CANADIENS The Montreal Canadiens are off to a promising start relative to their 2022-23 season. After a last-place finish in the Atlantic Division, Montreal’s young roster is over .500 so far with plenty of tight battles under their belt. Out of 10 games so far this season, the Canadiens have played to overtime or a shootout in five of them – the most in the NHL.
Cole Caufield, Sean Monahan and captain Nick Suzuki lead Martin St. Louis’ roster, Caufield and Monahan are hoping to maintain their health after playing just 71 games combined last season. Caufield is off to an encouraging start, leading the team with 10 points in as many games.
The Canadiens are coming off two straight losses, falling to the Golden Knights via shootout then a 3-2 regulation defeat in Arizona. A familiar face to Blues fans, goaltender Jake Allen notched his 400th career NHL game against the Coyotes early in his fourth season in Montreal. Before his trade to the Canadiens in 2020, Allen played seven years and 289 games with the Blues – No. 2 in franchise goaltender history.
After visiting the Blues, the Canadiens return home to face the Lightning, visit Detroit, then host four in a row at the Bell Centre.
They head to Enterprise Center with a record of 5-3-2, good for 12 points and third in the Atlantic Division.