I have to say that waking up on a Saturday knowing the Habs aren't playing just doesn't feel right. However after missing three months of NHL action I'll take what I can get.
The Habs are coming off of two straight victories and will face the red hot Devils tomorrow evening at 6:00 pm. Goaltender Martin Brodeur has been stellar for the Devils so far and a shortened season will only play to his advantage.
Older players will no doubt use the extra rest provided by the lockout to their advantage. Jaromir Jagr of the Dallas Stars and Teemu Selanne of the Anaheim Ducks each have four points in four games played and Saku Koivu also of the Ducks has five points in four contests.
On the Habs, captian Brian Gionta is already benefitting from the time off with two goals and an assist in the teams opening three games. Granted he isn't quite as old as the players mentioned but his 34 years of age mixed with his 51 games missed due to injury last season should definately put him in the group of veterans who will benefit from the 48 game schedule.
Then there is Andrei Markov. Also 34, Markov has played in only 65 games since 2009 and was said to be finished by many fans and pundits around the league. In his first three games Markov has scored three goals and added one helper, all on the power play, and has given the team some hope.
In the teams opening three tilts, Andrei Markov's play is just one of many signs of promise this city needs after such a dismal 2010-12 season.
Habs And Hockey News
- With Marc Bergevin and P.K.Subban still unable to reach an agreement, there is tons of talk about the possibility of trading the young defenseman. Fred Poulin (@FredPoulin98) explores that option here.
- The city seems torn right now over whether to love or hate Subban. With so many calling for him to be shipped away, Andrew Berkshire (@AndrewBerkshire) asks "Why do Habs fans eat their own?".
- Jacob Saltiel (@JacobSaltiel) takes a look at some of the new rules being enforced in the 2013 season.
- And finally, if you haven't yet seen the video of Habs' Alex Galchenyuk being told by Marc Bergevin and Michel Therrien that he's made the team, it's worth taking a look.
(photo from andrewshabs.blogspot.com)