Broussard, QC – The Canadian had just one shot on goal during the first period of his Nov. 25 game against the Kings in Los Angeles, a long run from Mike Matheson.
However, Montreal FC head coach Martin Saint-Louis has no such bad memories of this period.
“I didn’t hate the first half, because we didn’t give many chances either,” St. Louis recalls, on the eve of a second duel against the Kings, Thursday, at the Bell Center, “It depends a little bit on the context. You have to be patient with the Kings. We must not create too many turnovers and we must We are trying to beat 1-3-1.
St. Louis admitted that the level of his team’s performance in this match explains the final score of 4-0 in favor of the Kings.
He hopes the story will be different on Thursday. However, he recognizes the challenge this will present for his young group, especially since the Kings set an NHL record by winning their first 10 road games this season.
“It’s a team that doesn’t shoot itself in the foot, and that comes with experience,” St. Louis said. They are an organized team that finds success on special teams.
“There are not a lot of holes in their style of play or their playing system.”
St. Louis also noted that the Kings are also capable of finding success when they have to open a game, as they did Tuesday night to overcome a 3-0 deficit and beat the Blue Jackets, 4-3, in overtime, in Columbus.
In response to a question about the match that was held in Los Angeles, defender Jonathan Kovacevic admitted that the Canadian players felt some humiliation and that this will serve as an incentive when the two teams meet again in less than two weeks.
He added: “We have faced many good teams this season, but I feel they are the best we have faced.” “We will have to do our best, because this is the only way we have a chance to beat this team.”
“We had two good days of training and focused on how to play against them,” Kovacevic said. I hope we can implement all of this [jeudi]”.
St. Louis noted that his team will have to find a way not just to send the ball behind the opponent’s defense, which is what the Kings are trying to force the opponent to do. He hopes to see his team make quick restarts to prevent the opposition from imposing their approach.
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