Saturday October 15, 2011
Montreal Canadiens vs. Colorado Avalanche
Sigh…anyone else tired of injuries having a profound impact on this team? Could the defense have looked any worse on Thursday night?…sigh
Alright, enough of my whining. Let’s look at the positives from the other night. And yes, there were some.
Lars Eller looked great in his first game back from shoulder surgery. He will be rewarded with top six minutes tonight, and well deserved! He was strong on the puck, and played with the passion that was clearly missing in, more or less, everyone else’s game on the team.
Alexei Yemelin is starting to look more comfortable. I am a big fan of this guy. He is the type of player this defense has been lacking since Komasarik became a loser. He will benefit from all this extra ice time he’s getting with the injuries to key personel.
PK Subban wants to do everything! This is good and bad, as it’s finding him out of position, but you have to love this kid’s spirit! Don’t worry, Martin will reel him in.
Scott Gomez is playing much better. No he hasn’t shown up on the score sheet, but he is backchecking! He even drew a penalty on Thursday by hustling back to the defensive zone and forcing a turnover! Madness! The points will come.
Things will get better, starting tonight. You have my word on that.
- Andrei Markov (still recovering from knee surgery)
- Ryan White
- Jaroslav Spacek
- Chris Campoli
- Mike Cammalleri
Keys to the Game
Martin has shuffled the lines again, and, although I HATE seeing Moen constantly pushed up to the top line, there is something very good that will come out of it. The third line will now be Desharnais, Kostitsyn and Pacioretty. Although billed as a third line, this looks like a pretty good combination to me, and could turn into a third scoring line, earning top line minutes through production.
Another exciting line? Plekanec, Cole and Eller. I’m excited!
Habs 5 – Avalanche 2