Carolina’s defense has been solid so far this season. While the team has been relatively solid all the way around, we saw the defense play really well in the home opener against the Islanders and struggle a little during the game in Smashville. With the knowledge that the Canes can shut down teams, it’s going to be very important to continue Montreal’s offensive struggles.
Montreal is still yet to score more than one goal in a game and was shut out in their last game. It’s an issue they have, converting chances is something they have struggled with so far this season. Their top point producer has a lowly 2 points. Carolina has 8 members of the team with that total, and two with more. Carolina’s top producer has double that amount through half the number of games.
With that said, we know the Canadiens are coming into this game with new lines and a new philosophy with their offensive system. Keeping the Canadiens restricted is going to be important. If the Canes can keep the Habs off the board, then they will automatically walk away with one point, even if the offense does nothing. It’s important for the team to suppress Montreal’s issues.
Montreal has issues, specifically down the middle, when it comes to its production. It’s not their strength. What is, is that the wingers are incredibly talented, they’re very deep. It’s why it’s important to stress that all three defensive units will need to be in full force for the team to succeed. It’s not going to be able to be done by just one person or player.
Tonight, the Canes will face one of their toughest tests of the month of October. With last season’s Stanley Cup finalists being the opponent, the Carolina Hurricanes will need a great defensive performance for tonight’s game at the Bell Center in Montreal. A 7 PM EST puck drop, and above all else, LET’S GO CANES!