Saturday, February 9, 2013

Habs/Leafs, Price On Track, Markov For Norris And More...

Good Morning Addicts!

The Bourque-Plekanec-Gionta line has combined for 22 points
through the first ten games.
After two consecutive losses to the Bruins and Sabres, the Habs will look to return to their winning ways tonight against the Maple Leafs. The Leafs will be looking for their third straight win after defeating the Capitals and the Jets.

The win against the Jets on Thursday came with Phil Kessel finally netting his first goal of the season for the winner.

Although the Canadiens haven't banked two points in the win column since Sunday afternoon against the Senators, their losses didn't come without effort. There are some positives in the fact that if Tuuka Rask hadn't stood on his head in the first period of the Bruins, tilt the Habs easily could have finished the frame with a three or four goal lead rather than heading into the second period tied at zero.

The following night in Buffalo the two points were pretty much in the bank before Ryan White took yet another selfish penalty giving the Sabres the opportunity to bring them to within one goal of the Habs. Things went from bad to worse for Montreal as the game was tied with less than two seconds left and the breakdown was complete when they lost in the shoot out.

While tonight's line up has yet to be finalizes it should be safe to assume that White will sit after costing his team a point and Travis Moen will be in.

One thing for sure is that the Pacioretty-Desharnais-Cole line is going to have to start producing. If they can mirror the success of the Bourque-Plekanec-Gionta line, the Habs will have little trouble piling up w's.

Habs And Hockey News

- Arpon Basu (@ArponBasu) of points out that Carey Price appears to be the player Bob Gainey knew he would become when he drafted him fifth overall in the 2005 draft.

- Andrew Berkshire (@AndrewBerkshire) takes a look at where the Habs rank after ten games.

- Andrei Markov makes Kevin Allen (@ByKevinAllen) of USA Today's list of early Norris Trophy candidates.

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I am happy about the Bourque, Plekanic and Gionta contribution. When Eller, Desharnais and Cole were producing why not try Pacioritty with Galynchuk and Gallagher. Try getting a big guy who goes to the net and can finish on each line.

Desharnais is not that good on faceoffs but a good playmaker who needs to play with big guys. Eller can take the faceoffs and both he and Cole can drive to the net.

Plekanic without being great on faceoffs does hold his own.

Give Gallagher and Galynchuk a big body who can keep up with the pace and finish their plays.

Then you move Prust and white up and down the line up to pass messages to the opposition that they are there.

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