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Game 79: Sens/Habs

  • The Habs are hot at the right time. 5-0-1 in the last six.

    How can the powerplay continue to be so efficient without Andrei Markov and Mathieu Schenider? They will miss at least tonight’s game, possibly more.

    Two points tonight become more important as the Rangers will be desperately fighting for their season tomorrow.

  1. #1 Mats Naslund says:
    April 6, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Well, we finally get to witness the long anticipated debut of Doug Janik, the heavily touted prospect who was a key cog in the Steve Begin mega deal. Haha. Seriously though, hopefully he steps in and we don’t hear his name once during the course of the entire broadcast. That will mean he did his job and didn’t mess anything up.

    I’ve mentioned a couple times this year how terrible it would be for the Canadiens to lose Markov, but I never imagined he would be hurt at the same time as Schneider. What a terrible time for Montreal to lose two players who log over 20 minutes of ice time each. Clearly everyone on the blue line will need to step up in the absence of Markov and Schneider. O’Byrne and Janik need to play a simple and low risk game.

    Gainey has made an interesting move in bringing up Janik instead of one of the more offensive minded Bulldogs given the hole that will be left in the powerplay. Clearly he feels that Brisebois, Hamrlik and Gorges can pick up the slack on the back end of the PP. We may even see Komisarek out there, given that he has a pretty hard slapshot (even if it does end up hitting the player directly in front of him 90% of the time). The Habs will need to rely on the hard work of the forewards to carry the slack on the man advantage which is not necessarily a bad idea given that Koivu, Tanguay and Kovalev have an insane number of points in their last 5 games.

    Ottawa can be a dangerous team, but if we are careful on D and continue to get great work by all of the forward lines, we should still pick up the points.

  2. #2 Joseph says:
    April 6, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    I only hope that the injuries to Markov and Schneider are short lived ones. Indeed, what a time to lose not one but both of them.

    Meanwhile, there is a positive in that Gorges appeared to emulate Schneider on the powerplay which followed his injury – a non-hestitant blast from the point. Hopefully Gorges and Brisebois will fire at will tonight, because after all, it shouldn’t matter all that much who’s taking the shots as long as there’s traffic in front of the net.

  3. #3 Mats Naslund says:
    April 6, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Very true Joseph. I suspect the PP will run from Kovalev at the side of the net for either a cross crease pass or a pass into the slot. the second option if those plays aren’t available will be a blast from the point. My only hope is that we don’t see Breezer try one of his blind D to D passes that seem to be intercepted by the high defender every time. Again, less is more from anyone in a role they are not accustomed to. Do no harm.

  4. #4 Senet1 says:
    April 6, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    the important part of the PP is to get the shot on the net so it can be deflected or a rebound. That is what made Markov so good was his shot was almost like a pass and Schneider’s shot most of the time was on the net or deflectable.

  5. #5 Donnie says:
    April 7, 2009 at 10:00 am

    What a time for a giant boot in the n*uts being a Hab or a Habs fan. 2 of these guys lost in a game against the non-playoff bound Leafs…they must be loving it. Truth is guys, this is gonna hurt us soooooo much. Ya know, if we were still playing ugly hockey, I don’t think it would bother us as much…..but to have things just turned around, just when we a heading to the playoffs was great timing. This horrible luck to me means that it just wasn’t in the cards for this 100th season.
    Schneider for season ending surgury, and Markov for 3 weeks (which at this point of the season might as well be 3 months for all intended purposes).Sadly I watched the game last night as our PP converted back to the PP of a 28th ranked team. It hurts soo much after the struggles we’ve been and fought through to get here.
    What else can I say? This really blows, and doesn’t seem fair at all. The hockey gods really put the kaibosh on this season for us didn’t they. Very saddened and disappointed here…GO HABS GO !!!

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