Gameday! Habs vs. Ducks + The Captain Returns!


Saturday January 22, 2011

Montreal Canadiens vs. Anaheim Ducks


The Captain Returns!


Despite an absolute thumping of the Ottawa Senators last night, all of the Habs talk today is about the return of former captain, Saku Koivu.  Koivu signed a 2 year deal in the off season of 2009 with the Anaheim ducks, as a free agent.  This was the off season that brought Gomez, Gionta, Cammalleri and Gill to the Habs and, ultimately, playoff success.  It was Gainey’s final hoorah!  Ridiculed by many, for letting the franchises longest serving captain (alongside Jean Beliveau) go, but I don’t think ANYONE can find any fault in it now.

When asked about his return to the Bell Centre, Koivu admitted he was “nervous” and it was “going to feel weird”.  No doubt!  I wonder if he’s going to walk into the home dressing room by accident, or maybe cheer when the habs score their first goal?

All kidding aside, Koivu was a great captain and should receive a long, appreciative applause from the Bell Centre crowd.

Who’s out?

Montreal

  • Andrei Markov (Torn ACL-out indefinitely)
  • Josh Jorges (out indefinitely)
  • Mike Cammalleri (shoulder – out indefinitely )
  • Alex Picard (healthy scratch)
  • Tom Pyatt (healthy scratch)
  • Jeff Halpern ( Day to day)

Anaheim

  • Aaron Voros
  • Ryan Getzlaf
  • Jason Jaffray

Keys to the Game

Engqvist with my favourite Habs prospect, Ian Schultz. I can't wait till this guy is NHL ready.

PK Subban, Mathieu Darche, David Desharnais, Andreas Enqvist, Ryan White, Yannick Weber, Max Pacioretty.  Any of these names sound familiar to you Hamilton fans?

This is a big chance for many young players in this franchise.  With everyone of these players playing hard to prove themselves worthy of a spot on the big club, it could provide some surprising, yet wonderful, short term results.  I don’t see these guys as being any sort of long term answer to the injuries on this team, but everyone of them will be counted on for now.  They sure didn’t dissapoint in Ottawa last night!

I was very impressed with the defensive play of Andreas Engqvist.  Isn’t it strange that as soon as a pure defensive strategist enters the lineup, Plekanec got 2 goals and dominated on the offensive side of the puck?

My Prediction

Montreal 4 – Anaheim 2

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About Marcus T

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