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GDT NJ Devils @ Montreal, 19th Feb, 2012

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Projected Lines

Montreal

Forwards

Max Pacioretty – David Desharnais – Erik Cole

Rene Bourque - Tomas Plekanec – Mathieu Darche

Ryan White - Scott Gomez - Andrei Kostitsyn

Lars Eller - Aaron Palushaj

Defenseman

Josh Gorges - P.K. Subban

Tomas Kaberle - Alexei Emelin

Chris Campoli* – Raphael Diaz

Yannick Weber*

Goaltender

Carey Price

*Leblanc sits (ill)

Stat Leaders

Goals: Patches 24 Assists: DD 32 Points: Patches 45 +/-: Georges 15

New Jersey* As of Anaheim game on 17th.

Forwards

Parise – Henrique – Kovalchuk

Sykora – Elias – Clarkson

Ponikarovsky – Zubrus – Bernier

Boulton – Josefson – Palmieri

Defencemen

Greene- Fayne

Salvador- Volchenkov

Taormina – Foster

Goalie

Brodeur

Stat Leaders

Goals: Kovy 25 Assists: Elias 35 Points: Kovy 57 +/-: Salvador/Henrique

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Should be a good end to the weekend, I think Weber will be out, he barely played last game, just enough to take a dumb penalty and contribute some questionable defense. Will somebody wake this guy up? If you can't make this defense, where can you play in the NHL? Columbus? I really hope Budaj starts more games. There's no need to risk a Price injury.

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I'm stuck I'm oakville until the end of the week, so I'm glad today's game is on the CBC, so I can actually watch it, rather then listen to it on the radio.

I was actually going to go to buffalo last Friday for the habs-sabres game, but give I'm 0-6 watching habs-sabres games live, I didn't make the drive. What I was surprised was the number of tickets available for that game for pretty good seats. I guess with both teams sucking this year tickets are pretty easy to get.

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Any chance Geoffrion plays with Eller and Leblanc?

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Then we have the GEL line...................

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Any chance Geoffrion plays with Eller and Leblanc?

Considering Geoffrion is with Hamilton, none...for now at least.

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Should be a good end to the weekend, I think Weber will be out, he barely played last game, just enough to take a dumb penalty and contribute some questionable defense. Will somebody wake this guy up? If you can't make this defense, where can you play in the NHL? Columbus? I really hope Budaj starts more games. There's no need to risk a Price injury.

Weber looks more and more like a classic case of a guy who was brought up too early. He needed more time to marinade in the AHL and truly develop reserves of hockey know-how and self-confidence. As it stands, he routinely looks overmatched in his own end, and fails to make regular, confident use of the thing that got him here in the first place (his shot). I hope I'm wrong but my guess is that he is ruined for Montreal, and will need a change of scenery before it can be determined whether he's a legitimate NHLer or not.

EDIT: that second line (Bourque-Pleks-Darche) is brutal. Poor Pleks.

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Peter Harrold will take Foster's spot in the lineup. The underlying theme of the game, the PK battle. The Habs are at 89.1%, the Devils at 88.7. If the Habs want to preserve their lead atop the PK standings, they'll probably need to be perfect tonight.

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So how did those lines emerge? Put the Pacio - Desha - Cole together and then shuffle the rest? I know that the top line has worked great but maybe its time to split them up and see if they can get Pleks, Kosty, Eller or even Gomez going with a bit of consistency (spelling?).

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Go Habs Go !

BTW, it was nice to read that Geoffrion got a goal in his first game with the Bulldogs ! He tied the game at 2-2 at 15:27 of the third period, then the team went on to score 2 more goals in 38 seconds, then added an empty netter. Blake also got an assist on Hamilton's first goal. Not bad at all.

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So.. can Price steal some points again??/

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Price is wearing a new mask again.

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C'mon Gomer - get your old team! I'm on radio right now & they're saying Brodeur might be playing hurt. I missed the play when he was shaken up.

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Volchenkov with a bomb to the face

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Nice tip by Parise.

not shot for Price.

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Ugh, terrible period by Montreal. Their passes in the neutral zone have been pathetic.

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Anyone going to wach any of the Preds game tonight?

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So it's looking like the team mentality tonight is, relax, take it easy, the puck will put itself in.

Really hoping we decide to start skating in the second.

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Price is wearing a new mask again.

He switched to that mask for the 2nd period of the Buffalo game interestingly enough.

A rough period, the Devils did well to force the turnovers/sloppy play. Price had no shot on the NJ goal, that was just a really good deflection.

On the stat side, Eller is in Cunneyworth's doghouse again with just 2:27 of ice time. Palushaj at 1:55 is even lower. Leading the forwards? Kostitsyn at 7:03. White is looking to hit anything that moves out there, he has 3 hits already.

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difference between the devils and the habs - NJ can actually connect on their passes. The habs defence looks like pylons.

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Does Borque ever drive the net?

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