MAJOR: Arber Xhekaj's Fate in the NHL Confirmed

Published October 6, 2023 at 11:00 PM

After a tumultuous training camp marked by controversies and surprises, many Montreal Canadiens supporters were anxious about the absence of Arber Xhekaj in the season's starting lineup.

Several experts hinted at the likelihood of Xhekaj commencing the season with the Laval Rocket, given the excess of left-hand defensemen on the roster.

However, as it turns out, Xhekaj will be part of the Canadiens' lineup in their opener against the Maple Leafs on October 11th.

Recent practice sessions saw Xhekaj consistently teamed up with the promising Jordan Harris. Here's a breakdown of the defensive lineups from practice:

"Top pairing: Mike Matheson - David Savard

Second pairing: Kaiden Guhle - Jonathan Kovacevic

Third pairing: Jordan Harris - Arber Xhekaj

Fourth pairing: Mattias Norlinder - Justin Barron

Reserve: Gustav Lindstrom"

This means Xhekaj is set to play in the third defensive pairing for the season's kickoff, which is undoubtedly heartening news.

Source: GoNordiques.
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