Game Day : Habs @ Bolts
The Montreal Canadiens are in Tampa Bay tonight to take on the Lightning. Despite having a 14-16-7 record, the Habs actually have two more points than the Bolts (15-17-3), which may surprise a few people. Both teams are struggling within their respective divisions and are looking to make a post holiday break splash.
Habs coach Randy Cunneyworth came up big earlier this week collecting his first win as a head coach in the NHL, beating the Ottawa Senators 6-2. It's a safe bet that the team we saw on the ice Tuesday night is the team fans have desperately been waiting to see.
Leading the team was Lars Eller on the top line, who scored short handed in the 1st to open the scoring. How he stayed off the 3 stars ballot is beyond me, but I found him to be the best Hab on the ice Tuesday night. After a terrible start to the year, Mike Cammalleri also is deserving of a mention after his performance last Tuesday. Cammalleri scored on a Louis Leblanc rebound and once he netted that goal it was easy to see how much confidence it gave him. Habs fans got to see the side of Cammalleri they had been missing all season.
After returning from a potential season ending eye injury, Martin St Louis is back and hasn't missed a beat, collecting 4 points in his last 3 games. Steven Stamkos has also been enjoying some sweet stats, collecting 13 points in the month of December. Stamkos is leading all Bolts this year with a total of 39 points.
So which Habs team will show up tonight? Will we be treated to another offensive-minded Habs squad, or will we go back to watching a team that struggles to hold a 1 goal lead. My prediction is that the season has turned around and it all started with the Lars Eller shorthanded goal from last game. Going out on the limb here to say Habs will take this game tonight 4-2.
Price and Garon should get the green lights between the pipes.
Game starts at 7:30pm and is being aired on RDS and TSN-HABSHD.