Game Day : Habs vs Bolts

1300 Games. Roman Hamrlik may not be my favorite Hab lately, and I'd even go to the extent of saying that sometimes I find he's overused. But, I cannot take away the pretty incredible career he has enjoyed over his last 1300 games. Tonight marks an important night for the veteran D man. Very cool that it ended up being against the team that drafted him, the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Moving on, the Habs look to bounce back from the hard loss they suffered from the Washington Capitals earlier this week at the Bell Center. In the first game back at the BC since the Max Pac hit, fans were really into this game. Was it a let down?...Nah. I enjoyed it even though it was a loss. Carey was fun to watch, and at moments I had to check my eyes that we weren't back in the first round of last year's playoffs. The pace was excellent, it just went a bit sour midway through the third when the Caps scored the go ahead goal.

Tonight the Habs have their work cut out for them. They need to focus on jamming up the shooting lanes, and making sure to avoid odd man rushes at all causes. There are some dangerous players on the Bolts that Montreal just cannot afford to give any space too. Look for Vinny and Marty to light it up tonight, as per usual when they visit Montreal. Stamkos usually fares pretty well against the Habs as well. I expect Dwayne Roloson to get the start tonight. Should be a fun one tonight, as this might be a preview of this year's 1st round.

Who's hot? Travis Moen. Can you believe it. Must be a fun time for this guy. 6 points in 6 games, and his timing could not of been better. Of course, chances are it won't last, but Travis is creating some space out there, and getting himself where he needs to be to tap tap tap it in. Very happy for the guy. Andrei Kostitsyn is still putting pucks into the net. After going two games without a point, he got back on track and tallied an important GTG against the Caps. Carey Price of course is always hot. Do I even need to mention that?

Stammer has slowly pulled himself out of his dry patch and is scoring again! 5 game point streak for him. They may not be red hot at the moment but our biggest concern should be St Louis and Lacavalier. Like I said earlier, they shine brightest on the BC stage.

Should we even go through the injury list? As Steph D ( new Habs contributor ) mentioned in her blog, the list goes on and on and on. Recently added to it are Jeff Halpern and Tomas Plekanec. You know the rest. The Bolts are without Steve Downie and Randy "Bones" Jones.

Should be a good match up tonight. Predicting a low scoring game. If Habs get up quick on the Lightning I expect a classic JM shutdown attempt. Hope it works in our favor!

Game starts at 7:30pm and is being aired on RDS and TSN-HABSHD.

Enjoy!

-Jason Pietroniro

4 Comments

George Prax's picture

Good write up. I like Hamrlik a lot and yes he's overused, but what chose do we have with all the injuries? I hope he signs here again at half the price, for two years. Would be perfect to bridge the gap as new guys come up. despite all the free agents I think the Habs are in a good position on defense, as no one's really going to break the bank out of who's contract is up, other than maybe Wiz.

Tonight should be fun but I think it's going to be another game like Tuesday against the Caps... the Habs are just too undermanned and the Bolts will be too motivated, this being a potential 1st round match up.

George Prax's picture

Breaking: Jacques Martin and the Canadiens are saying that Pacioretty could start practicing full contact in 4-6 weeks.

Jason Pietroniro's picture

I enjoyed writing this one.
Heard the news about Pac, awesome. Hope theres no hiccups.