Game 9 : Habs vs Isles

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The Isles roll into the Bell Center tonight, for the first of two meetings between these two clubs in three days. The Isles are off to a surprisingly quick start (4-2-2) despite the amount of injuries they had coming into the season. The Habs are sitting pretty at the top of the Eastern Conference(5-2-1) along with Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, and to everyone's surprise, the Toronto Maple Leafs. Tonight's match up will be a bit of a test for the Habs. Avoiding the Islanders power play is a must, and the Habs really need to find a fit on the 2nd line to compliment Gomez and Gionta. We'll be in big trouble if we depends on Cammaller, Pleks, Ak46 for all our offence tonight.

John Tavares is hot hot hot for the Isles. with 5 goals in 4 games, as well as Parenteau who's been dynamite on the power play. (7PP points) The Habs' Andrei Kostitsyn is keeping the streak alive, adding a game winning goal in overtime on Monday night against the Coyotes. In fact, the entire 1st line is looking pretty amazing out there. Combining for more than 50% of the Habs goals this season.

Kyle Okposo, Rob Shremp and Mark Streit are all still sitting on the Islanders IR list. Josh Bailey will be a game time decision. Andrei Markov still isn't ready for return tonight, however things are looking better and better for this coming Saturday. Like Prax said earlier this week on Twitter, it's something worth soiling your pants over : )

Carey Price gets the green light once again, starting his 9th straight game of the season. This ties his career high for consecutive starts. Rick "IR" Dipietro should get the call between the pipes for the Islanders.

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

P.S Heading to the game tonight!!! 2nd game this week!

Cheers!

-Kathryn Pateridis
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7 Comments

George Prax's picture

lol thanks for the mention there. Really can't wait for Markov to get back.

I'm going to go with another barn burner here... the Isles are one of the better offensive teams the Habs have faced yet and we're due for a high scoring game as we were on Monday. That being said it's going to be one of either two scores...

2-1
5-4

IMO. I'll pick the Habs to win 5-4 in a shootout.

Gomez and Gionta NEED to start producing. If Gomez doesn't get a point tonight, I'M dropping him from my fantasy team.

Oh, and don't forget the live blog tonight!

Kathryn Pateridis's picture

Habs are tired, but DiPietro will stink it up if he starts. If it's Roloson, we're in a bit of trouble. Tough to call this one. Going with me head today. 3-1 Isles.

Jason Pietroniro's picture

Like Kathryn said, it really depends on avoiding the Power Play. Regardless of our awesome PK ability, these guys are awesome on the Power Play. I think for the moment they are over achieving, so we should be able to ruin their party. I say 4-1 Habs, the 4th being an empty net. Price 1st star.

Frances's picture

ALRIGHT !!!
Habs are on fire... with Plex, AK46 and Subban burning especially bright. Nice to see another reassuring performance by Price and some great hustle by our background forwards (too bad Pouliot couldn't bring that one home) - now we just need Gomez & Gionta to find some spark and a healthy Markov to lock down our blueline and boost the PP - then we'll really be rolling Smile
Cheers to habs wins & hockey blogs !!!

Iain Carnegie's picture

Isn't it nice to look back on a game like that and realize that most of the people that were calling on it were right?

For a team that hasn't put up a ton of offense this year, clearly Habs followers (Bloggers especially) were able to see that there was a ton of goal scoring potential even when facing a strong offensive team like the Isles.

Nice to see that the Habs PK surprised us all a bit too.

Question now is ... How are the Islanders going to respond in their own barn on Friday night?

George Prax's picture

Friday night is going to be a much tighter game. Gordon's a good coach and he'll make sure the Isles aren't as piss poor defensively. But a good win for the Habs, here's to hoping they can keep it up!

Jason Pietroniro's picture

Yeah, going to be a tough one tomorrow. however, I felt yesterday was going to be a tough one. Not saying it wasn't, but 5 on 5 we dominated them.