Montreal Canadiens fans will finally be able to see Cole caufield in action in the NHL.
Interim coach Dominique Ducharme has confirmed that the young forward will be included in the Habs lineup on Monday night against the Calgary Flames (6:30 p.m. ET; SNW, TSN2, RDS, NHL.TV). It will evolve to the right of Tomas Tatar and of Phillip danault, and Ducharme also made it clear that we were going to see Caufield on the power play.
Forwards Jonathan Drouin (illness) and Paul Byron (lower body) will be absent.
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The pilot knows full well that expectations will be very high for the 20-year-old American, who has just had a spectacular season in the NCAA, notably winning the Hobey-Baker Trophy as the best player on the varsity circuit thanks to his harvest of 52 points in 31 games with the University of Wisconsin.
« He is a young player who will take his first steps in the NHL, » Ducharme qualified.
“We’re happy to include him in the lineup, but our success comes from the 20 players in the locker room, and not just Cole. »
If the success of the team does not rest solely on the shoulders of Caufield, we obviously want his presence in the training to spark a spark in the attack at the Habs. With just 20 goals in their last 11 games (3-8-0), the Canadiens are now just four points ahead of the Flames, who defeated them on Friday and Saturday, in fourth and last place giving access to the playoffs. Stanley Cup playoffs in the Scotia North section.
Monday’s duel, the last of the season between the two teams, is therefore of great importance for the standings, even if we sought to minimize the impact of the two consecutive losses suffered against Calgary after the setback on Saturday.
« There is no sense of urgency, » reacted the defender Jeff petry. “If we win the next game, they’ll be six points behind us. We still have our destiny in our hands. «