Game 6 : Habs @ Penguins

The Montreal Canadiens are on the road.  The Habs have arrived in Pittsburgh to take on the 2009-2010 Stanley Cup Champions.  

Despite having some of their best players out of the lineup, the Penguins are still off to a good start this season, coming into this game with a record of 4-2-2.  Montreal is still looking to be taken seriously in the East while sitting on a poor record of 1-3-1, with 3 of those loses coming at home.  Who will walk away with the 2 points tonight?

I think it is safe to say that since Montreal eliminated the Penguins in 7 games two years back, during the 2nd round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, there has been some bad blood between these two Eastern Conference teams.  Both usually play each other with something to prove and tonight will be no different.  

James Neal has some hot hands at the moment.  Tied for the league lead in goals with six, look for him to be shooting with authority.  The Habs' stats have been spread out over the first few games and are really looking for someone to break out.  Max Pacioretty leads the team with 5 points, so look for him to add some more to his stat sheet.  

Five games in and there are a ton of injuries between these two clubs.  Andrei Markov, Jaro Spacek, Ryan White, Chris Compoli, and Mike Cammalleri are out for the Canadiens.  

Update 12PM: Cammalleri confirmed to play for tonight, Fleury will start for the Pens.

Over on Pittsburgh, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, Brooks Orpik and Tyler Kennedy are also sidelined.  Moreover, it has been speculated that Marc-Andre Fleury may not to be at 100%.

It will be a special night tonight for Montreal's Hal Gill.  This will be his 1,000th career game in the NHL.  Playing against the Penguins will make it even more special, as he won the cup with them back in 2009.  This could also be a special night for Carey Price, as he is still looking for that 100th win to put him in the record book along side his childhood idols, Patrick Roy and Marty Brodeur.

Puck drops at 7:00pm and is being aired on RDS and TSN-HABSHD.

Bon Match!

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What can I say right now?  Honestly.  What is there to say? It seems the Canadiens haven't gotten the message.  You cannot give up after one goal against.  The Habs were dominating Buffalo and in my honest opinion I do NOT think Ryan Miller shut the door on the Habs last game,  I think the Habs shut the door on themselves.  They took shot after shot straight into his chest.  Yes of course there were the few good chances that Miller deserves some credit for, but overall it could have been any goalie in there.

I'm not sure if its the system the Canadiens are playing that turns them into emo-suicidal fairies after they get scored on, but it has to stop.  In today's NHL, a one goal lead means nothing.  C'mon, show some gusto out there.  I see plenty of teams already this season coming back from 2-3 goal deficits.  Bring it to overtime at least, get a bloody point out of it!

It's time to shit or get off the pot, Montreal.  I apologize for my frustrations but we are running out of reasons far too quickly as to why we can't play 60 minutes.  I leave you with that.

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7 Comments

George Prax's picture

"The Habs were dominating Buffalo and in my honest opinion I do NOT think Ryan Miller shut the door on the Habs last game, I think the Habs shut the door on themselves."

I don't think you could have put that any better.

I'm still going to go with the injury excuse for another game or two I think. That inability to finish, chalk it up to the absence of two of their more potent offensive threads -- Markov and Cammalleri. This team isn't complete so long as those players are out. This version of the Canadiens has never had the depth Pittsburgh has, nor the coaching frankly, so missing a Cammalleri can make the world of difference. That deflating second period goal last night, do you think anyone other than Thomas Vanek would have been able to score on that, on a goalie like Carey Price? Same has to be applied on the other side of the ice.

That said, three players need to step up tonight if the Canadiens stand any chance of winning:

Scott Gomez
Brian Gionta
Erik Cole

The defense is filled with rookies and missing key pieces? Make up for it with strong offense. Injuries or no injuries they're running out of excuses.

Jason Pietroniro's picture

That Vanek goal didn't get the credit it deserved. Such a laser beam.

Chuck Gaston Jr's picture

Brooks Orpik will be making his season debut tonight and Marc-Andre Fleury is still said to be sick with the flu, so we will have to see who starts.

George Prax's picture

RDS reporter is saying Fleury is starting tonight: http://twitter.com/#!/renhockey/status/127044420678848512

George Prax's picture

Also, Cammalleri and Spacek took the morning skate. Not sure about Spacek but it's looking like Cammy's going to suit up for tonight.

Jason Pietroniro's picture

CAMMA CAMMA CAMMA CAMMA CAMMA can score some goals....