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  • Pre-Season Game 1: Habs/Stars

    Holy hell its Hockey Time!

    Can you even believe it?

    Its been a long summer with very little in the way of actual Habs news save for July 1st. The baseball season has done a good job of keeping me distracted, but its not the same. And while tonight is only a pre-season game with very few regulars in the lineup – it DOES count as hockey. I’m pumped.

    Carey Price will start in goal. Word is that he preemptively told newspaper reporters to run with the headline: “Chill Out!” this morning.

    7:30 PM Start time. RDS and Team 990 for the broadcast.

  • Looking Forward:

    September! Its time to get back in gear hockeyfans!

    Ok. You still have a month guys so don’t get too excited, but this is closer than August.

    My question is: What are you looking forward to the most next season?

    Is it the debut of Eric Cole in a Habs jersey?

    Alexie Yemelin’s NHL debut?

    Another season of Scott Gomez?

    I can tell you that I’m totally excited for the 3rd line.

    I know, I know – that is crazy right? Still, while most people are thinking about the big money guys – Markov, Cammalleri etc., I’m very curious to see what Jacques Martin does with the 3rd line. Personally I would love to see Lars Eller have an opportunity to play serious minutes between David Desharnais and Andrei Kostitsyn.

    There were times last year when I thought Eller showed incredible skill. His willingness to go into corners (and size to come away with the puck) is something the Habs have not had in a while. Unfortunately, for most of the year he played with plugs. Andrei Kostitsyn has serious skill – we know this. If he plays with guys who can get him the puck he can do serious damage. David Desharnais has scored at a point per game clip at every level of hockey that he’s played. My feeling is that if Montreal can get these three players on the ice against the 3rd line of most other teams, they’ll be wildly successful. All three are good passers, while Desharnais and Kostitsyn have both shown that they can score in gaudy bunches.

    So that’s what I can’t wait for, How about you?