Sunday, February 20, 2011
Montreal Canadiens vs. Calgary Flames
It’s the Heritage Classic!
I had a dream last night. It was a simple, yet beautiful dream. In this dream I checked tsn.ca (do all hockey bloggers dream about checking internet sites?) to see what their take on the Habs lineup/injury status was, and three words met me there. “Canadiens are healthy”
While this is far from the truth, the Habs will get a bevy of players back in the lineup today. Important players. Game breakers. Stars.
Back in the lineup today are: Michael Cammalleri, Hal Gill, James Wisniewski. While Josh Gorges, Andrei Markov and Jaroslav Spacek all remain out for the Habs, a familiar face in Paul Mara will make his return to the club after being reacquired from the Anaheim Ducks.
Martin did some line shuffling at practice and if it holds true, David Desharnais will make his first start as second line center between Michael Cammalleri and Benoit Pouliot. The first line of Tomas Plekanec, Brian Gionta and Max Pacioretty has been good, and remains intact. Rounding out the bottom two lines will be Scott Gomez, Andrei Kostitsyn and Ryan White on the third line, followed by Jeff Halpern, Travis Moen and either Mathieu Darche or Tom Pyatt on the fourth.
Defensive pairings should look like this: Subban and Gill, Hamrlik and Mara, Picard and Weber.
Price will get his league leading 53rd start of the season sporting his freshly printed new mask. I like it. And I love Price’s sense of humour.
- Andrei Markov (Torn ACL-out indefinitely)
- Josh Jorges (out indefinitely)
- Mathieu Darche
- Jaroslav Spacek
- Daymond Langkow
- Raitis Ivanans
- Adam Pardy
Keys to the Game
Price made comments about his angles being off due to the atmosphere of playing outside. It will be very important to get shots on net early in this one before Kiprosoff can get settled in goal. Sneaking an early one past him could go a long way to getting the victory.
Montreal 7 – Calgary 4