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Habs set for season opener

So, the season is - finally - upon us. Three main storylines for tonight's tilt with the Maple Leafs as the season gets underway:

 

1) The kids are alright: Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher crack the Habs roster. Galchenyuk will play on the 2nd line, and while not confirmed, I suspect Gallagher 3rd line an PP time. Why? Coach Michel Therrien said multiple times that Gallagher would only stay if he was going to play regular minutes. Now, he may have stuck around solely as insurance for the time being, as Tomas Plekanec is banged up. However, both he and Galchenyuk have bright futures. When combined with the performance of Jarred Tinordi in camp, who most media say would easily have made the team had there not been such a logjam at defence, well, the future in Montreal looks bright indeed.

 

2) Injuries: get ready for a common theme this season. Injuries will abound with a tighter schedule and shorter camp. It's possible both Carey Price and Tomas Plekanec will not play tonight, but that seems highly unlikely. Combine that with PK Subban, and theoretically, the Habs could be minus three of their best players to start the season. 

3) Speaking of Mr. Subban...: the PK Subban holdout continues. A standoff between a rookie GM and a veteran agent. This could end tomorrow, or it could go on for months. There's no way to know. However, the Michael  Del Zotto and Alex Edler contracts have to help bridge the gap here. 2 years,  $10 million, or 6 years, $28 million. Both seem reasonable to me.  

And with that, the stage is set. A 48 game sprint to the playoffs. My prediction: the Habs win 25 of those games, and finish 6th in the East. 

But now, finally, the time for predictions is almost at an end. 

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Wow, to be watching a Habs game on Saturday night, it’s almost…...strange?

Posted by Curtis_NB on 01/19/13 at 12:24 PM ET

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