The western Canadian road swing continues tonight at 10 ET tonight as the Habs meet the Canucks at GM Place. Carey will start in net tonight and will likely be playing in front of family and many friends. He’ll need to be huge tonight as the Canucks are reeling after 3 straight losses to start the season. I say he’ll need to be huge because the Canucks have drastically outshot their opponents so far this year, but to no avail. While the Canucks struggles have started and ended in net, they are a mirror image of the Canadiens who have relied on strong goaltending in order to win.
As has been noted here and elsewhere, Marc Andre Bergeron has been signed in order to fill the giant hole left by the absence of Markov and O’Byrne on the Habs D. Don’t expect him tonight though – he has been sent to Hamilton for conditioning since he has not played this season. Weber should expect to see a few more games in order to better convince Canadiens’ management that he deserves to stay.
On a side note: anybody else figure it would only take a few more games before Gainey turned to Sergei Kostitsyn had he simply gone to Hamilton quietly in the first place? D’Agostini and Pacioretti have both looked bad if not invisible through the first 3 games. It makes you wonder how much his agent played into the decision considering Sergei’s contract in the AHL is only worth about $65,000 this season. Which would you want: 10% that number or $750,000?