The Montreal Canadiens are heading into Tuesday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in fifth residence in the Atlantic Division with a extremely median 2-1-2 record. With seven games onward before they close out the month, including four at home, will October be shocking or sugared? The Habs end the month with a final game on All Hallows’ Eve in Sin City against the Vegas Golden Knights.

The Tricks

Keith Kinkaid Needs to Prove Himself

Goaltender Keith Kinkaid manufactured his first start of the year last week, granting five objectives on 39 shoots in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres. One tournament does not realize or burst a goalie, but he will have to be better this season than his 3.36 goals-against average( GAA) in 2018 -1 9 to see much playing epoch behind starter Carey Price. It looks like he will have at least two more starts in October to shake off the skeletons in his closet.

Coach Julien Shaking Up the Lines

The Canadiens are getting a bit tricky with their lineup changes in preparation for their game against the Lightning’s. Nick Suzuki has impressed head coach Claude Julien enough to move up to the second line, swapping blots on right wing with Jordan Weal. On defense, Brett Kulak will move to the second pairing with Jeff Petry. Ben Chiarot and Christian Folin will pair up on the third line, leaving Mike Reilly and Cale Fleury as healthy blemishes for Tuesday’s game.

Montreal Canadiens Brett Kulak Toronto Maple Leafs John TavaresMontreal Canadiens defenseman Brett Kulak has moved to the second pairing with Jeff Petry.( THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Christopher Katsarov)

The Treat

Canadiens Beat Defending Stanley Cup Champions

The Canadiens entrust the fight Stanley Cup advocates their first regulation loss of the season on Saturday night, with contributions from Brendan Gallagher, Phillip Danault, Tomas Tatar, Jonathan Drouin and Max Domi. They deserved their their first regulation winning, 4-2.

Gallagher Doing His Job

For the Canadiens to achieve the success they are hoping for, they are going to have to call on Gallagher to do what he does best : grind, disrupt, and own the groove. Only five tournaments in, he is ready to lead by example and facilitate delivering the Habs to the postseason.

Drouin Leads Habs with Career-Best Start

It’s a great feeling to be celebrated by your teammates. On Saturday night, Drouin was chosen as the inaugural’ win of the sword’, as actor of the game. Captain Shea Weber superseded last season’s’ Game of Thrones Cape’ with a glistening brand-new’ Conan the Barbarian Sword’.

“I love it, ” Nate Thompson said about the sword. “It’s Conan the Barbarian style, so it’s good. It’s a good celebratory sword. It represents earning more enjoyable when a chap can pick another person from the office who had a good sport. It doesn’t definitely need to be a guy who had three goals that night. It could be a guy who had six blocked hits and was a warrior out there. I think it’s a good thing to have and it manufactures earning that much more fun .”

Who will step up to receive the prestigious sword from Drouin on Tuesday night?

Jonathan Drouin, Victor Mete, Phillip Danault,Montreal Canadiens’ Jonathan Drouin celebrates with teammates Victor Mete and Phillip Danault( THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Graham Hughes)

The Haunting Truth

As Halloween nears, what the hell is the 2019 -2 0 Canadiens be dishing out? If they just wanted to obligate the playoffs, it’s time to stop living in the darks and start shaking off the ghosts of actors past. They have the ability to write their own story this season and realise the Bell Centre haunt every other team that enters.

The post Montreal Canadiens- Will October Be Full of Tricks or Treats ? appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

Read more: