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Brendan Gallagher may believe in his club a little too much
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The Montreal Canadiens enter their final stretch with maximum confidence, thanks to the team’s recent performances. After all, the Tricolore is only four points away from a playoff berth, which is no mean feat. However, we start separating the men from the children in January.

And if Brendan Gallagher’s speech is anything to go by, the team is pumped up for the second half of the campaign, especially as Martin St-Louis’ schemes are becoming more and more assimilated.

Gally had a clear message for the media following this first training session since December 23:

“Our goal is to compete with anyone. We believe that if we consistently bring our best hockey, we can play with the best teams in this league. That’s our goal!” – Gallagher

If we decipher Gally‘s speech, we can see that his confidence is perhaps a little excessive. But like a politician, he has to say things like that in front of the media. But this group seems to believe it more and more. It seems to me that something is forming, doesn’t it?

One of these “formations” (or rather, developments) is undoubtedly Juraj Slafkovsky. Slaf had the breakthrough that many had been waiting for, and since then he has been one of the band’s three main players.

Nick Suzuki was once again full of praise for his young team-mate:

“I think he’s gained a lot of confidence in us, playing a lot. He’s certainly progressed and played some good games with us. It was fun playing with him. He seems really confident right now, so I just want that to continue for him.” – Suzuki

In the end, does the blue-white-and-red have the depth and talent of a team like the Vancouver Canucks, for example? The answer is no. On the other hand, if all the concepts are applied to perfection, it could work. Except that perfection doesn’t really exist…

Breaking news

– Nick Suzuki is no Patrice Bergeron, but he stands out defensively.

– Speaking of Slaf‘s confidence.

– Samuel Montembeault will be a one-time starter this week.

– If you missed the coach’s media availability.

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