Antoine Roussel is back in the Vancouver squad. After missing three matches for an unspecified injury, the French striker replayed Friday night in Montreal. In a region that is dear to him, he who spent his youth in Quebec and lives there in the offseason, he participated nicely in the Canucks’ victory (3-2 ap), recording an assist on his team’s second goal. , inscribed by Adam Gaudette.
The former Dallas player could not, however, prevent the Montrealers from taking their revenge, twenty-four hours later (5-4 after tab), despite the four checks he made.
After this weekend with three points each scored, the race for the play-offs remains completely open between the two teams: Montreal, 4th, still occupies the last jump seat in the North Division with two points ahead of Vancouver.
Colorado still crushes Minnesota
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Colorado continue their comeback in the West Division. For the second time in 48 hours, the Avalanche crushed Minnesota (6-0 after Thursday’s 5-1), which previously remained on five straight wins. Mikko Rantanen scored his 17th goal of the season and Philipp Grubauer (31 saves) signed his 5th shutout.
Bellemare had two charges and won nine face-offs (out of 13), the best total of the game. It is the sixth win in a row for Colorado, which consolidates its second place in the Division standings.
In the Central Division, Columbus, still deprived of Alexandre Texier (Covid protocol), won for the second time in a row on Carolina’s ice, Saturday (3-2 after tab), after having equalized in the last minute of regular time. The Blue Jackets overtake Chicago in the standings and move up to 4th place. Here they are among the potential qualifiers in the play-offs.