Kukla's Korner Hockey
by The Upper Canadien on 12/21/10 at 09:13 PM ET
A 9 pm puck drop tonight as the Canadiens take on Dallas. Word is that Andrei Kostitsyn and Yanick Weber will be healthy scratches, though you never know anything with Jacques Martin until his lineup card is handed in.
It appears Lars Eller will get a further look on one of the top two lines. I hope to see Pouliot get a bit more ice time as well. It stands to reason that after a solid year thus far, and a lack of production from the top two lines, that Benny deserves a shot. Yet Benny was on the fourth line and the extra man at practice yesterday, so who knows.
As for the defence, PK Subban skated with Hal Gill towards the end of Sunday night’s loss to Colorado. An interesting tandem and perhaps a more natural fit for Subban, as Gill stays back and covers for the young Torontonian. Subban hasn’t looked as confident since his healthy scratch streak two weeks ago. Which Subban will show up tonight?
Random thought/question of the day
It’s becoming clear to most that the Habs can compete with almost anyone in the NHL - as long as Carey Price is on. When Price is off, the Habs don’t have the offensive pieces to challenge. Price gives the Habs a chance to win just about every game - but can he play 70-75 games?
And a sidenote - Happy Holidays to all. My posts will be sporadic over the next week or so with a plethora of family in town and some travel squeezed in. However, I’ll still be checking in, and I’ll be back in regular form as 2011 begins. All the best to Habs - and hockey - fans everywhere.
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