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David Aebischer in Montreal

  • The Habs are at home tonight to take on the visiting New York Rangers. David Aebischer whether he plays or not, will be wearing the Bleu Blanc et Rouge for the first time in his career.

    Who will start? Bob Gainey has said there is “No #1 goalie” and the way Cristobal Huet is playing it’d probably be wise to stick with the hot hand. Gainey may also want to wait for a road game before starting Aebischer as a fickle Canadiens crowd could tear him apart and get inside his head if he happens to have a bad game at home. That combined with the fact that he said he’s “tired” and hasn’t slept much leads us to believe Cristo will be in between the pipes tonight.

    The Rangers are leading their Division and the Jaromir Jagr factor alone should make it a challenging game. The Rangers and Jagr are fantastic surprises this year. Jagr leads the league with 92 points and 43 goals and looks almost a lock to take the scoring championship for I believe the 6th time.

    Jagr usually does well in Montreal too, but I guess when you score that much there aren’t many arenas you don’t play well in.

    The Senators did the Canadiens a favor by handing the Thrashers their first loss in 5 games. Let’s hope that streak continues, the Thrashers are only 3 points behind the Canadiens.

    Toronto will take on Tampa Bay tonight in an interesting game. Who do you cheer for? The Canadiens are trying to catch the Lightning and the Leafs aren’t quite out of it yet and are trying to get back into the pack of potential playoff teams. I’d wager the Leafs still won’t have enough to make it so they have permission to steal 2 pts off Tampa tonight and help the Canadiens reach 7th spot.

  1. #1 Nolan says:
    March 11, 2006 at 2:07 pm

    Smart move by Gainey. Why would you change something that doesn’t need to be changed? Huet is doing amazing and so you wouldn’t want to stop that. He is doing so much for the habs right now. Aebischer will have his chance to shine but for now its Huet turn.

  2. Huet most definitely deserves the start after a shutout and if he doesn’t it is going to cause some unrest. Aebischer should deinitely wait for a road game, I agree.

  3. #3 riser8 says:
    March 11, 2006 at 5:37 pm

    Huet will start tonight. I believe Gainey will put Aebischer in against either TB or Carolina. The sooner the better as Aebischer has been playing great over the last two months and you want to be able to take advantage of him holding the hot hand. Its nice to have both of your goalies playing well at the same time. Good luck Abby!

  4. That was a great move but I bet any money that theadore will start playing good. now that he is with colorado

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