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GDT: March 16th, 7:30 pm. Montreal vs Colorado


Game Day Thread: Montreal's Edition

Montreal Canadiens (38-26-6-3) VS. Colorado Avalanche (38-17-12-5)
From the Bell Center, Montreal, Quebec.

Game Time: 7:30 PM, Tuesday , March 16th.
TV: Reseaux des Sports.
Radio: Ckac AM 730 (french Broadcast) and Team990 or CJAD 800 (english Broadcasts).

Previous Meetings this year: (None)
Last Game: Dec 6, 2002 - Habs 6, Avalanche 7

Preview:

OK, OK... I'm sure you all watched our last game (i did at 3am in the morning...). One thing is sure, We are ready for the playoffs. And tonight's game will be another test. The Avs, are another contender and top caliber team in the NHL. Even without Roy and most of the season without Forsberg, they played inspired hockey turned towards the offense. With the likes of Kariya, Hejduk, Selanne, Blake or Sakic, how could you go wrong? Scary you say? nah, we faced worst, and recently.
Our habs have nothing to fear if they play a full 60 mn's game like they did saturday night. Batman and Robin did shut down sundin's line, Koivu, Perreault and rejuvinated Richard "you've been Zednified" Zednik played like a remarkable 1rst top line. The addition of kovalev on the second line ( at first not a good idea from my point of view) adds tons of space to Ryder and Ribeiro (who plays 100 times better when he had some).
Julien can now rest his Veterans (Like Juneau and Dackell) for the playoffs. Bulis, Souray and Sundstrom, out with injuries, need space in the line up and Julien will have much to do to accomodate all his players.

News, Quotes and Notes:

. Colorado is first in the northwest division with 93 points, 3 points away from Detroit and the first Place on top of the western Conference.
. Forsberg, out with a groin injury, joined the team for their Road trip.
. Sakic took over and is doing a great job out there as always with 31 goals , 50 assists in 70 games.
. With the recent Bertuzzi/Moore incident (if we can call it that), Colorado is a little shaken up.
. I'll take this brief moment to wish the best recovery to Moore, and the best luck to the Avs' fan for the playoffs.
. Alex tanguay is out for 2-3 weeks with a knee injury. Hinote too with a probable dislocated shoulder. Bob Boughner is on IR since february 24th.
. Salo had a win in his first game with 26 saves. Nevertheless, Colorado's forum reports that he was quite nervous and didn't look so impressive
. Recent reports from Toronto suggest that leafs' fans still don't understand what happened to them on saturday.
. Can't stop loving "Batman and robin"'s line with Alfred being in their shadow (aka Jason Ward, obscure hero in last game, Good job Jason !).
. Zednik! Zednik! Zednik!
. Koivu! Koivu! Koivu! (i guess nobody thinks he's a bad captain anymore , and Ribs looks like a better player since the "altercation", don't you think?)
. About last Avs' game coach Granato said:
``The new guys have brought exactly what we thought they would. They've added a lot of enthusiam to our lineup. They've added depth and they've added a physical presence.''.
. About our last game:
``The intensity was really high,'' Perreault said. ``We're trying to improve our ranking. The Leafs are one of the top teams in the league and it was a big challenge for us. To be able to show that we can play.''
. Can we get better ? well yes; Bulis and Sundstrom are back in tonight's line up. Which makes Claude Julien to rearrange his lines.
. Souray is closing in on a return as we could be seeing him as soon as Friday. (Souray would be 1 week ahead of schedule)


Hab's Injuries:

S. Souray D
-Feb 10, 2004 -Injured Reserve -Sprained MCL (training, Probable return on Friday against the devils. Might be next week for precautions)
N. Sundstrom W
-Mar 03, 2004 -Day-to-day -Post-concussion Symptoms (training, Tonight)

