The Phoenix Coyotes will visit tonight following a great win on Saturday night against a struggling Senators team that managed 0 shots in the first 13 minutes of the game. The win was a good one for Carey Price who recorded his first shutout in a very long time. It was good one for Benoit Pouliot who was the current “I just need a goal so badly” title holder. It was a fantastic game as well as for the red-hot Andrei Kostitsyn who along with his line-mates Tomas Plekanec and Michael Cammalleri are putting together an early season-to-remember. We’ve all been saying a lot of ifs when referencing the Habs this season. If Carey plays well… If Kostitsyn can score some goals… If Pouliot could be of use to Gomez and Gionta. On Saturday night the Canadiens were visited by the if fairy in the form of the Ottawa Senators. It was just what the doctor ordered for a team that struggled to get anything going against the Devils one game prior.
Word is that Andrei Markov has been cleared for physical contact and could be in the lineup as early as this weekend which will undoubtedly be a huge boost to a struggling powerplay that is woefully inept despite most of the same players from last year’s unit being in the lineup. Markov won’t fix all of our problems, but he will provide the stability on the back-end that should snap our funk. He will make the best pass and will keep the puck in the offensive zone. It will be great for PK Subban to take a step back in order to learn from one of the game’s elite powerplay defensemen.
Lots of intriguing story-lines to watch out for tonight. The Habs have a respectable 9 points through 7 games, and can set themselves up for a great first month by giving a good showing against Pheonix, 2 games against the Islanders and the Panther’s on Devil’s night. The party gets started just after 7:30pm tonight.
Go Habs Go!!!!