The Habs welcome the Senators to the Bell Center tonight for the first home game of their season.
Cristobal Huet will be between the pipes despite David Abeischer’s recent strong play. Guy Carbonneau said he planned to start Huet in the home opener from the beginning because he deserved it after his play last season. Can’t argue that.
On opening night one year ago, Cristobal Huet wasn’t even mentioned as a member of the team. Recovering from a knee injury and considered a ‘toss in’ on a deal to acquire Radek Bonk he was left out of the opening ceremony.
Fast forward to tonight and he should receive one of the warmest welcomes of any Hab on the ice. How things change.
How important is the game itself? Very. Although it’s only game 4 it is the first of eight divisional games against the Sens who have struggled out of the gate and find themselves last in the Division.
Which Sens team will show up? The team shut out twice in 4 games or the sleeping giant offensive powerhouse?
If you believe in past performances Ray Emery should get the start over Gerber who struggled badly against the Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs last year. Then again Ray Emery has never impressed in Montreal once being shelled for 4 goals in the opening period.
If the Canadiens get the two points tonight the Sens will have dug themselves a hole very early in the season.
Tonight also marks fan favorite and rookie Guillaume Latendresse’s first regular season game in Montreal. A couple question marks surround Alex Kovalev and Craig Rivet who both skipped practices to rest minor injuries. They are expected to start but if Kovalev can’t go Latendresse is expected to get a chance on the second line.