Spencer Martin was in net last night and has been the better goaltender between him and Thatcher Demko this season. Martin is 3-0-1 with a 3.45 goals against average and a .900 save percentage. Vancouver will get a boost to its offense tonight as Brock Boeser will return after missing six games due to a hand injury.
The Canadiens are exceeding expectations early as Montreal is 6-6-1 in its first 13 games. Unfortunately for the Canadiens, the East is so good that 13 points gets you seventh in the Atlantic Division. Montreal is led by Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield who have tallied eight goals each thus far. The next highest goal scorers on Montreal has three goals. Suzuki and Caufield also find themselves atop the team’s point leaderboard with 15 and 14 points respectively. Kirby Dach is the only other Canadien with double-digit points (10). After early-season struggles, Jake Allen has responded well in net. San Montembeault has been a solid number two option so far as he has notched a 2.47 GAA and a .928 SV% in four games.
The Canucks took both games from the Canadiens in regulation last season. There is a bit of a surprise in tonight’s starting goaltender matchup. Vancouver has announced it is turning back to Martin tonight after he played last night in Ottawa. Montreal has not announced its starter yet, but logic says that it will be Montembeault after Allen started in Detroit last night.