Tanner Pearson in place of Sean Monahan on the power play

Currently, the Canadiens only have 22 players eligible to play on their roster of 23. Why? Because Brendan Gallagher is suspended and cannot be replaced.

With three goalies, that only leaves 19 skaters available for 18 seats. #UnSeulExtra

Since CH has seven defensemen in town and twelve healthy forwards (Alex Newhook will not return to Washington tomorrow night), our first instinct is to think that all twelve forwards will play tomorrow night. But a formation with eleven attackers and seven defenders is a (very) probable scenario.

If CH goes with 12 attackers, we can think that it is Arber Xhekaj, like in the last game nine days ago, who could suffer and spend time in the stands.

Nothing is confirmed, but he was the seventh defender this morning in training.

Obviously, things can still change. Maybe Martin St-Louis just wants to try things this morning. Without Sean Monahan, there will be an adjustment period.

However, here is a clue that leads us to believe that WiFi could play: it was practiced in the second wave of the power play.

I don’t know about you, but I look at the second wave and tell myself that yes, the end of the Canadian season will be long, as my colleague Maxime Truman pointed out this morning.

But let’s go back to the first wave. Seeing Tanner Pearson there makes me think there’s a chance he’s just there anytime soon. After all, I hope Alex Newhook, when he returns, takes Monahan’s place on the PP.

But at the same time, I tell myself that the CH clearly has Pearson in the window…

Finally, it’s worth noting that Juraj Slafkovsky, whose confidence may have been shaken a bit by Sean Monahan’s departure to Winnipeg, trained on the club’s front line.

Because Michael Pezzetta was used as center on the fourth unit, because Lucas Condotta was on the wing, and because Arber Xhekaj was on a power play spree, it appears to resemble the 11-7 format.

It’s even.

A lot

– The Junior Team Canada file moves forward.

– Oh boy.

– Samuel Montembeault is the player of the month for January. Earlier this season, he was Jake Allen.

– Oh yeah?

– Read.

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