The Montreal Canadiens faced a tough weekend, not just in terms of losing games, but with injuries to key players like Kaiden Guhle. The hit on Guhle raised questions about the propriety of aggressive play when a team has a significant lead. Despite the clean hit, there are murmurs in the hockey world about whether it violated "The Code." The team also grappled with the loss of defenseman Jordan Harris to injury in the same game. This opens the door for other players like Arber Xhekaj to step up and prove themselves. Furthermore, goaltender Sam Montembeault was recognized for his achievements with the delivery of a championship ring from last year's IIHF world championships.

By the Numbers
  • The St. Louis Blues had 3.22 expected goals, while the Canadiens had 3.15.
  • Jake Allen allowed several goals that he likely should have stopped, raising concerns about his performance.
Yes, But

While the hit on Guhle was clean, there are ongoing discussions about the propriety of such hits when a team is significantly ahead.

State of Play
  • The Canadiens are contending with injuries to key players, putting pressure on the team's depth.
  • Arber Xhekaj has the opportunity to showcase his abilities in the absence of injured players and needs to find a balance between effective physical play and discipline.
  • Goaltender Cayden Primeau is facing challenges but prefers his current NHL environment over a stint in the AHL.
  • Jake Allen's performance raises questions about his future with the team.
  • The passionate fan base in Montreal brings both acclaim and scrutiny to players, which they must learn to navigate.
Bottom Line

The Canadiens are grappling with injuries to key players and facing questions about the performance and future of some members of the team, all while managing the pressure of playing in a passionate hockey city like Montreal.