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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Habs/Flyers, Bourque's Resurgence And More...

Good Morning Addicts!




Carey Price, who's coming off his first shutout of the season, will
miss tonight's matchup against the Flyers with the flu.
 After collecting four points in the Sunshine State, the Habs are back home tonight to face the Flyers. The Broad Street Bullies are coming off of a 5-3 loss against the Devils in New Jersey last night in which they squandered a 3-1 lead. The Flyers have struggled on the road putting up a dismal 2-7 record.
The Habs have had relative success on Bell Center ice so far with a 5-3 record. The Canadiens have too often in the past helped teams put an end to slumps, but if they can make it a game focusing on special teams then they should have the advantage.

The Habs rank 10th in the league on the powerplay and 15th on the penalty kill while the Flyers have struggled with the extra man sitting in 15th and are 19th while short a man.

Carey Price is coming off his first shutout of the season but will miss tonight's match-up due to the stomach flu. Peter Budaj will look to earn his first win of the season in his third start. 

A win tonight would balance out the three games they lost prior to their four point sweep in Florida and will have a huge effect in convincing fans - and themselves - that their three game skid was nothing more than a slight bump in the road rather than a taste of what's to come over the course of the shortened season.

More importantly, a win tonight would put the Canadiens atop the Northeast Division after the Sabres defeated the Bruins 4-2 last night. The Bruins however will still hhave two games in hand.


Habs And Hockey News

- Rene Bourque's OT winner in Tampa was his fourth goal and eighth point in his 13th games this year. As Arpon Basu pointed out on twitter yesterday, that's as many points as he collected in 38 games with the Habs last year. Bourque's play 13 games in is quickly erasing the bad impression he made upon joining the team last season.

- In case you missed it, the Canadiens traded goaltender Cedrick Desjardins to the Tampa Bay Lightning, again, in exchange for 23 year old netminder Dustin Tokarski.

- This may not be Habs related but I've always been a fan of ageless wonder Teemu Selanne.


(Photo from http://www.habsnews.ca/montreal-canadiens-players/carey-price.html)

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