The Gazette’s Pat Hickey writes that the Canadiens embark on their first back-to-back series of the season tonight as they take on the Carolina Hurricanes before travelling to Pittsburgh to play the Penguins on Saturday night.
The Canadiens did not do well in this type of situation last season, going 10-20 in the 15 back-to-back situations they faced. They lost both ends of the back-to-back series five times and split the other 10 series.
Captain Saku Koivu says the key is to focus on the first game and try to conserve energy. “We have to be aware of keeping our shifts short and I’m sure the coaching staff is trying to play the four lines as much as possible,” he said. “You have to keep the focus on the first game and then worry about the next.”