Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Montreal Canadiens vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins eh? Pfft… We don’t care about them. Is Crosby back? Pfft…doesn’t matter, the Habs are unbeatable. Unstoppable. Unbreakable.
This is exactly the type of thinking that could get the Habs in a lot of trouble. This team really seems to strive with their backs against the wall. Getting into the playoffs last year, succeeding last year, getting off to a hot start this year. All of these things were improbable, but the Habs did it.
In December the Habs were riding a high, and hopefully, this team learned that they cannot merely be “along for the ride”. It takes a full team effort for this team to succeed, with no passengers.
- Andrei Markov (Torn ACL-out indefinitely)
- Josh Jorges (out indefinitely)
- Mike Cammalleri (virus) **
- Lars Eller (healthy scratch) **
- Alex Picard (healthy scratch)
**These guys should supersede the other. If Cammalleri is ready to go, Eller will get the scratch. He got his chance last night and looked terrible. I’m sensing a trip to the farm team for the young Dane.
- Sidney Crosby (Concussion)
- Arron Asham
- Mike Comrie
- Erik Godard
Keys to the Game
Keep it rolling, guys! With the “team game” back in full force the Habs have been winning. Yes they’ve all been one goal games, but with a Jacques Martin coached team, what do you expect?
I want to see David Desharnais get a few shifts with Plekanec’s line. Throw him on the wing and see what he can do. It’s time to give this guy a chance and see if he can bring his AHL magic to the big club. I think he could also be put in place of Gomez for a few shifts. His chemistry with Pacioretty is impressive and he could learn a few things about playing like a big guy in a little body from Gionta.
Carey Price got the night off last night, and should be rested and ready to go tonight.
Montreal 3 – Pittsburgh 2