Game 11 : Habs vs Panthers

Ok. Ok. OKAY! Breath guys. Let's not get all "Leafs fan" about this and have a parade down St. Catherines Street. But the Habs are FIRST IN THE LEAGUE BABY! Not just the conference, or the division, but the entire league. The thing that worries me most about this quick start is the Habs ability to keep it up. Not to bash on my guys, but it's clear to see we won't finish the season in the same position. Now that we do have a small lead on some other teams, it's going to take even more effort from the entire team to stay up top. Luckily for fans, we get to see how they handle it tonight at the Bell Center against the Florida Panthers.

Florida comes into Montreal with the worst record in the league 3-5-0. To be honest, their record doesn't really represent them that well. They will not be an easy win. Vokoun has already had two shutouts this season and looks great as usual. With Horton being shipped out of Florida and up to Boston, the team is making the adjustments it needs to find some offense. In my opinion Florida will finish in the bottom of the conference but will be a harder team to play against than last year.

Something to be excited for is Andrei Markov will have his 2010-2011 season debut tonight. Markov who was injured against Pittsburgh last year in the playoffs will finally be back. Although we have found success without him, our power play has been terrible and we haven't had that bullet from the blueline that we've all desperately missed. Expect him to have a huge game. In his return from injury last year, he had two goals and an assist.

David Booth is lighting the lamp for Florida, with 3 goals and two assists in his last five games, while the Habs top line of Cammalleri, Plekanec and AK46 look to improve their stellar start to the season. Call me crazy but I'd really like to see Pouliot on the 2nd line tonight with Gomez and Gionta. Although Moen did score last night, Pouliot is a better fit for the line and I think he will produce more at the end of the day. That one's for you Dad ;)

Carey Price gets his 10th start of the season tonight facing Tomas Vokoun. Price has enjoyed a great start to the season and is one of the top 5 goalies so far this season. Alex Auld played a great game last night in New York city, so it looks like the goaltending situation is under control in Montreal. Phew.

Game starts at 7:00pm and is being aired on RDS and CBC.

Cheers!

-Kathryn Pateridis

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3 Comments

George Prax's picture

I don't want to get overexcited, but I think I have a good feeling for tonight's game. Markov's back, Price is on a roll and a lot of Habs are performing well, I'm going to say 5-1 Habs.

Kathryn Pateridis's picture

I hope your right, Prax! I think we got this in the bag, but I think it'll be a low scoring game. 2-1 Habs.

Frances's picture

UHHHHHHHH, damn.
I actually found the habs came out with good energy and sustained it for the most part... the problem was they weren't translating that energy into tight plays like we saw all week (fatigue?). If we weren't playing the Panthers our lack of finish and loose neutral zone control probably would've resulted in a much more one-sided game. Markov looked a little rusty at the beginning but it's exciting seeing him back out there... and props to Price for his 'double-save' on Booth's first breakaway!
Hope we can catch another W wave starting with the blue jackets Smile