Montreal Canadiens defenseman Arber Xhekaj
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MAJOR: Arber Xhekaj's Fate Confirmed Ahead of Game Against the Sabres

Published February 21, 2024 at 6:50 PM

In the last few minutes, the head coach of the Montreal Canadiens, Martin St-Louis, officially announced that he would be making some changes for the game against the Buffalo Sabres.

Indeed, he confirmed that defenseman Jordan Harris would return to the lineup, taking Johnathan Kovacevic's place on the third defensive pair. Additionally, Jesse Ylönen will reclaim his spot in the Montreal lineup, while Michael Pezzetta will watch the game from the press box.

Finally, despite a very difficult game against the New York Rangers last Thursday, in which Samuel Montembeault allowed a total of seven goals on just 31 shots, the Quebec goalie will be back in the net for the Canadiens. The 27-year-old goalie will thus get his 27th start this season, having accumulated a record of 12 wins, 9 losses, and 4 overtime losses so far this year.

"Martin St-Louis confirms that Jesse Ylönen and Jordan Harris will be back in the lineup. Michael Pezzetta and Johnathan Kovacevic will be left out. Samuel Montembeault will be in goal." - Montreal Canadiens

What great news!

A verdict is finally announced for Arber Xhekaj

Some observers feared that the sheriff might lose his spot in Martin St-Louis' lineup with the return of Jordan Harris, but the head coach has given him a strong vote of confidence.

We love it!

The number 72 of the Blue-White-Red possibly played his best game since his call-up against the Capitals on Saturday, and we are very happy to see that he will remain in uniform. Now, it's up to him to prove that he deserves his spot in the Montreal defensive brigade, game after game.

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MAJOR: Arber Xhekaj's Fate Confirmed Ahead of Game Against the Sabres

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