Mathieu Schneider thought Canadiens 1993 Cup would be first of many

Mathieu Schneider thought Canadiens\ 1993 Cup would be first of many
Canadiens vs. Kings: Game thread, rosters, lines, and how to watch
The Montreal Canadiens got a bit of good news ahead of their home opener, as defenceman Shea Weber skated on his own before the teams optional game day skate on Thursday morning.

The Habs captain skated for 10 minutes in full uniform at the teams practice facility in Brossard, three months after having arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.

The Canadiens’ power play wasn’t effective in the second period. Montreal had the man advantage for 5:10 of the final 6:25, but launched only one shot on goal. The question raised by this dismal showing is: Why is Jonathan Drouin on the power play? He tried unsuccessfully to stickhandle through two defenders on one occasion and an attempt to keep the puck in the offensive zone failed when he tripped and fell.

Weber, who was named team captain earlier this month, is expected to be out of the lineup until early to mid-December.

It took two video reviews to preserve Campbell’s shutout. Andrew Shaw knocked a loose puck past the goaltender during the third period, but it was waved off on the ice because the referee ruled Shaw directed the puck with his hand. The replay showed it was a good goal, but L.A. coach John Stevens challenged the play and the goal was wiped out a second time when Shaw was found guilty of goaltender interference.

Jack Campbell makes 40 saves as Kings blank Canadiens

The 34-year-old had 17 goals and 42 points in 78 games in first season in Montreal in 2016-17. He suffered a torn tendon in his foot in the opening game of last season against the Buffalo Sabres but played through it – missing one game on Nov. 9 with a knee ailment – until the Dec. 16 outdoor game in Ottawa, when he realized the situation wasnt improving. He played only 26 games, picking up six goals and 10 assists. 

With three days of practice before this game, the Canadiens were able to work on their power play and the results were evident early in the game. The Canadiens failed to score on their first advantage, but managed to test Campbell with three shots. That gave the Canadiens an early 6-0 edge in shots, but things changed in a hurry when Adrian Kempe came out of the penalty box and scored.

A second-round draft pick by Nashville in 2003, Weber has 189 goals, 312 assists and 620 penalty minutes over 13 seasons.

There might have been some butterflies for the home opener, which was preceded by a salute to the players who won the Canadiens’ last Stanley Cup in the last century. But with his mother among the sellout crowd, the 18-year-old Kotkaniemi displayed all the poise of a grizzled veteran.

Share Share Canadiens vs. Kings: Game thread, rosters, lines, and how to watch tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images Montreal Canadiens vs. Los Angeles Kings How to watch Puck drop: 7:30 PM EDT / 4:30 PM PDTIn the Canadiens region: TSN2, TSN Direct (English), RDS, RDS Direct (French)In the Kings region: Fox Sports WestElsewhere: NHL.tv/Rogers NHL Live

While the rest of the NHL has been putting on a tribute to 1980s offensive hockey, the Canadiens have been tweaking their new-look forechecking game at practice. It will be a confident group that takes the ice tonight, coming off a 5-1 victory (if they can remember back that far), and their solid outing versus the Toronto Maple Leafs to open the season looking even better in hindsight.

Not that Price was bad. It took a perfect shot to beat him for the first goal; Michael Amadio had too much time in the slot on the second goal and Price was screened on Jeff Carter’s third-period goal. Carter also assisted on the first two goals for a three-point night.

Tonight will have a 1990s theme, with the Habs honouring the players from the last Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup. Having won two Cups this decade, the Kings shouldnt feel overly upset about having to watch a celebration of the team that defeated them 25 years ago.

The Canadiens will also get a chance to introduce their new captain, even if fans wont get to see Shea Weber sporting the C in a game situation. Alternates Paul Byron and Brendan Gallagher will continue to lead by example for the time being, and hope to run a season-opening points streak to three games.

Artturi Lehkonen tries to make it past Los Angeles Kings' Derek Forbort to get to puck in front of goaltender Jack Campbell during second- period NHL action in Montreal on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018.  Pierre Obendrauf/Montreal Gazette