It was a battle between the two bottom teams in the NHL standings, and the loss kept the Canadiens in the cellar with 40 points. The suddenly red hot Yotes have now leapfrogged the Seattle Kraken for sole possession of 30th place in the standings. Expect all three to continue trading places with plenty of season left.

While finishing last does offer an advantage in the upcoming draft lottery, as Stu Cowan observed, tanking isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be.

Case in point, the Canadiens probably could have guaranteed the 32nd spot had they kept former coach Dominique Ducharme, but isn’t watching Cole Caufield and Nick Suzuki flourish under new interim head coach Martin St. Louis worth decreased odds for the first overall pick? Anyway, if last night’s loss is any indication, the Habs may end up having their cake and eat it too in this lost season: the emergence of two stars with a potential third on the way.

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