<table width="420" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0" border="0"> <tbody><tr><td colspan="5" align="center" bgcolor="#FF0000" class="verw10">Teams Stats</td></tr><tr valign="top"><td><table border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td colspan="2" height="14" class="verb10"> -Avg. Goals For</td></tr><tr><td valign="top"> </td><td class="verb10">Habs 2.60 (14th)</td></tr><tr><td></td><td class="verb10">Avs 3.03 (3rd)</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" height="14" class="verb10"> -GA Avg</td></tr><tr><td valign="top"></td><td class="verb10">Habs 2.30 (10th)</td></tr><tr><td> </td><td class="verb10">Avs 2.36 (12th)</td></tr></tbody></table></td><td width="10"><spacer type="block" width="10"></td><td><table border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td colspan="2" height="14" class="verb10"> -Face of Wins %</td></tr><tr><td valign="top"></td><td class="verb10">Habs 52.0 (5th)</td></tr><tr><td> </td><td>Avs 49.7 (18th)</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" height="14" class="verb10"> -Save Perc.</td></tr><tr><td valign="top"></td><td class="verb10">Habs 91.9 (4th)</td></tr><tr><td> </td><td>Avs 91.7 (6th)</td></tr></tbody></table></td><td width="10"><spacer type="block" width="10"></td><td><table border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td colspan="2" height="14" class="verb10"> -PP Perc</td></tr><tr><td valign="top"> </td><td class="verb10">Habs 17.9 (8th)</td></tr><tr><td></td><td class="verb10">Avs 21.6 (3rd)</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" height="14" class="verb10"> -PK Pct.</td></tr><tr><td valign="top"></td><td class="verb10">Habs 81.9 (23rd)</td></tr><tr><td> </td><td class="verb10">Avs 84.6 (10th)</td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody> </table>


Bonus Stats: Last 10 games record:
team: Wins-Losses-tie-OTL
Habs 8-1-0-1,
Avs 5-2-2-1

<table width="420" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0" border="0"> <tbody><tr><td colspan="5" align="center" bgcolor="#FF0000" class="verw10">Scoring Leaders</td></tr><tr valign="top"><td><table border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td colspan="2" height="14" class="verb10"> Leading Scorer</td></tr><tr><td valign="top"> </td><td class="verb10"></td></tr><tr><td></td><td class="verb10"> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" height="14" class="verb10"> Mike Ribeiro</td></tr><tr><td valign="top"></td><td class="verb10">19 goals-40 a= 59 points</td></tr><tr><td> </td><td class="verb10"></td></tr></tbody></table></td><td width="10"><spacer type="block" width="10"></td><td><table border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td colspan="2" height="14" class="verb10"> 2nd Best</td></tr><tr><td valign="top"></td><td class="verb10"></td></tr><tr><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" height="14" class="verb10"> Michael Ryder</td></tr><tr><td valign="top"></td><td class="verb10">21 goals-34 a= 55 points</td></tr><tr><td> </td><td> </td></tr></tbody></table></td><td width="10"><spacer type="block" width="10"></td><td><table border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td colspan="2" height="14" class="verb10"> 3rd Scorer</td></tr><tr><td valign="top"> </td><td class="verb10"></td></tr><tr><td></td><td class="verb10"> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" height="14" class="verb10"> Saku Koivu</td></tr><tr><td valign="top"></td><td class="verb10">13 goals-39 a= 52 points</td></tr><tr><td> </td><td class="verb10"> </td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody> </table>


<table width="420" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0" border="0"> <tbody><tr><td colspan="5" align="center" bgcolor="#FF0000" class="verw10">Individual Leaders</td></tr><tr valign="top"><td><table border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td colspan="2" height="14" class="verb10"> Best Scorer</td></tr><tr><td valign="top"> </td><td class="verb10"></td></tr><tr><td></td><td class="verb10"> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" height="14" class="verb10"> Mike Ribeiro</td></tr><tr><td valign="top"></td><td class="verb10">59 Points</td></tr><tr><td> </td><td class="verb10"></td></tr></tbody></table></td><td width="10"><spacer type="block" width="10"></td><td><table border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td colspan="2" height="14" class="verb10"> Goals</td></tr><tr><td valign="top"></td><td class="verb10"></td></tr><tr><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" height="14" class="verb10"> Richard Zednik</td></tr><tr><td valign="top"></td><td class="verb10">25 goals</td></tr><tr><td> </td><td> </td></tr></tbody></table></td><td width="10"><spacer type="block" width="10"></td><td><table border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td colspan="2" height="14" class="verb10"> Assists</td></tr><tr><td valign="top"> </td><td class="verb10"></td></tr><tr><td></td><td class="verb10"> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" height="14" class="verb10"> Mike Ribeiro</td></tr><tr><td valign="top"></td><td class="verb10">40 Assists</td></tr><tr><td> </td><td class="verb10"> </td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody> </table>


