Campoli Dresses But Why Is Emelin Not?
The Montreal Canadiens host the New York Islanders tonight and Jason gives us his thoughts on the game. One of the questions he had was if Chris Campoli would be dressing tonight. The Habs front office and coaching staff has never been too forthcoming with any information about the team or its' players. They like to keep us guessing and feel that a cloak of secrecy will give them a leg up on the opposition....anyways....
Chris Campoli has been out of the line up since he tore his hamstring against the Toronto Maple Leafs on October 6th. Since his injury Raphael Diaz and Alexei Emelin have stepped up and have each made a case to stay in the lineup. Yannick Weber has done everything to worthy a seat in the pressbox. The back end got even more crowded with the recent addition of Tomas Kaberle.
Campoli is back in the lineup and Emelin will be sitting. Emelin has finally began to play like he was advertised. He is a steady player and is the only Hab that consistently plays the body. Opposing players have now realized that going in the corner with Alexei will mean getting hit and hit hard. So why is he sitting tonight?
The Habs six defencemen tonight will be P.K. Subban, Josh Gorges, Hal Gill, Kaberle, Campoli and most likely Diaz. Yannick Weber might be dressed and play on the fourth line. Both Weber and Diaz are viewed at being more offensive threats that Emelin. Both were supposed to help on the powerplay but that hasn't occured and the powerplay has been dismal.
Subban and Kaberle should now be the number one powerplay unit and they should play the entire two minutes. Gorges can fill in whenever needed. You do not need Diaz or Weber. Emelin should dress and that way he can continue his improvement.
We will have to wait and see exactly how it works out tonight. Martin and Gauthier are very close to have played all the cards they have. The game against the Islanders will be the first time we get to see our full compliment of defencemen. Oh wait there is still Andrei Markov!
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