Three weeks into the regular season and we finally get a chance to see our old buddies up north, the Montreal Candiens. Many expected the team to put on a shitshow on the ice second only to the Toronto Maple Leafs. instead the Habs are 6-2-0 and a point behind Boston for lead in the Northeast... and the East for that matter.
Habs have had some big(ish) moves, mainly buying out Scott "No Goal" Gomez who is now working on the San Jose Sharks PP unit. The Habs have also Rene Bourque who struggled with Montreal last year but has been a bit of a beast for the team so far this season. He had 8 points in 38 games in the 2011-2012 season; this year he has 5 points in 8 games, so good for you Montreal. You got a Bourque who can score.
Speaking of "good for you", the Habs finally re-inked PK Turtle Subban to a two year deal worth pretty such shit. Not sure why PK was holding out if he was just going to take an awful contract anyways, but there ya good. That's some good GMIng right there. But to counter-balance that good deal the team has outlawed the "Triple Low 5" that Price and Subban do after wins because MONTREAL HATES FUN. Way to run the kid out of town, Montreal. Not that they know anything about that... right, Patrick Roy?
Oh, and PK gave himself a nickname -- Subbanator -- which might be the douchiest thing to happen since Carey Price tried growing a mustache.
Listen, Carey. You're name isn't Freddie Mercury. You can't pull that shit off.
But going back to PK's nickname, there was one suggested on twitter that we think should really catch on:
I choose you!!!!
More after the jump...
Let's Travel Down Memory Lane:
Ok, back to business...
We think Marchand will play. He was in the second-line yellow jersey in Tuesday's practice. There will be no Thornton or Paille, though. And pretty sure Krecji will be all set as well, so don't think we'll see Ryan Spooner suited up quite yet. Sorry Provy fans! Maybe we're wrong?????
UPDATE: Now it sounds like Marchand won't suit up. Spooner time.
Brad Marchand not on the ice for the Boston Bruins. It doesn't appear that he'll go tonight against the Canadiens #BruinsTalk— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) February 6, 2013
Updated the projected lines based on the morning skate... can't believe PROVO-LINE is a thing now.
Lucic - Krejci - Horton
Seguin - Bergeron -
Peverley - Kelly - Bourque
Campbell Spooner- MacDermid
Chara - Boychuk
Seidenberg - Hamilton
Ference - McQuaid
Game Day Links:
- Justin was a guest on the Fantasy Bookies Podcast on Tuesday to talk Bruins-Habs and other NHL stories. Give it a listen.
- Bruins have some mixed feelings on all the goalie interference calls going around. We think they suck.
- HabsEyeonthePrize has a gallery of Crying Marchand pics
- Jon wrote a novel about how the Sabres are bigger babies than the Habs. Bwah!?
- "I'm looking forward to facing Chara." -- Said No One Ever... oh wait, I guess Brendan Gallagher did. Oops.
- Good Hockey Etiquette post from the SCoC. Especially #1, 4, 8 and 12.
Game Day Video/Photo:
Time to Go!