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Timo Meier Makes Debut Against Canadiens

Overview

Timo Meier is slated to make his NHL debut tonight as the San Jose Sharks take on the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Center.

Meier, who was drafted ninth overall by the Sharks in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, has 15 points in 17 games with the San Jose Barracuda of the AHL. He also went to the Memorial Cup Finals two years ago with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.

Logan Couture is also set to play in Montreal after taking a cross check to the head from Ottawa Senators forward Mike Hoffman on Wednesday. Joel Ward and Matt Nieto, however, are healthy scratches for the contest.

This is the second and final matchup of the season between the Sharks and the Canadiens, barring a Stanley Cup Finals appearance. Martin Jones out-dueled Carey Price for a 2-1 San Jose victory in their first game together two weeks ago.

Montreal will be without the likes of Alex Galchenyuk, David Desharnais, and Charles Hudon tonight. All three are injured.

The Canadiens, though, are still riding high in the standings, and Price—with his .940 save percentage and 1.8 goals-against average—is still the front runner for the Vezina Trophy.

This Montreal team is still competitive.

Comparison

San Jose Montreal Advantage
18-11-1 (37 points) Record 12-6-4 (42 points) Montreal
1st in Pacific Div. Standing 1st in Atlantic N/A
7-3-0 Last 10 Games 5-3-2 San Jose
16.7% (16/96) Power Play 20.4% (19/93) Montreal
81.0% (64/79) Penalty Kill 81.9% (86/105) Montreal
75 Goals For 92 Montreal
66 Goals Against 64 Montreal
+9 Goal Differential +28 Montreal

Projected Lineups

San Jose Sharks

Marleau – Thornton – Pavelski

Boedker – Couture – Labanc

Meier – Tierney – Donskoi

Wingels – Haley – Karlsson

Vlasic – Braun

Martin – Burns

Dillon – Schlemko

Jones

Dell

Montreal Canadiens

Pacioretty – Plekanec – Radulov

Lehkonen – Danault – Shaw

Byron – Mitchell – Gallagher

Carr – Flynn – McCarron

Emelin – Weber

Markov – Petry

Beaulieu – Redmond

Price

Montoya

About Drew Weber

Drew Weber is a lover of hockey and abuser of analytics. Prior to joining Pucknology, he covered the San Jose Sharks and Team USA for The Hockey Writers and contributed briefly to Fear the Fin. You can follow him on Twitter at @puck_over_glass.

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