Montreal Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme said he has had no chance to exclude players recently, so before Monday’s duel with Edmonton against the Oilers, he rearranged the line-up and put Eli Eric Staal was excluded from the strong lineup.
See Dominique Ducharme’s press conference in the video above.
“In terms of production, we need more producers. Ducharme said in a video conference before the game that Eric was one of them. We helped him in various ways. This is a wealth of experience. ; Sometimes a two-minute meeting is enough for him to understand the news. He knows what is expected of him. We want him to be a stable person.”
However, excluding Staal alone will not restore strength. Since returning from a forced vacation due to COVID-19 at the end of March, the team’s performance in this aspect of the game has been very low, only 6.5%.
Nick Suzuki said: “It is difficult for us to execute and get into the attack zone.” After getting there, we will do a lot of good things. We need to be a holistic cleaner.We should be better [lundi]. »
In the game against the Oilers, CH hopes to get rid of the Ottawa Senator’s 4-0 defeat when it starts five games across Western Canada on Saturday.
Plain offensive inspiration, worse than usual defensive performance, overall weak effort and instability: We have almost no positive gains from the last conflict. Let us remember that the last conflict made CH and the National League (NHL) perform. The worst team duel.
Suzuki said: “I don’t think our self-esteem has been affected.” Ottawa has an excellent team. Several young people tried to prove themselves. All teams in the league can win. Our confidence is still high. “
In the standings of the North Division, Edmonton leads Montreal by seven points while playing one more game than the Swiss.
For the Habu people, the plan to oppose the Oilers is not very scientific: slow down Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. Not surprisingly, McDavid has scored 71 points in 43 games so far, second only to the NHL scorer. He was followed by his longtime accomplice Draisaitl, who scored 63 points in 43 games.
However, the trio of Tomas Tatar and Phillip Danault neutralized them this season. In five games with Montreal, the two players each had only two assists.