Tuesday February 15, 2011
Montreal Canadiens vs. Buffalo Sabres
The last time these teams met, I was at the game in Buffalo, and things didn’t go so well. As you may remember, Cammalleri went down with a shoulder injury, and remains out to this day. Subban took a shot to the ankle and limped off the ice, but managed to finish the game. Pacioretty took a Wisniewski slap shot to the chest and had to be rushed to the hospital. Although originally slated to miss 4-6 weeks, he returned for the next game and had a goal and an assist. How’s that for heart?
The injury bug has continued to bother the Canadiens this season, but they have gotten a wonderful response from their AHL callups. Pacioretty is a force. Desharnais is unbelievable and is turning Pouliot into the player everyone knows he can be. Ryan White is a forechecking superstar and has added some much needed grit to this smallish team. Yannick Weber has finally elevated his play to a point where he can be considered an NHL regular.
Things are looking good in Montreal. Some minor tweaking and this team could be a force to be reckoned with.
- Andrei Markov (Torn ACL-out indefinitely)
- Josh Jorges (out indefinitely)
- Mike Cammalleri (Shoulder)
- Mathieu Darche (Game Time decision)
- Hal Gill (Game time decision)
- Derek Roy
- Steve Montador
Keys to the Game
Price should continue his always stellar play against Buffalo.
Montreal 3 – Buffalo 1
***update – The Canadiens have called up Brendon Nash from the Bulldogs. Will Picard now be a healthy scratch? Is a trade imminent?