For most of the Canadiens’ forwards, training camp is a crash course in chemistry.
But there’s one line that came into camp battle tested and battle ready with Phil Danault at centre between Tomas Tatar and Brendan Gallagher.
“As a line, we know what we’re capable of,” Gallagher said during a video conference call after practice Tuesday. “The fact that we’ve spent so much time together helps, especially in these shortened camps. It comes naturally for us and that’s important (because) we have some new pieces and it takes some time for guys to settle in. (The other lines) may not click from Game 1 and it will be important for our line to be dialed in right away and give those guys time to feel more comfortable.”
During the off-season, there was some question about whether these three would remain together. There was talk about Danault being asked to concentrate more on the defensive side of the game, while Tatar and Gallagher would lend their talents to Nick Suzuki or Jesperi Kotkaniemi. It was a notion that didn’t go over well with Danault, but he has to be pleased with the way things have worked out.