Max Domi: an experiment inconclusive to the wing

Max Domi: une expérience peu concluante à l'aile

After three games on the left wing Max Domi will return to its place at the center of the second trio of the Canadian, on Saturday to face the Rangers.

November 22, 2019 17: 03

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Max Domi: an experiment inconclusive to the wing

Alexis Belanger-Champagne

The Canadian Press

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BROSSARD — The experience left wing Max Domi has not been very successful and is the head coach of the Canadian, Claude Julien, has not lost time to respond.

Nick Suzuki and Domi will share the responsibilities as a player in the centre of the second trio of the club, a bit like Domi did, when he was playing with Andrew Shaw last season.

“The right-hander can take the game to the right side and I’ll take the game from my side. In addition, the first player in decline can support the defenders in the back of the zone, said Domi. It allows you to develop a beautiful complicity between two players who can play the wing or center.”

Domi admitted that it had been a big change to be placed to the left wing for the first time since his arrival with the canadiens, last Saturday, facing the New Jersey Devils. After three matches, three defeats, Julien acknowledged that Domi had the advantage of playing in the centre.

“He has played the majority of his career at the wing, there was zero frustration from this side-here, said Julien. It is we who, looking at it, have realized that it is not capable of exploiting the speed that, in the past, he gave us.

“From what I’ve seen, it is better in the centre than on the wing. We put it in a position to have success. Nick Suzuki has also enjoyed success at the wing. This does not mean that we not will be not in the center.”

Even before being moved to the wing, Domi already knew of the more difficult times. He had been limited to a goal and an assist in nine parts, and then was harvested only in three of the meetings to the wing.

“There is no doubt that I can do more. This is my goal, admitted Domi. I do as well as providing summary not all the matches. I know that there will be longer periods of dark, of lethargy. It’s part of hockey. I have to find ways to get out.”

Artturi Lehkonen, completed the trio of Domi, and Suzuki training, on Friday morning.

The unit Phillip Danault is unchanged, while he was at the center of Tomas Tatar and Brendan Gallagher. Jesperi Kotkaniemi was surrounded by Charles Hudon and Joel Armia, while Jordan Weal has been relegated within the fourth trio, to the right of Nick Cousins and Nate Thompson.

Hudon on the numerical advantage

Hudon is also found within the digital advantage. It did not hit the target in three parts with the Canadian this season, but scored nine goals in 17 encounters with the Rocket de Laval in recent weeks.

“Even if Charles has started the season in Laval, we have always known that he is a maverick, that he is capable of scoring goals,” said Julien. It is in these situations, it is at its best. So we put him in a situation to have success.”

Hudon, who had difficulty to accept his demotion to the american League at the end of the camp, is not yet ready to declare victory. It is very well placed to know how much the situation a player can quickly change in the world of hockey.

The forward, a native of Alma had done well in 2017-18 with a crop of 10 goals and 20 helpers in 72 games. He then lost the favour of his coach last winter and was eventually left aside during the last 22 games.

“As they say, no news is good news. So if Claude does not speak to me, it’s going well,” said Hudon, when he was asked whether he felt to have earned the trust of his coach.

Defender Mike Reilly will replace Brett Kulak to the left of Cale Fleury, on Saturday, against the New York Rangers. While the coach of the Habs wants to relaunch his offensive, Julien noted that Reilly had better skills than Kulak to support the attack.

Julien hope you have made the necessary adjustments to help the Canadian to put an end to his first series of setbacks of three meetings this season.

“Our message to players is that it should not be discouraged, said Julien. It should not dramatize the situation, but we need to respond.

“We’ve lost three games in a row and the match tomorrow [Saturday] is important. But it should not begin to panic, because we are not playing such bad hockey than that,” summed up Julian.

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