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.
|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|
San Jose Sharks
Marleau – Thornton – Pavelski
Boedker – Couture – Labanc
Meier – Tierney – Donskoi
Wingels – Haley – Karlsson
Vlasic – Braun
Martin – Burns
Dillon – Schlemko
Pacioretty – Plekanec – Radulov
Lehkonen – Danault – Shaw
Byron – Mitchell – Gallagher
Carr – Flynn – McCarron
Emelin – Weber
Markov – Petry
Beaulieu – Redmond