Habs made easy work of the Winnipeg Jets, a streak you’d know as a one-hit one hit and one off. The confinement stifled aircraft that had no answer, and a story from the first round was brought back. Tyler Toffoli is back at regular season level with eight points in his last six games. Canadians have some injury concerns, the biggest being Jeff Petrie, who is dealing with a hand injury. Habs depth will be tested early against one of the biggest and deepest teams in the league.
Last game: MTL 3 WPG 2 | The Canadians win the set 4-0
Josh Anderson The Habs will need Anderson to play his best hockey game of his career. There were flashes but very little abusive production during qualifying. Anderson must be a wrecking ball and have Knights in his sights on every shift.
Nick Suzuki There are many storylines but none greater than Suzuki vs. Max Priority. The former Habs captain was a dynamic for the Golden Knights. This is the Suzuki series to prove that he can be the first man. We saw incredible confidence from him in the second round and he will be even more excited this round. Suzuki said he wants to prove that Habs is a good fit to trade for him.
The breakout price is here and didn’t give up anything easy in the first two series. This will be a series with a lot of pure frontal battles that Price will have to fight. The Golden Knights are loaded and deep, so the Hab will need all players on board this series to end the crisis, but they will need Bryce to be their best player again.
keys to victory
Statistical matching of the third round, the first game
T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada | June 14, 9:00 PM ET | Television: CBC, SN, TVAS, NBCSN
2020-21 playoff stats
GF / G
GA / G
“You have to take every moment like it’s the biggest part of your life and I think that’s how we’re going to go into this series.”
Predicted attackers, defense and goalkeepers (subject to change)
Passionate – Stevenson – Stone Marchesault – Carlson – Smith Janmark – Roy – Touch Carrier – Kolesar – Reaves
Record: 8-4 GAA: 1.91 Sv%: .923 And therefore: 1 alternative: Robin Lehner
Record: 8-3 GAA: 1.97 Sv%: .935 And therefore: 1 alternative: Jake Allen
The essence of Habs is a mixture of old and young. They all played tough minutes and got messed up, so the time between streak to rest and get ready should have helped. The Knights will come out trying to bully the Hab outside the building. The Hab will be ready for pure frontal battles on both sides. The Habs’ top three defensemen have to deal with the wings of large knights who can get away with it. The Hab looks stronger in the middle of the ice and will have to take advantage of that but its depth is about to be tested.
No matter what happens, the Habs have to play their game. Frustrate the knights, make it a tight-knit check-and-score game where one mistake can be the difference maker.