Get ready for some fantastic neutral zone plugging! Heres hoping for an early Habs lead, and more of the same effort we saw against the Panthers.
The lay off has come at a very good time for the Montreal Canadiens in that many of the guys who were a little nicked up from the frenetic pace of the Olympic squished NHL season, have had the opportunity to simply give their bodies a rest. Even though it is believed that Sergei will miss more games once the Canadiens resume play, it could have been much worse had the Canadiens played two games this week. With Andrei on the shelf for 6 weeks, the Habs desperately need someone to step up to fill in on the Plex, Cammy line. Sergei is arguably Montreal’s best option.
The lay off has also given our goalies a little time away from the swirling winds of trade and controversy. I honestly think a little down time is good for both young netminders – but especially for Price who despite very good performances this season, has not gotten the results that he wanted. The lay off gives both guys an opportunity to practice and get back to the basics of what has made them so successful this season.
The other benefit of a longer layoff is for the coaching staff. In the back to back grind of the NHL season it is rare that a team gets a chance to actually prepare and work on strategy. This layoff has given the coaching staff an opportunity to evaluate the team and the play of many of the players thus far. I wouldn’t be suprised to see some small tweaks in our play once we resume with a game against Dallas in Montreal on Thursday.