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Canadiens face stumbling Hawks in Chicago

Canadiens defenceman Shea Weber, seen crunching Blackhawks' Alex DeBrincat along the boards Sunday night, has averaged 26:26 of ice time a game this season, the fourth heaviest workload in the NHL.


Canadiens defenceman Shea Weber, seen crunching Blackhawks’ Alex DeBrincat along the boards Sunday night, has averaged 26:26 of ice time a game this season, the fourth heaviest workload in the NHL.


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Wasn’t Saturday night weird without Canadiens hockey?

Let’s hope we all survived the deprivation. And let’s hope we’re ready for more weirdness: 6 p.m. hockey.

Thank you, NHL, for ruining the Sunday dinner of Canadiens fans.

It will be worth it if the team extends its winning streak at the United Center.

The Hawks will be hungry. Chicago has lost six straight and currently sits dead last in the Western Conference.

How can a team with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane be so bad?

In a word: Defence.

Chicago has allowed 112 goals this season – 30 more than Kane, Toews et al have scored. It’d the worst differential in the league.

The Canadiens have scored one more goal than they’ve allowed – 93-92. Since the return of Shea Weber, the Canadiens have played tighter D in front of a more Priceian Carey Price, whose GAA is finally below 3.00.

And Claude Julien has concocted a fourth line vaguely reminiscent of the Gregory Campbell-Daniel Paille-Shawn Thornton unit he had in Boston.

Kenny Agostino, Michael Chaput and Nicolas Deslauriers were flat-out spectacular against Ottawa in the 5-2 win Thursday night. They skate, they hit and they spent whole shifts in the Senators’ zone.

Puck drops 6:10ish.

Check back later for live game blogging.

 

 

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