Tyler Toffoli, Jeff Petry and Joel Armia are among the many Habs not expected to face the defending Stanley Cup champions.
The 2021 Stanley Cup Finals feels like it’s been a lifetime ago, doesn’t it? It’s hard to imagine, given everything that’s happened since then, that this past June / July, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens were battling for hockey supremacy.
The Montreal Canadiens team will face the defending Cup champions at the Bell Center on Tuesday at 7pm. (TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM) he’s a long way from last summer’s team. In addition to the players who left in the offseason, the Habs will also not have the following: Brendan Gallagher, Tyler Toffoli, Josh Anderson, Jeff Petry, Sami Niku and Joel Armia. That is in addition to Carey Price, Shea Weber, Joel Edmundson and Paul Byron, who have yet to don their suits this season.
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Mattias Norlinder will not play: he was sent to AHL’s Laval Rocket, but apparently no longer has to return to Sweden. Kale Clague will make his Montreal debut after being picked up on waivers. The Habs also called up defender Corey Schueneman.
Jake Allen will start.