Saturday January 8, 2011
Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins
The injury bug is bugging the Canadiens. With Andrei Markov already out for the season with a knee injury, the club has announced that the ever reliable Josh Gorges requires knee surgery and will also be sidelined for the duration of this season. As if the news couldn’t get any worse, Roman Hamrlik is also listed as day to day with an undisclosed injury. While all this news is devastating, the Habs schedule isn’t going to cut them any breaks over the next few games. After a VERY important game against the Bruins tonight, the Habs head to NY to play the Rangers on Tuesday, Fly home to battle the conference leading Penguins (who should have Crosby back in the lineup), followed by the Rangers again on Saturday in Montreal. The Habs currently sit 1 game back of Boston and 4 games back of the Rangers with a game in hand, so all of these games carry playoff implications.
Suck it up boys! Time to get to work.
- Andrei Markov (Torn ACL-out indefinitely)
- Josh Jorges (Knee injury-out indefinitely)
- Roman Hamrlik (undisclosed injury-day to day)
- Mark Stuart (Broken Hand)
Keys to the Game
While the addition of Wisniewski helped an ailing defense, the recent injuries to Gorges and Hamrlik could prove to be devastating. Wisniewski will now be asked to lead this defense going further, while youngsters Subban, Weber and Picard will need to mature in an awful hurry. If these guys can’t do it, Gauthier will be forced to make a trade, and being forced to make a trade never brings the best return.
Now, more than ever, the Habs are going to need goal support. Early goals are going to take some of the stress off this depleted defensive core, and Carey Price might be asked to stand on his head once again.
Montreal 5 – Boston 3