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Game on!

  • The Montreal Canadiens begin their season tonight in Carolina against the Hurricanes.

    It will be the first of 3 road games spread out thinly over one week. The Habs will play in Toronto Saturday and not again until Wednesday against the Penguins in Pittsburgh. Not the most flowing of starts with the Canadiens flying home in between each game. It puts a little more emphasis on getting some points on the board early.

    The single point the Habs did not have to make the Playoffs in April comes from road trips and starts like tonight’s. With the Habs expected to battle for one of those last playoff spots, every game is crucial.

    Projected Lines

    Higgins-Koivu-Ryder
    Kostitsyn-Grabovski-Kovalev
    Latendresse-Plekanec-Smolinski.
    Bégin-Chipchura (Murray)-Kostopoulos

    Markov-Komisarek
    Hamrlik-Brisebois
    Bouillon-Streit.
    Gorges-Dandenault

    Cristobal Huet

18 Comments
  1. Pactum’s emotion, Habsynth’s crystal ball, 4mGhost’s bottle of Patron, Fan3 and Fuzz16 disputes, GHG’s powers of observation, and the wisdom of HabsBlog…bring on the 07-08 season!
    GO HABS!

  2. #2 Aurel1 says:
    October 3, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    Grabovsky- possible rookie of the year? On offensive he looks great.

  3. Oh yeah,the one point denide us by Taranna…ouch!New clean slate ,new members and hopefully better results…GO HABS GO…

  4. Grabby has shown flashes… we’ll see what he can do…

  5. #5 PACTUM SERVA says:
    October 3, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    hahahahahahahahaha nilan thats priceless,very observant.GO HABS GO

  6. Hello all. Been a diehard Habs fan since I was 7. I live in Ranger country smack on the middle of New York City.

    Anyway, I just started a blog: Habs fan in NYC. I’ll be updating almost daily.
    http://habsfaninnyc.blogspot.com/

  7. uummmmm Plekanec will be on the 2nd line. If not,Love Grabovski! One of oue defencemen do have to go though.(Dandenault). It ain’t personal.lol. I hate what TSN said about the habs being too small to score. fine lets get big guys and turn into the slowest team!Like Boston! we’ll do ok.The habs arent going emo from last years dissappointment,they are fucking pissed. I see Koivu,I know the habs will make it. Ryder,Higgins,kostitsyn,kovalev etc. will all get 50+ptswhile Koivu goes for 82 pts! GO HABS GO!!!

  8. It looks like our third line is better than our 2nd line?! don’t under estimate the power of Smolinski!

  9. Simply fearless predictions dept. says…

    habs 6
    canes 2

    kostitsyn nets a pair
    kovalev one
    higgins one
    brisebois one ( on the powerplay….no laughing you guys..lol )
    and last but not least streit nets one

    habs outshoot canes 37 – 21

    habs powerplay one for seven
    canes powerplay two for five

    man…gotta stop drinking rum so early through the week

    have fun y’all

    t-rum
    aka izzy

  10. #10 4mGhost says:
    October 3, 2007 at 7:03 pm

    Thanks Nilan…hope the knuckles are well. GO HABS GO!!!

  11. #11 chevy4CH says:
    October 4, 2007 at 12:08 am

    Ok, so we won. But all the goals were on the PP. You have to score 5 on 5!
    What the heck? They just can’t score even strength goals! That will prevent them from making the playoffs. Mark my words.
    And Breezer will definitely screw up at the Bell Centre, and the booing will start. He already turned the puck over, and the season just began. I can’t stand him, and I’m prepared to boo him right out of Montreal!!!!!!!!!!

  12. #12 superfan says:
    October 4, 2007 at 12:55 am

    stfu chevy, go drive your piece of shit elsewhere

  13. #13 Fan@Ottawa says:
    October 4, 2007 at 1:55 am

    6 Mark
    Posted on October 3rd, 2007 at 3:04 pm. About ‘Game on!’.

    Hello all. Been a diehard Habs fan since I was 7. I live in Ranger country smack on the middle of New York City.

    Anyway, I just started a blog: Habs fan in NYC. I’ll be updating almost daily.
    http://habsfaninnyc.blogspot.com/

    Many many Habs fans in New York state. I know a Habs fan group in the Massena, Bomby, Malone area, who often set up a team driving to Bell Centre in Montreal for Habs host games.

  14. #14 habs phan says:
    October 4, 2007 at 2:10 am

    we looked good tonight, grabovsky surprised me, brisebois scared me, and higgins was higgins. huet had a hell of a game and koivu was in it to win it. hamrlik was awesome i felt, he looked organized and made smart decisions with the puck. all in all i think the habs are on point. stoked for a new season. hope it’s a good one!!!! GO HABS GO!!!!

  15. #15 Jaker1 says:
    October 4, 2007 at 9:34 am

    Good road game.Koivu and Huet were what they have to be (THE STARS). Can anyone tell me what Carboneau was doing with Begin on the ice with two minutes left in a tie game. He should have gotten an extra two minutes for the late cheap shot from behind. Gainey should have stepped in when it came down to the fourth line. Young , Fast and smart is better than Old , slow and stupid.

  16. #16 groundworking says:
    October 4, 2007 at 9:44 am

    It is going to be a long year for us, but it’s still fun to watch a young team and to see the young players develop. I thought Kovalev played a good game, even though he back-checks like an old man playing shinny. None of the young players surprised me at all, but it’ll be worth watching the Habs this year just to see the young guys get better as the year goes on. And yes, my heart would race whenever Brisebois touched the puck–but the difference between this time in Montreal and last time is that he’s not so grotesquely overpaid.

    I also like what Jacques Demers said before the game: “they won’t talk to Kovalev 2-3 times this year. If it doesn’t work, he’s out”.

  17. Well said.

  18. #18 habmano says:
    October 20, 2007 at 11:24 pm

    Its like dejavu evry time i see the last two minutes of a game..theres a penalty and the chance of losing the game…its gonna be a long season if they dont start producing on the power play…and a great season if they keep up the hitting and attack on the net..kovalev has his lazy dayz doesnt he..lol.I would kick their ass at practice…the game against buffalo was lack luster performance and they showed no enthusiasm…even when they change on the fly there is no effort to to get off the ice…”just glide 30 feet on to the bench”,,..c’omon.!

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