Canadiens ponder lineup variations on brink of elimination

Alexander Romanov played 54 game titles through the typical year for the Montreal Canadiens. Tomas Tatar performed 50 and Jake Evans 47.

In the playoffs, it has been a totally diverse image. Romanov has only gotten into only two video games and Tatar and Evans 5 each and every.

Experiencing elimination at property Monday in Activity 4 of the Stanley Cup Closing versus the Tampa Bay Lightning could possibly ultimately be the impetus for mentor Dominique Ducharme to shake up his lineup and carry in fresh legs.

“Will we make variations? Much too early to notify,” Ducharme mentioned Saturday. “But we’re looking at just about every situation ideal now.”

The circumstance is dire for Montreal soon after a 6-3 loss Friday put them on the brink of finding swept. Of certain concern is the Canadiens’ inability to match the Lightning’s physicality in an effort and hard work to dress in down the defending champions.

Romanov could unquestionably assistance in that department. The 6-foot, 208-pound Russian led the blue line with 138 hits throughout the typical period and confirmed he wasn’t out of location in his playoff cameo when Jeff Petry was wounded.

That is the only opportunity the 21-calendar year-outdated has gotten this postseason, but Ducharme isn’t anxious about stunting Romanov’s progress by not enjoying him consistently now.

“He’s been part of it,” Ducharme stated. “He’s youthful. We even now operate with him. It’s not since he’s not participating in that he’s not studying portion of it. He’s with us.”

On the reverse end of the spectrum is starting off goaltender Carey Value, who has played over 1,219 minutes in the playoffs and has revealed indicators of carrying down. But after saying he and his employees is on the lookout at each predicament, Ducharme said he is not considering in any way starting off backup Jake Allen on Monday.

“Carey’s the man participating in Monday,” he mentioned. “If you marvel or individuals question about who’s likely to be in internet, Carey’s heading to be in web.”

NO EXEMPTION

NHL Deputy Commissioner Monthly bill Daly verified to The Related Push on Saturday that the Canadian governing administration has not granted an exemption for relatives members of Lightning players and staff members to vacation to Montreal for a potential Cup celebration.

That signifies they could acquire a next championship in 11 months devoid of household there to get pleasure from it.

“Much like last yr, we’re secluded, so we’re saved absent from all people,” mentor Jon Cooper explained. “Actually it’ll be similar to previous calendar year if we’re lucky more than enough to earn due to the fact of just the scenario that is gone on, what’s been agreed to.”

Francesca Vangel, spouse of Tampa Bay’s Patrick Maroon, tweeted her stress about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, saying, “How about you let the households of the players cross the boarder (the two groups) and take pleasure in it this calendar year. Just a imagined.”

JOSEPH’S Likelihood

When Nikita Kucherov returned for the Lightning at the commence of the playoffs, anyone had to be the odd guy out. It turned out to be Mathieu Joseph, who performed all 56 standard-period online games.

Joseph is aware of what it’s like to be portion of a Cup operate but not play after performing that in the bubble last yr. When veteran forward Alex Killorn was hurt in Video game 1 of the ultimate, the 24-12 months-old from Laval, Quebec, bought his chance.

Assuming Tampa Bay closes this out, Joseph would be a single of the 52 names on the Stanley Cup.

“It means a large amount,” Joseph said. “Being aspect of that last yr in the bubble was surely exclusive, even although I didn’t engage in. I take into consideration these fellas my spouse and children and currently being section of it and on the bench is various than when you are off the ice, so certainly satisfied to be element of it for the time that I bought so much. It’s definitely some thing that you want to be aspect of and you’ve labored tricky all 12 months for that.”

COOPER’S SHIRT

Above the previous couple of many years, Cooper has taken to honoring bands with the T-shirts he wears for interviews. Saturday was ’90s metal band Deadguy. Of class, it experienced a small excess meaning.

“They acquired their title from a fantastic John Sweet film, ‘Only the lonely,’ Cooper said. ”Do you know what just one of their albums was identified as? Get the job done ethic.”

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