Gameday! Habs vs. Capitals


Tuesday December 28, 2010

Montreal Canadiens vs. Washington Capitals


I’m at a loss for words at this point.  If this streak of less than stellar play had happened at the start of the season, no one would have batted an eyelash, but since the Habs got off to such a hot start, the panic level after this recent slide is through the roof!  I, for one, will remain patiently optimistic.  This WILL turn around.  Carey Price’s numbers in the last few games are NOT a reflection of his play, but of his teammates.    Pierre Gauthier WILL make the trade that gives this team the help it needs.  And PK Subban WILL be a star for the Habs for many years to come.

Who’s out?

Montreal

  • Andrei Markov (Torn ACL-out indefinitely)
  • Travis Moen (illness)
  • ***Josh Gorges or PK Subban***

***It was recently discovered that Josh Gorges has been playing with an injury.  Anyone who has been watching his play will read this and think, “Ohhhhhhh…I understand now.”   The always reliable Gorges’ play has been terrible in the last few games and has had Habs fans scratching their heads.  If Gorges is unable to go, look for Subban to make his return, paired with Gill.  This could be a golden opportunity for the rookie to show he’s learned from his mistakes while being paired with a partner a little more defensively sound than Alex Picard.

Washington

  • Matt Bradley
  • Tom Poti
  • Boyd Gordon
  • DJ King
  • Erik Fehr
  • Jeff Schultz

Keys to the Game

It’s time for the players to take some accountability.  They have been playing like individuals instead of the “team” that has made them successful.  While sleepers Gomez, Gionta and Cammaleri have woken up, others (mostly on the defensive side of the puck) have decided it is nap time.  If the Habs are going to beat the Capitals and get things back on track, a team game will be an absolute must.

P.S.  I have a personal message for the defense.  “Stop making Carey Price look bad!   Cover the guy in front of the net, and get the hell out of the way so he can see the puck!  Good lord!!!!”

My Prediction

Montreal 3 – Washington 2 SO

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About Marcus T

Father, Husband, Blogger, A/V Guy and Huge Habs fan.
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