Allen stopped 31 of 35 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss to Edmonton on Monday. Connor McDavid beat Allen on a breakaway 2:42 into the extra session to extend the netminder's winless skid to four games (0-3-1). Still, Allen did enough to help Montreal clinch a playoff berth by steering the game into overtime. Now 11-12-5 on the year with a 2.68 GAA and .907 save percentage, Allen will be tasked with Montreal's No. 1 goaltending duties in the playoffs as long as Carey Price (concussion) remains sidelined.
Allen will start Monday's game against the Oilers, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Allen continues to work in a starting role with Carey Price (concussion) still without a return timetable. The Canadiens need one point in their last two games or losses by both the Flames and Canucks to secure a postseason berth, so Allen could clinch a playoff spot for his team Monday. Doing so won't be easy, however, as he'll face the unenviable task of slowing down an offense led by runaway Hart Trophy favorite Connor McDavid, who has reached the 100-point mark in just 53 games.
Allen made 23 saves in a 3-2 loss to Toronto on Saturday. His mates had given him a 2-0 lead, but he couldn't hold back the buzzsaw that was (and is) the Leafs. They came in waves. Allen will be the de facto playoff starter given Carey Price's (concussion) absence. He's going to have to steal games.
Allen will guard the road cage during Saturday's matchup with the Maple Leafs, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Allen struggled in his last start Wednesday versus Ottawa, surrendering five goals on 34 shots en route to an ugly 5-1 defeat. The 30-year-old backstop will attempt to bounce back and earn his 12th win of the season in a road matchup with a Toronto team that's averaging 3.41 goals per game at home this campaign, seventh in the NHL.
Allen made 19 saves on 20 shots in relief of Cayden Primeau in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Maple Leafs. Allen stabilized the Canadiens' goaltending in the final two periods, although the offense wasn't able to overcome the deficit. The 30-year-old Allen remains at 11-11-4 with a 2.62 GAA and a .909 save percentage in 27 outings. Allen should be considered likely to start Saturday's rematch with the Leafs.
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