CANADIENS (23-18-3) vs Blues (25-15-7)
TV: NHLN-US, TVAS, SN 7:00 p.m.
The Canadiens embark on a two-game road trip, making their first stop in St. Louis where they will take on the Blues Saturday night.
In the Habs’ most recent contest, the Blackhawks jumped out to an early first period lead thanks to Jonathan Toews’ 17th goal of the season. Just over two minutes later however, Paul Byron would convert a feed from David Desharnais to tie the game up at 1-1. Though the Canadiens would go on to pepper Corey Crawford with 40 shots, the Montreal native kept the Habs off the scoresheet, resulting in a 2-1 Blackhawks victory.
On the other side of the ice, the St. Louis Blues suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes on home ice at the Scottrade Center. Thursday night’s starting goaltender Brian Elliot allowed three goals on 24 shots before being pulled in favor of backup Jordan Binnington. On Saturday morning the Blues confirmed that Elliot will be back in goal, while Alexander Steen and Jay Bouwmeester will not be available against the Habs, as the pair are nursing injuries.
Prior to the start of Friday’s practice in Brossard, the Canadiens announced that forwards Sven Adrighetto and Daniel Carr have been assigned to the St. John’s IceCaps, while Jacob de la Rose has been recalled to the NHL. Coach Therrien explained that he intends to use de la Rose’s physical presence on the fourth line. In addition, Therrien also clarified that injured forward Dale Weise is ready to go and will be back in the lineup on Saturday night against the Blues.
As coach Therrien confirmed that Mike Condon will get his third consecutive start on Saturday night in St. Louis, the Habs’ bench boss could turn to Ben Scrivens on Sunday night in Chicago. Condon – who kicked aside 31 shots against the Blackhawks - has yet to face the Blues in his career.
Saturday night’s contest is the last matchup between the two teams this season, after the Canadiens shutout the Blues 3-0 in their first matchup on October 20, 2015.