Game 6 : Habs vs Devils


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A very busy night in the NHL this evening, but our eyes will be on the prize in Montreal to see if we can improve our record to 4-1-1. After 5 days without a Habs game, expect the fans to be ready for a ripper tonight. JM has decided to throw 3rd liner Tommy Pyatt on the 2nd line to play with Gomez and Gionta. Not sure this is the answer our offence is looking for, however you can expect to see a fired up Pyatt doing everything in his power to ensure a few more chances on the top six.

On the Devils side of things, Jersey rolls into Montreal with a 1-4-1 record. I expect to see some desperation out of this club. Also wouldn't be surprised to see Brodeur play a great game. He usually lights it up when he plays here in Montreal.

Tomas Plekanec looks to keep up the success. He's got 2 goals and 3 assists in just 5 games. Ilya Kovelchuk will be dangerous tonight as well. Along with Brodeur, he usually responds well to the Montreal fan's energy.

Markov is still not ready to play yet. Still sidelined with the knee injury. On the Devils side, Dmen Anton Volchenkov, Bryce Salvador, Anssi Slamela are out with injury as is forward Bryan Rolston. Looks like a short bench for Jersey once again.

This is the first of four meetings between these two clubs. Habs/Devils games are usually always entertaining. I believe if Price can keep up the solid work between the pipes and we can avoid New Jersey's power play we have a shot at a close game. It's a tough game to call, it all depends on the first period. If we can frustrate the Devils even more, I think we have a shot at this. If Jersey finds success early, I hate to say it, I think we are in for a beating. Time will tell.

Game starts at 7:30pm and is aired locally on RDS.

Cheers!

-Kathryn Pateridis
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6 Comments

George Prax's picture

4-2 Habs.

I really felt like I should have put the Devils but I don't think it's the right time for them to come out of their slump. Brodeur's due for a bad game in Montreal and I think he's going to get it.

Gionta and Gomez need to step it up, as I said in my blog yesterday. Tom Pyatt isn't the right person for that line, but I think that he won't spend the entire night on that line. Gionta and Gomez playing against their old team, in the semi-slump they're in, I say they break out and lead the Habs to victory no matter who's on their wing.

Will be missing the end of the game as I'm going to a comedy show so I hope we get some good action at the beginning!

Kathryn Pateridis's picture

Ur going to miss the end, Prax?!?!
Im back and forth for who will walk away with the win. I'd love for another bad game for the Devils. Like I said, I think it's going to all depend on the first period.

My heart says 3-2 Habs.
My brain says 3-0 Devils.

Greg Balloch's picture
Kathryn Pateridis wrote:

Ur going to miss the end, Prax?!?!
Im back and forth for who will walk away with the win. I'd love for another bad game for the Devils. Like I said, I think it's going to all depend on the first period.

My heart says 3-2 Habs.
My brain says 3-0 Devils.

You have a very smart brain!

Frances's picture

I'd say a quick start is key to the habs' success tonight. Hopefully coming off this relatively long rest won't prove to cause a sluggish 1st period and we can carry the momentum of our two big divisional wins last weekend into tonight. Fortunately, I don't think overcoming a one- or two-goal deficit will be as insurmountable as it has in the past against Jersey because of their weakened defensive corps. Both teams aren't as tight on the blueline as they potentially will be, so I think tonight will be a battle of offensive flow. Here's to hoping Price can shut it down when the bounces go Jersey's way! GO HABS GO !!!

-devoted to 4:30 pm games in BC

Kathryn Pateridis's picture

I hate my brain!

George Prax's picture

Damn you. Good call lol.