Game Day: Colorado Avalanche Vs. Montreal Canadiens

 

Game Day:  Colorado Avalanche Vs. Montreal Canadiens

7 PM in Montreal, Quebec, Bell Centre

 

Embarrassing and Surprising:  two words that can be used to sum up both teams.  The Avalanche have surprised the entire league with a three and one start having won their last three on the road.  But its embarrassing because no hockey pundit or fan could have predicted their start.  The Habs were embarrassed in their last playground outing against the Flames.  I use playground because all the fans are surprised at the lack of urgency surrounding the team.

 

Yes I know it’s early on but if you look at the league standings Colorado is fifth overall and the Habs are twenty-fourth.  You would have predicted the opposite records for both teams before the season started.  In the past when the teams did play each other, which isn’t a lot, you would think of the times when the Avalanche were the Nordiques or when Patrick Roy walked by coach Tremblay for the last time behind the bench.  Now all we can hope for is a win or at least some semblance of effort.

 

Who To Watch On The Avalanche:

Rookie Gabriel Landeskog, Matt Duchene and Ryan O’Reily:  any team in the league would love to have these three studs on their roster.  Second overall pick in last June’s draft Gabriel Landeskog has three points in his last two games and has fit in well with Matt Duchene who has the same point total in the past two as well.   Ryan O’Reily has four points in his last two games.  The single reason why the Avalanche are off to this hot start has to be their goaltending.  J.S. Giguere lead them to a win in Ottawa while Semyon Varlamov has two wins with a 0.968 save percentage.

 

Most Recent Game:

Colorado put up seven goals in a beat down of the Senators in Ottawa last Thursday night.  It was a little sweeter as they beat their ex-goaltender Craig Anderson.

 

Key Injuries:

None

 

Who To Watch On The Canadiens:

I could talk about all the players who have a couple of points in the past games.  I could talk about Carey Price but he isn’t the problem.  Lets just put every single skater who wears a Habs sweater in this discussion.  Not one player has shown any real jump on a consistent basis.  The lines have been changed up for tonight.  Moen will play with Gomez and Gionta.  Pacioretty will start with Desharnais and Kostitsyn and Eller will skate beside Plekanec and Cole.

 

Most Recent Game:

An embarrassing home opening loss to the Calgary Flames four to one.

 

Key Injuries:

No new injuries occurred during last game.  That sounds different!  Markov and Campoli are on injured reserve.  Spacek is day to day while Cammalleri is out indefinitely with a cut above his knee.

 

The game starts at 7 PM and will be on CBC and RDS.

 

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