Tonight, the Montreal Canadiens will face the Maple Leafs on the Toronto side. This will be the opportunity for the Montrealers to win the intra-season series against the Torontonians, while the CH have won two of the three games between the two teams so far in 2021-22.
However, it is also today that Auston Matthews is honored on the side of Toronto. The American broke the record for the most goals in a season (he is now at 56 goals) in the history of the Maple Leafs, and for the occasion, Rick Vaive (the former record keeper) is on hand to congratulate him.
The two men notably crossed paths this morning.
Currently, Matthews has 56 goals in 66 games this season, a pretty impressive tally. However, when we look a little at the numbers, we notice that the #34 has scored 49 goals in his last 49 games.
So, if he finds the back of the net tonight, Matthews will be at 50 goals in 50 games. It’s not exactly the “50 in 50 club” given that its streak did not begin at the very beginning of the season, but the fact remains that to roll at an average of one goal per game for 50 games, it’s a feat worth mentioning.
Richard Labbé spoke about it precisely in his paper of the day.
Live from Toronto, these nuggets of information, just for you, on the Canadian, Petry, Pezzetta, and life, in general: https://t.co/xYgLPppEsm
— Richard Labbe (@Richardlabbe) April 9, 2022
Thus, the Canadian will have a heavy task tonight: that of curbing Matthews, who is simply dominant these days. He’s found the back of the net at least once in 13 of his last 15 games (including four multi-goal games). That’s a lot of goals.
Jake Allen and the Canadiens’ defense will therefore have to make sure to keep an eye on him. He doesn’t need a lot of time or space to score: a single fraction of a second is enough for him to move the strings.
Obviously, as a supporter of the CH, I hope that will not happen, but if Matthews were to score tonight, it will be impossible for me not to recognize the immense talent of the player.
Note however that if ever he does not score tonight, he could also achieve the feat if he scores two goals in his next game.
In short, we will know during the evening if Matthews will be able to accomplish another feat. He is probably the best scorer in the world right now and it would be well deserved, right?
A lot of
– Toronto native Michael Pezzetta was hoping to take part in tonight’s game when he was recalled by the CH at the start of the season. Fortunately for him, he will be in training tonight.
— Montreal Canadiens (@CanadiensMTL) April 9, 2022
– Speaking of Leaves.
Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Matthew Knies is back in Minnesota. He is expected to join the Leafs in the next 24-48 hours. No decision has been made on next season, although the meaning is that he is leaning towards staying in school. To be determined.
-Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) April 9, 2022
– Owen Power has arrived in Buffalo.
Owen has landed‼️
— Buffalo Sabers (@BuffaloSabres) April 9, 2022
– Expect it to be done before the end of the CH season.
With an abundance of defenders on the #Habsthe decision to be made is to send Corey Schueneman to the Rocket since he is eligible, and to send Terrence Amorosa to the Lions, who needs another ECHL regular season game to be eligible for the ECHL playoffs.
– Andrew Zadarski (@AZadarski) April 9, 2022
– One to watch, as the Rocket take on the Comets this afternoon. It was also the Comets who taunted Cole Caufield via Twitter earlier this season.
Danick Martel had been particularly virulent after the match.
“Their coach on the other side didn’t respect the game. It was disrespectful towards us and the referees. We’re not going to be intimidated like that. We don’t accept being disrespected.”
—Anthony Marcotte (@anthonymarcotte) April 9, 2022