Stars Visit the Canadiens
The Stars arrive in Montreal to meet the Habs in a Mardi Gras edition of Méchant Mardi; a night where the Habs have done well. Astonishingly, Mike Ribeiro will be playing his first game back in Montreal since being traded to Dallas for Janne Niinimaa and a pick (Andrew Conboy) back in September 2006. The Stars as a franchise have not played in Montreal in a long time - hint - Laraque scored in that game. I understand the reason for the schedule being non equal but seriously. It will be the first time the Bell Centre crowd gets to see the talented Jamie Benn among others.
The Stars are a young, fast team with good goaltending. Looking forward to a good goaltending battle of the Carey-Kari's. The Stars Kari - Lehtonen - has been a workhorse for the visitors playing in 40 games this season and sporting a record of 21-15-3 and GGA of 2.43 and a save percentage of .918. While the Habs Carey has played 52 games and sports a record of 22-21-9, with a GGA of 2.38 and save percentage of .916.
Louis Leblanc will be returning to the Habs lineup tonight as will Erik Cole who has been playing injured for a while. He left practice early but apparently by design as per Cunneyworth. For the Stars Jamie Benn will be returning to the lineup from his injury.
Also of note, Cunneyworth mentioned that he believes that Andrei Markov will play a few games between now and the end of the season - while others want him shut down for the year - I have the opposite opinion - let him get at least a few games and see what he has got left if anything. Another off-season of will he or won't he does anyone any good. Time to go or get off the pot as it were.
As it is gameday, I am wondering if there will be any trades before this evenings game - then I remember Habs are at home so the trades will be done on Thursday.
I am hoping the players on Les Glorieux have gotten over losing the big Hal Gill - he appears to be missed on the ice and in the dressing room - I wish him the best of luck in Nashville. A gentle giant on and off the ice. As well, I am pleased that Erik Cole was appointed assistant Captain - looks good.