Per Coach Blashill, Detroit will go with 12 forwards and 6 defensemen tonight.— Ken Kal (@KenKalDRW) October 23, 2021
Breaking: The team that has played 12/6 in every game so far is playing 12/6.
Dominique Ducharme confirme que Sami Niku disputera son premier match avec Montréal, ce soir.— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) October 23, 2021
Dominique Ducharme confirms that defenseman Sami Niku will make his Canadiens debut tonight.#GoHabsGo
Filip Zadina - Dylan Larkin - Lucas Raymond
Robby Fabbri - Pius Suter - Adam Erne
Vladislav Namestnikov - Michael Rasmussen - Givani Smith
Carter Rowney - Mitchell Stephens - Sam Gagner
Danny DeKeyser - Filip Hronek
Nick Leddy - Moritz Seider
Marc Staal - Gustav Lindstrom
Mike Hoffman - Nick Suzuki - Brendan Gallagher
Jonathan Drouin - Christian Dvorak - Josh Anderson
Tyler Toffoli - Mathieu Perrault - Cole Caulfield
Artturi Lehkonen - Jake Evans - Joel Armia
Ben Chiarot - Jeff Petry
Alexander Romanov - David Savard
Sami Niku - Brett Kulak
Keys to the Game
Against the Flames a big part of why Detroit was out of sync was because passes were just a little bit later than players were expecting and they started creeping farther away from each other trying to get up ice. This led to harder passes to complete, less space up the ice, and more space for the counterattacks.
But Don’t Rely on your Sticks so Much
Poking the puck away from a player and then going off to the races is a great way to counterattack a desperate team. It’s also a great way to fail to slow them down at all. There’s nothing wrong with sweep checks, poke checks, and stick lifts, but nothing beats just flat out being in the guy’s way.
Montreal’s gonna get some power plays. Their PP is bad but don’t give it a chance to wake up against us. Strike on the chances you get instead (and hey, maybe score a shorty?)