It was a shocking game as the Habs took down one of the top teams in the league and it was by some of the Habs least expected players. Evgenii Dadonov scored two goals and Mike Hoffman added one. Both players have been journeymen for the Habs all season but have shown they still have some elite scoring talent. Josh Anderson scored the final goal for the Habs while Sam Montembelt was strong in net, allowing just one goal on 26 shots.
Kirby Dutch Habs GM Kent Hughes noted Wednesday that Kirby Dach is a center. Hopefully the Habs keep Dutch in that position for the rest of the season and give him every opportunity to succeed. Playing over Dutch with Caulfield and Suzuki has created offense but it hasn’t helped Dutch develop as a centerman at all.
Evgeny Dadonov It was quite a game to see Dadonov score two goals. The injury left the Habs with no choice but to play the veteran forward who had scored just two goals in his previous 35 games. If Dadonov takes advantage of the extra ice time in the next month or so, the Habs may be able to move him for a late round draft pick.
Justin Barron Barron played one of his best games as a member of the Habs, and he played against his brother and in front of his parents in the stands. It’s taken some time, but Barron has shown he can be a playmaking defenseman, and the Habs are starting to see his talent.
The key to victory
First score The Habs showed why scoring first is big in the NHL, and the Habs need to do something more consistent.
play hard The Panthers are a very scrappy team who will take advantage of soft plays; Habs don’t give up easily and can be very difficult to play against.
Panthers’ defense attacks The Panthers defense is not one of their strengths while they have some great players overall they are slow and can be beat with stiff forechecks and quick decision making.
Statistical matchups for Game 46
Bell Centre, Montreal, QC | January 19, 7:00 PM ET | TV: TSN2, RDS, ESPN+, BSFL
Pre game quotes
“When I look at our team, there’s a balance to be found. It’s about finding a balance between developing our players and wanting to win.”
Projected Forwards, Defensemen and Goaltenders (Subject to Change)
The Habs are starting to play some of the strongest hockey of late as heavy underdogs. Although it is currently hurting their draft position there is still a lot of hockey left. The Panthers are just a few points out of a wildcard position and should do their best to make the playoffs but have not moved up in the standings over the past two months. With only 36 games left on the schedule, a loss against a non-playoff team may not be an option if they want to make the playoffs.
The Habs are back with their throwback jerseys that didn’t win back to back seasons, will they break the curse tonight?