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Surprise promotion for Arber Xhekaj and change announced by the team

Published January 31, 2023 at 6:49 PM
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We talked about it earlier this month, but many experts have recently noted that Arber Xhekaj's playing time has been rather disappointing, especially considering the current state of the Habs' defensive squad.

See a summary:

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However, since this sequence and since Max Lapierre's comments, we have noticed a rather drastic change.


In the last two games of his team, "WiFi" has played:

- 19 minutes 46 seconds

- 18 minutes 55 seconds.

Well, it's going to be similar, if not better, tonight, as the imposing rookie defenseman just got a very interesting promotion from his head coach Martin St-Louis.

Against the Sens, Xhekaj will play on the team's first pair of defensemen, along with the very reliable David Savard.

Wow would have predicted that a few months ago? What a story!

Check out the complete trios and duos:

"Pitlick-Suzuki-Anderson

Dadonov-Dach-Hoffman

Dvorak-Ylonen

Pezzetta-Belzile-RHP

Xhekaj-Savard

Matheson-Barron

Harris-Kovacevic

Wideman

Allen"

An important change to note, as the team announced that Jake Allen will be in front of the net, not Samuel Montembeult.

Other than that change, it will be a similar lineup to the one used in the most recent game (minus Owen Beck, of course)

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