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Canadiens: Clash against the Sharks at the Bell Centre

Canadiens: Clash against the Sharks at the Bell Centre

RDS and present the matchup between the Sharks and Canadiens this evening, starting at 6:15pm with a Hockey 360 pregame show.

Shark season has been widely documented for all the wrong reasons. San Jose comes to the Bell Center to face the Canadian in the midst of a twelve-game losing streak.

For the Sharks, this is the second such series of the season, following a string of 12 losses at the start of the season. During the recent losing streak, San Jose scored one goal or fewer on eight occasions.

For the Habs, forward Rafael Harvey Benard will play his first game since November 14. He will replace Emil Heinemann in the starting lineup.

“I've missed a lot. I'm not used to being out of the lineup for so long,” the RHP said before the match.

“It feels like my season is starting now, as if it was my first match. I arrived with confidence, of course I want to play my way. I'm not worried about the abuse, it will affect my identity because of work and play. »

This season, Harvey Benard has yet to score a goal. He had four assists in 13 games.

The Sharks rank 32nd and last in the NHL in goals scored per game (1.98), goals allowed (4.10) and penalty kill efficiency (71%).

During their first meeting this season, Montreal won in a shootout on Nov. 24 in San Jose. After this game, the Sharks have managed to rack up six wins in nine games, marking their best streak of the season.

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Game 2 will be played in a very different context for the Sharks, who can already dream of Maclin Celebrini and the No. 1 pick in the next draft.

After being defeated in a shootout in Philadelphia the day before, the Canadiens have few excuses to escape this home game, stealing a point from the home Flyers.

Martin St. Louis' men did not hold a morning training session after returning to Montreal late at night.