Canadiens back home to face concerned Kings

Canadiens back home to face concerned Kings

The Los Angeles Kings will bring their longest scoreless streak of the season into their matchup at the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.The Kings were shut out for the first time this season on Thursday, losing 5-0 on the road against the Toronto Maple Leafs.They haven’t scored in the past four periods overall.”I’m actually quite disappointed because we haven’t used words like light or slow in a long, long time with our team,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said. “Yeah, we’ve had some bad nights where we’ve made mistakes, but (Thursday) was uncharacteristic of ours and it’s a little bit concerning.”Los Angeles started the six-game road trip with an offensive outburst, scoring four goals in the first period against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday, which was more than enough to cruise to a 5-2 win.But the offense has stalled ever since, in a trend that has become worrisome for McLellan.”If the mental part is not there, there is no way the physical part is going to be there,” McLellan said. “I thought we were light and slow in the first period (against Toronto), we didn’t win any races, and then when we did even come close to winning any of them, we were real light with our sticks, real light with body position, and it just kept going all night.”The Canadiens haven’t played since Tuesday, when they wrapped up a four-game road trip with a 4-2 win against the Seattle Kraken.Montreal started the trip on a high note, beating the Calgary Flames 2-1, but hit a bump in the middle with back-to-back losses to the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks in which they gave up 11 goals in regulation, The Canadiens capped the trip with an impressive win against the Kraken.”There’s a progression in how we want to play as a team,” Montreal coach Martin St. Louis said. “Teaching the brand and teaching to win are two different things and you can’t really address it at once, you need circumstances and scenarios, examples and you gradually get better at winning.”The Canadiens will likely come back with Jake Allen in goal against the Kings.

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