Canadiens recall Cole Caufield ahead of matchup versus Penguins

The Montreal Canadiens have recalled scoring forward Cole Caufield from the Laval Rocket in the AHL.

Following an unproductive start to the season, the Habs optioned to send him down to the American Hockey League on November 1st.

“He was touching the puck like he was a little bit on his heels, not as confident and dynamic with the puck,” Canadiens coach Dominique Ducharme said via “He had a few good looks at the net, but just squeezing the stick a bit. So just to have him have good ice time, just gaining confidence, scoring a few goals, finding his game.”

Canadiens recall Cole Caufield

Caufield, 20, had recorded just one assist and no goals through 10 games while averaging 14:11 of ice time.

In his brief stint in Laval, he found his scoring touch and picked up five points in six games with three in his last two.

The 2019 first round selection, 15th overall is expected to play in tonight’s clash against the Penguins.

Habs face struggling Pens

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens find themselves telling similar stories ahead of their clash Thursday night in Montreal.

After all, both struggling teams have lost three in a row and eight of their past 10 games (2-6-2).

They also are coming off one-goal setbacks on Tuesday. The Penguins dropped a 2-1 decision to the Buffalo Sabres, while the Canadiens sustained a 3-2 defeat to the New York Rangers.

“It’s still the same end result,” Montreal forward Jake Evans said. “I do think for the most part we’re playing pretty good hockey, and there’s just some mental lapses that cost us against a lot of these teams that have high-end skill and can make tougher plays that you don’t think are there.

“That’s what’s just been happening lately. Not a lot of mental lapses, but they happen, and I feel they’re scoring on them.”

Josh Anderson scored on Tuesday to pull even with Nick Suzuki and Mike Hoffman for the Canadiens’ lead in goals (four).

Cayden Primeau made 31 saves in his first start of the season. The 22-year-old was called up from Laval of the American Hockey League on Saturday after fellow goaltender Jake Allen was injured in Montreal’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

While Montreal sports a 1-7-1 record on the road after Tuesday’s loss, Pittsburgh enters Thursday’s tilt with just one win away from home as well. The Penguins skated to a 6-2 victory at Tampa Bay in the season opener on Oct. 12.

“We just have to stick with it. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves,” Penguins veteran forward Jeff Carter said. “We could use excuses, but it’s going to get you nowhere. You got to just take a look in the mirror here and get back to work. It’s a big road trip for us.”

–Field Level Media contributed to this article