Canadians: quite an “exciting” race for the basement

Some Montreal Canadiens fans prefer to hold on to the few bright spots from the team’s miserable season, and among those, the increased odds of picking the best player in the next Entry Draft will be a hot topic this week.

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With two more conceded defeats last weekend, the Habs occupy the driver’s seat in the “race” for the bottom of the overall standings. He has just two games left, one fewer than his only rivals, the Arizona Coyotes. And not to finish at 32and National Hockey League (NHL) rank in 2021-2022 Montreal team must score at least one point; That will do, provided head coach André Tourigny’s men lose all of their planned meetings on a difficult schedule.

Currently, the two clubs have 51 points on the clock, but Arizona sits ahead of Montreal thanks to the highest total in regulation time. The Canadian’s task of escaping the last level promises to be difficult: he has to visit the New York Rangers on Wednesday and host the Florida Panthers on Friday.

However, it will be necessary to see if these two rivals decide to put key elements aside. The Blueshirts host the Carolina Hurricanes in a crucial match for the Metropolitan Division title on Tuesday. The Panthers are already guaranteed to finish top of the Eastern Conference and could decide not to play against certain key players. On the other hand, Quebec’s Jonathan Huberdeau is in the middle of a battle for the Art Ross trophy, awarded to the circuit’s top scorer, and risks chasing a few points once he arrives at the Bell Centre.

The Coyotes’ camp has scheduled encounters with the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday and the Dallas Stars on Wednesday, as well as Friday’s run-through of the Nashville Predators at Glendale. The game against the Preds will also be the last to be presented at Gila River Arena while the “Yotes” will have to develop in a roughly 5,000-seat arena at Arizona State University next season.

Does the Canadian hold the 32and He has an 18.5% chance of winning the lottery for the first pick overall compared to 13.5% if he finishes 31stand. Montreal has not picked at the top level of the amateur auction since 1980, when it set its sights on Doug Wickenheiser while Denis Savard was only two ranks behind (Chicago Blackhawks). Previously, in the 1971 draft, the Bleu Blanc Rouge decided from the outset to get their hands on the famous Guy Lafleur.

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