Martin St. Louis Makes a Very Controversial Decision

Published December 2, 2023 at 12:12
BY AARON

Today has been a tumultuous day for the Montreal Canadiens. Following the unfortunate announcement of a long-term injury to forward Alex Newhook, news has emerged that Martin St-Louis has made unexpected changes to his lines for tonight's game against the Detroit Red Wings.

Here is the new line-up:

Caufield-Suzuki-Monahan
Gallagher-Dvorak-Anderson
Pearson-Evans-Slafkovsky
Ylonen-Stephens-Armia

As evident, St-Louis has opted to concentrate his key players, pairing Sean Monahan with Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield. It seems that having the last line change influenced this significant adjustment.


However, the use of Juraj Slafkovsky is drawing criticism on social media. Despite being one of the team's best players in recent games, he will now play alongside Tanner Pearson and Jake Evans. Ouch!

"Just an observation, but Ylönen and Slafkovsky are both among the bottom six, while Anderson and Gallagher continue to be favored, which could send a wrong message." - Marco D'Amico

The loss of Alex Newhook is a blow to the Canadiens, but relegating the 19-year-old Slovak to a less favorable position seems particularly unfortunate.

Once again, I am baffled by Josh Anderson's seemingly untouchable status with St-Louis, placing him on the second line over Slafkovsky, despite Anderson having no goals and only two assists in 23 games.

This stubbornness with Anderson is becoming increasingly absurd.

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