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by The Upper Canadien on 11/27/11 at 11:38 PM ET
I’m still recovering, and thus have someone else typing this for me, but a quick thought on Pacioretty/Letang: it shouldn’t be a suspension. Very similar to the Ryan Malone hit of earlier this year, more body on body than anything else, and I don’t believe there was any intent visible. Max Pacioretty did not intend to hurt Kris Letang.
That said, I wouldn’t be surprised if Pacioretty gets a game. Why? Gut feeling. He’s got a phone hearing, and Letang was bloodied. With the crackdown and all, I could see this being punishable. But I reiterate: I don’t believe it should be a suspension.
And a few quick Habs thoughts: They blew 4 points this weekend, got 1. That’s not what playoff teams do. Brian Gionta has been a defensive liability of late and doesn’t seem to be moving his feet. Something is wrong with Mike Cammalleri - my money is on an injury. And Yannick Weber, while he does have a nice shot, isn’t great at running a power play, and makes a fair number of mistakes. If I’m in charge, I package Weber and everyone’s favourite bozo-penalty man Lars Eller to get some help. Eller has some slick skills, but he takes horrible penalties at terrible, terrible times. More and more he’s reminding me of Benoit Pouliot - and that’s not a good thing.
Long-term though, the Habs will be ok. Carey Price will continue to bail them out on a regular basis, and the team will come together. Beyond that, they’ve got Travis “Bullseye” Moen to help score their way out.
This is still a playoff team. They just need to play tighter hockey. Big road trip in California this week - will Andrei Markov make his triumphant return? Lord knows the power play could use him.
And with that, back to recovery - hoping to be back to full-time (in other aspects of life too!) by the end of this week.
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