Saturday December 4, 2010
Montreal Canadiens vs. San Jose Sharks
There are sharks in the water! But I’m not so certain they reside in San Jose. After a very successful season in 2009-10 that saw them finish first in a strong Western Conference, the Sharks have gotten off to a slow start this season, sitting 10th in the West. After letting long time superstar goalie, Evgeni Nabokov walk in free agency, the sharks picked up one of the leagues question marks in Antero Nittymaki and Anti Niemi. Falling into the new NHL mold (thanks Chicago), of keeping an average goaltender with a low cap hit, the Sharks hoped to rely on their offensive prowess to win games. So far that has not been the case, and Nittymaki has been solid while the offense and the Stanley cup winning Niemi have struggled. So much for, “you get what you pay for”, huh?
The Habs on the other hand have gotten the best of both worlds. Strong play from an entire “team” standpoint, especially between the pipes with Carey Price. Price is top 5 in pretty much all goaltending “stat” areas, and is sure to be starting goalie for the Eastern allstars in the spring.
Now that’s a shark with bite!
- Andrei Markov (out for season)
- Dustin Boyd (healthy scratch)
- P.K. Subban (Martin’s being very tight lipped about this, but I think they want to see what Weber can do)
- Kent Huskins
- Devon Setoguchi
- Niclas Wallin
- Jason Demers
Keys to the Game
- Carry the puck through everyone up the ice
- Lose it at the blue line, causing an odd man rush the other way
He has stepped back and played more of a team game, and as a result, has found the scoresheet. I think this will be an important adjustment moving forward. If he can start generating offense, it will free up Cammalleri for some big, big plays.
If, in fact, Subban does return to the lineup tonight. Look for him to be much more conservative. If he leaves himself available on the back end instead of constantly rushing up this ice, he will be able to generate some plays AND stop the opposition from scoring goals. Ahhhh….now that’s what I like to see in a defenseman.
Montreal 5 – San Jose 4