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CH special unit combinations unveiled

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The Montreal Canadiens were back in training today on day three of training camp. Montreal Canadiens latest acquisition Corey Perry jumped on the ice for the first time at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. He was absent yesterday as he was finishing his quarantine. Here are the trios and duets of defencemen with the addition of Perry:

Group A

TatarDanault Gallagher
DrouinSuzuki Anderson
ToffoliKotkaniemi Armia
ByronEvansLehkonen
Frolik Poehling Perry
  • The trios remained intact, except for Jordan Weal who lost his regular spot to Corey Perry.
  • But it’s not a given for Perry as he’s not yet in the fourth trio. That means he won’t be granted special treatment and will have to prove he deserves his place in the starting line-up with the Canadiens.
ChiarotWeber
Edmundson Petry
KulakRomanov
OuelletMete
  • The duos of defencemen remained intact.
Price
Allen
McNiven
  • For the second day in a row, McNiven is in Group A. Does this mean he will be part of the « Taxi Squad »? To be continued…

The special units also did some drills before the session. Here are the first and second combinations of the power play:

DrouinSuzuki Toffoli
WeberPetry
TatarGallagherKotkaniemiAnderson/Perry
RomanovMete
  • I like Claude Julien’s combination, but I’m having a hard time with the fact that Mete is deployed on the second power play unit. He hasn’t proven anything offensively yet. I’d rather opt for four forwards and one defenceman (Romanov).

Group B jumped on the ice at 1:00 pm. Lukas Vejdemo is expected to be back with the group after missing Monday’s practice.

Group B

VejdemoDauphin Weal
TeasdaleLynchBelzile
BaddockBlandisiLucchini
OlofssonJuulsen
LeskinenFleury
LindgrenPrimeauDemchenko

As my colleague Richer Cloutier said yesterday, the players mentioned above will not be part of the line-up on January 13th unless someone is injured.

translated by Michel-Alexandre Broekaert

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