Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NHL teams from Canada and the U.S. have been unable to meet. Now an encounter is inevitable. Montreal Canadiens will counter their opponent from the U.S. on Monday night.
Vegas Golden Knights managed to eliminate Colorado Avalanche in a thrilling six-game series. Canadiens had an idle week after dispatching Winnipeg Jets in four games.
Canadiens will on Monday encounter something they have missed this year, 18, 000 hostile fans at T-Mobile Arena. Canada has majorly been under lockdown, and only essential businesses were allowed to open. Contrary, Vegas streets still look usual with blackjack tables and a lot of tourists.
However, Habs knows that they are capable of playing and succeeding. Though the Sin City bookmakers may call Canadiens underdogs, they believe in one another.
Habs injured defencemen Jeff Petry and Jon Merrill are in Vegas along with Jake Evans. It is not yet clear whether Evans will later rejoin the lineup. Evans was laid side after being leveled by Jets center Mark Scheifele in Montreal’s 5-3 victory second-round opener.
Evans is working out to get back to the game in shape, skating, and going to the gym. Habs coach says that he is heading in the right direction. In the playoff season, Evans had one goal. In 47 regular-season games, Evans had 3 goals and 10 assists.
Meanwhile, Canadiens goalie Carey Price’s reliability is valuable during this encounter. He will have to outshine Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, a born and bred Quebecer, who will be against his hometown team.