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Game #2 Oct. 6, 7:00 Montreal vs Pittsburgh

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Last game of road trip.

Julien says no changes and same lineup as opener.

Alzner scratched again, I like it but surprising him sitting 1st two games?

 

Of course the big question...how will Kid K do vs old man Crosby?

From NHL.com:

PITTSBURGH - Here's a look at the forward lines and defense pairings featured by head coach Claude Julien at Saturday's morning skate at PPG Paints Arena.

Tatar - Danault - Gallagher
Drouin - Kotkaniemi - Armia
Byron - Domi - Lehkonen
Hudon - Peca - Shaw

Plekanec
Scherbak

Mete - Petry
Reilly - Juulsen
Benn/Alzner - Ouellet

Price
Niemi

Rematch set for next Sat in Montreal

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I suspect Alzner will sit until Reilly sh*ts the bed.

 

The fact that Xavier Oullet is ahead of him on the depth chart tells you all you need to know. He's done like dinner.

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6 minutes ago, The Chicoutimi Cucumber said:

I suspect Alzner will sit until Reilly sh*ts the bed.

 

The fact that Xavier Oullet is ahead of him on the depth chart tells you all you need to know. He's done like dinner.

Given his experience, just signed last year and especially his salary, I just didnt think they scratch him right out of camp.

Now, we just need to see Benn sitting beside him in pressbox and try Brett Kulak instead.

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45 minutes ago, DON said:

Given his experience, just signed last year and especially his salary, I just didnt think they scratch him right out of camp.

Now, we just need to see Benn sitting beside him in pressbox and try Brett Kulak instead.

 

I definitely see it as a heartening sign that management is either genuinely letting the coaches call the shots, or that the whole group really is committed to a vision of going with youth and speed. We're not accustomed to that kind of coherence and commitment to results and merit from this organization. Good to see. The same is true of benching Pleks, with the difference that I feel bad for Pleks.

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For anyone wondering, Bob Cole has the call on HNIC as he begins his 10-game farewell tour.

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Not expecting too much tonight, based on what I saw from the Pens in their game vs. the Caps.  That sets me up to be pleasantly surprised at least, should they put up a good fight like they did in the Leafs game.

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2 hours ago, sbhatt said:

Not expecting too much tonight, based on what I saw from the Pens in their game vs. the Caps.  That sets me up to be pleasantly surprised at least, should they put up a good fight like they did in the Leafs game.

I think a big boon to the pens is a healthy Kris Letang. Expecting a huge year from him. Gonna be a tough night!

 

go habs go!

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Watching first game in a while. Gallaghers goal almost made me wake up my 10-day old son. 😄

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Didnt know dr recchi was assistant coach of the pens...

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Of course they're wining I pick them on pools 

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33 minutes ago, Dalhabs said:

Watching first game in a while. Gallaghers goal almost made me wake up my 10-day old son. 😄

 

Almost?  He must be a heavy sleeper then...  Congrats!

 

Juulsen seems to have a shoot-first mentality tonight.  It's not often we see that from him.

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Fun period!

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Domi is the playmaking Gallagher.

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3-0 and somehow Im still happy if we get one point from this game. Maybe I set my expectations to low?

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6 minutes ago, Dalhabs said:

3-0 and somehow Im still happy if we get one point from this game. Maybe I set my expectations to low?

 

Last season will do that to you. 

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It's getting harder to stay pessimistic about this game. Armia gets a goal, and Byron his third point of the night.

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That's four goals on just 14 shots. Murray allowed six on 36 shots in their opener and this is not any better.

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Tear up Byron's contract extension!

 

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Make it 4 million per year!

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To bad they gave up a goal at the end there but its really great to watch these habs. Young guys fighting hard and skating on and on.

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6 minutes ago, Dalhabs said:

To bad they gave up a goal at the end there but its really great to watch these habs. Young guys fighting hard and skating on and on.

 

Even if they don't make the playoffs this year, having a hard-working, exciting team would be a big advance in my books.

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The shorty from Armia makes the late goal allowed a lot easier to swallow.  Hudon has played just 4:15 so far - did he get hurt or has he just been benched?

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Granted Byron has three points, but Domi has looked like the best forward tonight. Just smooth with the puck.

 

Defensively, Juulsen has looked best. Nothing fancy, just smart and tough. (Learning from Weber?)

 

This team is full effort, they’re much better than most of you believed! 

 

 

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2 road games against two of the better teams in the East.. 1-0-1 and looked like the better team.

 

Good start fellas!

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