If it ain't broke don't fix it.
It is a very cliched thing to say but it would appear to hold true for head coach Dominique Ducharme and his Montreal Canadiens. On Sunday morning the Canadiens hit the ice for their morning skate ahead of a Sunday night matchup against the Winnipeg Jets, their opponents in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and after taking a commanding 2 - 0 series lead it would appear as though Ducharme is happy to continue moving forward with the status quo.
The Canadiens four lines up front appear to be the same heading into Game 3 of this series with Ducharme making no noticeable changes during the morning skate, although I must stress that at this time of the season things are always subject to change at a moments notice. Here's how the lines broke down on the ice today:
That fourth line of Joel Armia, Eric Staal and Corey Perry has been a particularly devastating weapon for the Canadiens with their two veteran acquisitions proving to be a major thorn in the side of their opponents. Both Staal and Perry have produced more than many would have expected in the playoffs and if there was any doubt about the decision to bring them onto the roster prior to the playoffs, those doubts have almost certainly been erased by now.
The theme for the Canadiens defense will also hold true to the 'if it ain't broke don't fix it' mantra, with Ducharme also appearing to keep things status quo on the backend. Although subject to change like the lines up front, the pairings at practice on Sunday morning were the same and I suspect that they will remain that way for Game 3. Here is how they break down:
As you would expect things will also remain status quo in goal with superstar goaltender Carey Price once again called upon to backstop the Canadiens in this one. Price has been outstanding thus far in the playoffs with a 2.08 goals against average and a .935 save percentage over his 9 appearances for the Canadiens and you could argue that he has been the team's most valuable player thus far.