Sunday, January 20, 2013

Habs Drop Opener To Leafs, Gomez A Shark?, Schneider/Luongo Controversy And More...

Good Morning Addicts!

Carey Price was one of the few bright spots in last night's loss
 Well hockey is back but it seem the Habs didn't get the memo. In losing 2-1 in their home opener against the Maple Leafs it seemed quite evident that it will take some time to adapt to Therrien's system.

There was a lot of negativity online following the game but it's important for everyone to remember that it was just one game. Understandably each game carries a ton of importance due to the shortened season but if it makes anybody feel better the Red Wings got trounced, the Blue Jackets won and the defending champion Kings looked nothing like they did when they lost only four games while on their way to winning the cup.

The Canadiens had a handful of players play overseas during the lockout but as ESPN's Pierre LeBrun points out, it was the Toronto Marlies graduates who appeared more fresh while leading their team to their first two points.

For those optimists out there, there were a few positives you could pick out of las night's loss if you tried. For one, it didn't seem too obvious that goaltender Carey Price hasn't played since last year. Price played well enough to give his team a chance to win had they provided any offense at all.

Andrei Markov finished the game healthy. Not only that but he lead the team in minutes with 24:08 minutes. Not one player on the Habs finished with a faceoff percentage lower than 50%. That is an area that has hurt the Habs since Yannick Perreault left the team and will play a huge part in their success or lack thereof.

The Canadiens play next on Tuesday when they host Alex Kovalev and the Florida Panthers. Kovalev enjoyed his debut with the Panthers scoring his first goal of the season and adding two assists.

Habs And Hockey News

- It seems Scott Gomez may be a Shark sooner rather than later. Gomez is set to meet with the Sharks this week. I'm not going to lie, I wish him the best!

- Keep your eyes on Vancouver if you enjoy a good goalie controversy. In his first game as the Canuck's starter, Corey Schneider lasted only 26:37 before being replaced by Roberto Luongo.

- Richard Garneau who hosted La Soiree du Hockey as well as covered the Olympics for Radio Canada passed away this morning at the age of 82.


Carey Price looked fantastic. We'll see if he hits a bit of a wall in a few weeks due to conditioning. Neither team looked good at even strength. Habs will buy into the system and the pk needs to be better.

Speaking of PK, I'm watching the Lakers/Raptors and they panned to him in the audience. Not good to see him watching a basketball game in Toronto when he should be skating in Montreal. Hopefully we see some resolution.

I am looking forward to a couple of games this year. I purchased tickets to Carolina on Feb 18 and Winnipeg on Apr 4, so that means 2 roadtrips down to Montreal this season. Looking forward to it!!

Hope Gomez lands on his feet. SJ is kind of a good fit for him as he would have Clowe 225, Havlat 210, Marleau 225 to play with so he would finally have a big winger that he was never given in montreal> That said he did not fit in Montreal anymore. Next years Cap would not have been possible besides not fitting in Montreal anymore.

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