Game 8 : Habs vs Coyotes

Photo Credit: Glenn James

After a great game in Ottawa this weekend, the Habs return home for a rare but exciting match up against the Coyotes. Heading into this game, the Habs have 9 points while the Coyotes, with 6, look to jump out of the basement of the western conference. Coyotes are keeping their fingers crossed with Scottie Upshall, hoping his return from injury wasn't premature. Upshall has 4 points in 6 games.

Eyes will be on Andrei Kostitsyn tonight as he looks to keep the hot streak alive. With his 2 goals in Ottawa he leads the team in goals and is tied with Tomas Plekanec in points.

Look for Price to get the start tonight after shutting out the Sens on Saturday. Carey stopped all 19 shots on goal to land his first shutout since 2008. Price looks great in the first 7 games, and nothing is pointing toward any type of goaltender meltdown.

Ilya Bryzgalov will be between the pipes for Phoenix. While he record isn't as impressive as Carey's this season, Bryzgalov is playing some outstanding hockey with a 2.54 GAA and a .929 SV%.

Coyotes will be without their Captain, Shane Doan, who will be sitting out his final game of a 3 game suspension. It's a real shame that he's out for this one, as I'm sure he'd get a kick out of playing against his cousin, Carey Price. They will also be without center Martin Hanzal, who's out with a lower body injury.

Habs are still missing veteran Dman Andrei Markov, while Boyd and O'Byrne will be watching from the press box as healthy scratches.

Game starts at 7:30pm and will be aired on RDS, and on TSN. (Regional Premiere)

Cheers!

-Kathryn Pateridis

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13 Comments

Kathryn Pateridis's picture

Call me crazy, but with both teams' defense first style of play, this one will actually counter-act itself and wind up a high scoring tilt. I say 5-4 Habs. No overtime.

Kathryn Pateridis's picture

Almost forgot!
Keep an eye out for Pyatt vs Pyatt .

George Prax's picture

And of course, Pyatt will start on the 2nd line again, even though he's done nothing there and Pouliot actually scored a goal on Saturday. J-mart Logic is amazing.

I actually with your score Kathryn, I think we're due for a barn burner in Montreal. Should be a good one!

5-4 Habs.

HabsFan1980's picture

3-1 Habs...Carey is on fire!!!

Jason Pietroniro's picture

4-2 Habs but Ray Whitney scores both 'Canes, opps I mean Coyotes goals. Still sad. yea..Still sad..

By the way, Canes blog up soon. BUSY BUSY BUSY

George Prax's picture

http://www.cjad.com/Blog/HabsNews/blogentry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10155347

Canadiens assistant captain Andrei Markov will be in the lineup Saturday, barring any other further setbacks in his recovery. Coach Jacques Martin says this weekend, not Wednesday will be when his veteran defenseman returns to duty. But a source close to the team tells CJAD 800 the plan is for Markov to see his first regular season game action at home against the Panthers, not Friday night on Long Island against the Islanders.

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Frances's picture

I say (wish...) Price goes for a ride and pulls off another shutout.
4 zip for the good guys!

demez's picture

Hopefully Gomez and Gionta will realize the season started and join the rest of the team.

Cinerichabs88's picture

what an end to a fabulous game!!!! go

George Prax's picture

No idea what the hell happened to Andrei (actually, it's the contract year and his brother leaving, in all likelihood), but I like it.

Jason Pietroniro's picture
George Prax wrote:

No idea what the hell happened to Andrei (actually, it's the contract year and his brother leaving, in all likelihood), but I like it.

I doubt Sergei leaving made much of a difference. Didn't seem like he cared much about him lol. However I'm more than certain you give a Russian/Belarussian a RFA season. And He'll score, hit and throw pucks to the crowd when being called first star at home.

He's always had these skills. I say enjoy the 30 goal season he gives us, and trade his rights for something more konsystint. See what I did there Wink