MONTREAL -- In today’s notebook, Nokelainen scouts the Coyotes, Martin lets it ride and Cammalleri talks posts.
Phoenix rising: Having spent parts of two seasons in Phoenix, new Habs forward Petteri Nokelainen likely knows better than anyone what to expect from his former team on Thursday night. But when it comes to doling out insider info on how to beat Coyotes netminder Mike Smith, the penalty killing specialist isn’t expecting to be called on as a sniping consultant.
“I’m probably not the right guy to help out with that,” joked Nokelainen, who had one goal and two assists in 22 career games with the ‘Yotes. “Like with any goalie, we just have to get more traffic in front of the net. Mike Smith is a big factor for them but at the same time, they’re playing a good team game. They rely on hard work and strong back checking and that’s what they’ve been doing the last three years.”
Sticking to the plan: Despite outshooting the Oilers 29-14 on Tuesday night, the Canadiens still came out on the losing end of a 3-1 result. Pulling on the positives from the outing, the only change Jacques Martin is hoping to see from his lines is a little more finish.
“If you look at the game yesterday, Cammalleri hit two posts and he finished with four or five scoring chances. Cole had three or four good chances, too,” explained Martin, who will have another forward to potentially slot in following Aaron Palushaj’s call-up from Hamilton. “We played well and had our chances; the puck just didn’t go in.”
Forward thinking: After striking iron against the Oilers after already hitting two posts in New York on Saturday night, Cammalleri is doing his part to ensure pucks start moving a half an inch in the right direction.
“I hit a few posts. I’m looking forward to watching the game, but I thought we created a bunch of good chances and that’s probably a good sign, but there’s always more you can do,” offered Cammallleri, who has three goals and seven points in 11 games this season. “Generally, when you’re getting those kinds of quality chances it’s a matter of time before they start going in frequently. For me, it’s been a little bit of a slow start as far as production. A few different things affect production, but I feel completely confident about my game so I know it’s just a matter of time before things get rolling production-wise.”
Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com.
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