Gameday! Habs vs. Rangers


Tuesday January 11, 2011

Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Rangers


The rumour mill has been alive the last week or so, with talk of the Habs making a move to acquire Alexandre Frolov from the Rangers.  A move to help out the Plekanec, Cammalleri line and probably AK47’s ticket out of town.  Frolov goes out for the season with a knee injury,  The Rangers pick up Wolski from Colarado in exchange for Rosival, and the rumour mill has seized it’s production for now.  What does this mean?  It means that Gauthier isn’t finished.

In the meantime, the two teams clash tonight in New York, in the first of a home and home series.  These two games have playoff implications written all over it as the Rangers sit 6th and the Habs sit 8th with 4 points between them.  The Habs MUST get at least a split out of this series, to not only keep pace with New York, but to remain in contention with Boston for the division title.

Who’s out?

Montreal

  • Andrei Markov (Torn ACL-out indefinitely)
  • Josh Jorges (out indefinitely)
  • Mike Cammalleri (virus)
  • Yannick Weber (healthy scratch)

New York

  • Alexandre Frolov
  • Vaclav Prospal
  • Derek Boogaard
  • Erik Christensen
  • Ryan Callahan

Keys to the Game

With Mike Cammalleri out with a virus, Martin will turn to Lars Eller to make his return to the lineup, playing wing with Plekanec and Kostitsyn.  If he doesn’t make an impact, look for David Desharnais, recent Hamilton callup, and Benoit Pouliot to get some shifts on the big line.

Since Wisniewski has joined the lineup, the Habs defense has regained some of their attitude.  Last game when Chara went after Pacioretty after he scored the overtime winner and made a comment, it was nice to see, usually jovial, Hal Gill come to his aid.  Big Hal actually tossed the 6’-9” Chara around a bit!  I’ve never seen anyone even come close to manhandling that guy.  Gomez also jumped in and took a shot from the beg defensemen, but it was nice to see this passion from him.

My Prediction

Montreal 3 – New York 1

***UPDATE***  Lineup changes announced.  Yannick Weber is in, Picard is out.  Alex Auld will get the start in place of Carey Price.  Has the flu found it’s way into the Habs’ locker room?

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About Marcus T

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