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, but here they are heading into their game at Bell Centre on Monday, fighting for the second wild-card position in the Eastern Conference at the quarter point of the NHL season.Not much was expected of the Canadiens after they finished 14th in the Eastern Conference last season, made drastic changes to their lineup and are missing top defensemen Shea Weber (offseason foot surgery) to start the season. With a record of 11-6-3 and coming off a Western Canada road trip in which they won four of six points, the Canadiens are one of the early pleasant surprises of the season.The Washington Capitals, on the other hand, are coming off the first Stanley Cup in franchise history and have gotten off to a slow start under coach Todd Reirden, who replaced Barry Trotz Jeff Skinner Jersey Womens
, with a record of 9-7-3.Article continues below ...The Capitals are wrapping up a four-game road trip and are 2-1 in the first three games. The Capitals don’t have good memories of their last visit to Montreal on Nov. 1. They were up 4-3 with four minutes to go in the game and lost in regulation.The Capitals are without No. 1 goaltender Braden Holtby, who was injured Wednesday (upper body) while preparing to play the Winnipeg Jets that night. Holtby skated in Montreal on Sunday, but his status for Monday is not known. Pheonix Copley, the 26-year-old native of North Pole, AK, has stepped in and done a good job: He’s given up two goals a game in each of his past four starts and is 3-1-0.“Holtby was back on the ice today, which was good to see John Tavares Jersey
,”Washington coach Todd Reirden told the team’s website after the Capitals practiced Sunday. “So we’ll continue to evaluate that, even later (Sunday) afternoon.“It was good,” Holtby told Washingtoncapitals.com. “Obviously it was nice to be back out on the ice and start feeling some shots and work some things out. It felt good.”Capitals key forwards Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie were both injured against Winnipeg and missed Washington’s 3-2 overtime win against the Colorado Avalanche on Friday. They are day-to-day with upper-body injuries.The Canadiens lost the first game of their road trip in Edmonton to the Oilers and bounced back with wins against the Calgary Flames and the Vancouver Canucks.After failing to score on the power play in their previous four games, the Canadiens got the winner with the man advantage from Jonathan Drouin. Goaltender Carey Price, after a rocky stretch in which he went 1-3-1 with an .854 save percentage and did not start the road trip in Edmonton, bounced back with 43 saves against Calgary and 35 against Vancouver.“A big character win for us to come back,” Price told NHL.com. “It’s good to get a couple bounce-back games after Edmonton and make it a successful road trip.”“We all knew he hadn’t been playing his best when we gave him that little bit of a break Authentic Jordan Eberle Jersey
, but now he’s back to being Carey, that’s the difference,” Canadiens coach Claude Julien told NHL.com. “He’s calm, he’s making saves. Sometimes a little step backwards and time to refocus is not a bad thing. These goalies play under pressure every game.”Canadiens forward Tomas Tatar, who came to the team as part of one of those big trades that sent captain Max Pacioretty to the Vegas Golden Knights, scored his sixth goal in his past six games Saturday against the Canucks.Forward Max Domi, obtained from the Phoenix Coyotes for forward Alex Galchenyuk Womens Josh Bailey Jersey
, is riding a nine-game point streak in which he has 13 points (five goals, eight assists). WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Winnipeg Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey was suspended for one game by the NHL on Wednesday for cross-checking Minnesota Wild forward Eric Staal.The cross-check to Staal’s neck happened in the first period of Winnipeg’s 2-0 victory Tuesday night. Morrissey had a hearing with the league’s department of player safety Wednesday. No penalty was called on Morrissey, and Staal finished the game.”While we acknowledge Morrissey’s argument that this is not an intentional cross-check to the neck meant to harm or injure an opponent, this also is not a routine motion to box out an opponent,” the NHL said in a video explaining the penalty.”Staal is in Morrissey’s field of vision. There is no ongoing battle between the players. Morrissey is in control of this play and initiates contact. In doing so, Morrissey raises his stick substantially to a level above shoulder height at contact. ”This is a reckless strike to an opponent’s neck with sufficient force to merit supplemental discipline.”The Jets lead the best-of-seven series 3-1. Game 5 is Friday night in Winnipeg.”Well Mathew Barzal Jersey
, it’s warranted,” Minnesota coach Bruce Bourdreu said. ”I’m not up here trying gamesmanship to get the league to call extra stuff. It is what it is though. It was a vicious cross-check to the face.”Morrissey has one assist through four playoff games. He had seven goals and 19 assists in 81 regular-season games.