Wednesday November 30, 2011
Montreal Canadiens vs. Anaheim Ducks
So Bobby Ryan is up for grabs is he? So the blogosphere has told us today. As Habs fans, we give a resounding, “Who cares!!” There is a much more important story to tell. There is something much more exciting happening that has got Habs fans on the edge of their seats. Fans are pressing their sweaters and taking afternoon naps today in order to be fresh and ready for the late game tonight in California, for you see……..
MARKOV IS BACK!!!!!!!
Now, I’m gonna be as excited as anyone else for the Russian’s return, but lets be serious, folks. He’s gonna be a bit rusty. He hasn’t played in over a year, has only played a handful of games in the last two, and will need some time to get back to game speed. I figure, with this in mind, he’ll only get, I dunno, about 8 maybe 9 points tonight? Sound realistic?
In all seriousness, though, expect to see Markov play about 15-16 minutes tonight while paired with fellow Russian, Alexei Emelin. And teamed up with PK on the Powerplay as the first unit. This moves Plekanec back to forward on the second unit where he belongs with the Swiss pair, Weber and Diaz trying to keep their jobs on the back end.
Expected pairs tonight?
- Subban – Gorges
- Weber (playing wing on the fourth line?)
Lost in all this is the exciting news that Louis LeBlanc will make his debut with the big club tonight becoming the 800th player to wear the CH. Expectations should be held in check here as well, as this means he’ll have been a rookie on his 5th team in 5 years. Clearly Louis will need some more seasoning in Hamilton before he’s ready to make the jump permanently, but this is a great chance for him to get some extremely valuable experience under his belt, in a quiet arena, against a team that has been struggling.
Pretty damn happy day to be a Habs’ fan, huh?
- Andrei Markov…is no longer on this list!!!! Yaaaay!!!
- Andrei Kostitsyn
- Scott Gomez
- Jaroslav Spacek
- Ryan White
- Chris Campoli
Keys to the Game
The Habs are bound to be a little off tonight. Starting a game at 10:30 at night isn’t particularly something they are used to. I’m tired just thinking about staying up to watch it!
However having a healthy Markov back in the lineup tonight should give them a little extra boost. Play off that boys. And play hard.
Are you ready for it? “Markov a Subban. Le tire. Et le buuuuuuuuuuuuuuut!!!!!!”
Habs 5 – Ducks 2
***update***Is it too late to post I was wrong? I don’t know why Markov isn’t playing and it would seem no one else does either. Stay tuned….