Game Day : Flyers @ Habs
The Montreal Canadiens look to end their six game losing streak tonight as they host the Philadelphia Flyers at the Bell Center.
It seems home games are no advantage to the Habs this season, they have yet to win any of them. Fans, media and the players themselves can't seem to stop their heads from spinning.
There is a pile of reasons that can contribute to their lack of success, but it seems that the coaching staff is taking most of the heat. I won't go on to much about that but take a look at what George Prax had to say about it.
The Flyers have chemistry. What's chemistry you ask? Well, its when 3 players on a line learn to play with each other. They learn each others positioning and style of play. From this, they can create successful creative plays that usually lead to scoring goals. There are three elements to creating chemistry; practicing hard, consistency in lineups and a little bit of luck. Philly has done a great job at all three of these "keys to success" and it shows in their record. (5-2-1)
There are some hot hands on the top line For Philadelphia. Claude Giroux, Jaromir Jagr and Scott Hartnell were virtually unstoppable last game, combining for all 8 Flyer points. Let's not over look Danny Briere who is known for his ability to really shine against the Habs at the Bell Center. Briere has 27 points in 38 games vs the Habs in his career.
The Injury list has gotten longer in Montreal. Max Pacioretty has been added to the long list of players that will be out for longer than just a few games. Seems he's either broken or fractured his write. Alongside Max is Scott Gomez, Ryan White, and Andrei Markov. It also appears that Spacek is back on that list with a nagging upper body injury.
The Habs aren't the only ones with big name injuries this season. Philly lost a key element to their team's dynamic two nights ago. Defenseman Chris Pronger went down hard holding his eye after catching an accidental high stick from Mikhail Grabovski. Pronger is expected to be out 2-3 weeks.
Game starts at 7:30pm and is being aired on RDS.