<table width="420" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0" border="0"> <tbody><tr><td colspan="5" align="center" bgcolor="#FF0000" class="verw10">Special: Man of the hour ( who else? )</td></tr><tr valign="top"><td><table border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td colspan="2" height="14" class="verb10"> #20</td></tr><tr><td valign="top"> </td><td class="verb10"></td></tr><tr><td></td><td class="verb10"> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" height="14" class="verb10"> Richard Zednik, RW</td></tr><tr><td valign="top"></td><td class="verb10"></td></tr><tr><td> </td><td class="verb10"></td></tr></tbody></table></td><td width="10"><spacer type="block" width="10"></td><td><table border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td colspan="2" height="14" class="verb10"> Goals</td></tr><tr><td valign="top"></td><td class="verb10">25</td></tr><tr><td> </td><td class="verb10"></td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" height="14" class="verb10"> Assists</td></tr><tr><td valign="top"></td><td class="verb10">23</td></tr><tr><td> </td><td> </td></tr></tbody></table></td><td width="10"><spacer type="block" width="10"></td><td><table border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td colspan="2" height="14" class="verb10"> Points</td></tr><tr><td valign="top"> </td><td class="verb10">48 </td></tr><tr><td></td><td class="verb10"> </td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" height="14" class="verb10"> Extras</td></tr><tr><td valign="top"></td><td class="verb10">+11, 194 SOG</td></tr><tr><td> </td><td class="verb10"></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody> </table>

Starting Goalies and probable lines:

Jose Theodore VS David Aebisher


Montreal

Lines

Zednik - Koivu - Perreault
Ryder - Ribeiro - Kovalev
Sundstrom - Dowd - Bulis
Langdon - Begin - Dackell


Healthy scratches: Juneau, Dagenais


*Special*
None this time


Habs' standing(Record of 38-26-6-3)

Code:
Northeast Standings

           	GP  	W  	L  	T  	OTL  	Pts  	GF  	GA  	
 Boston 	72 	35 	16 	14 	7 	91 	184 	163 	 
 Toronto 	73 	39 	22 	9 	3 	90 	214 	187 
 Ottawa 	72 	38 	20 	9 	5 	90 	235 	160 	 	
 Montreal 	73 	38 	26 	6 	3 	85 	190 	168 	 
 Buffalo 	72 	31 	31 	6 	4 	72 	191 	199

Code:
    Eastern Conference Standings                   Western Conference Standings                       

          Team  	GP  	Pts                        Team  	Gp     Pts
 1. 	y-Tampa Bay 	72 	95              1.  	* Detroit  	71  	96 
 2. 	x-Philadelphia 	74 	94              2.  	* Colorado  	72  	93 
 3. 	* Boston 	72 	91              3.  	* San Jose  	71  	87  
 4. 	Toronto 	73 	90              4.  	Vancouver  	72  	87
 5. 	Ottawa 	        72 	90              5.  	Dallas  	72  	84  
 6. 	New Jersey 	72 	87              6.  	Calgary  	72  	82 
 7. 	Montreal 	73 	85              7.      Nashville  	72  	79
 8. 	NY Islanders 	71 	76              8.  	Los Angeles  	71  	79  
 ----------------------------------             -----------------------------------
 9. 	Buffalo 	72 	72              9.  	St. Louis  	72  	78
 10. 	Florida 	72 	69              10.  	Edmonton  	72  	74
 11. 	Atlanta 	73 	68              11.  	Minnesota  	71  	68  
 12. 	Carolina 	72 	66              12.  	Anaheim  	72  	67
 13. 	NY Rangers 	73 	63              13.  	Phoenix  	72  	61
 14. 	Washington 	72 	52              14.  	Chicago  	71  	53
 15. 	Pittsburgh 	72 	45              15.  	Columbus  	72  	52

My Worries: so many.... let's say; Kariya, Sakic, and Hejduk

,,

"Je me souviens" (Last game against Colorado.)
Code:
 No boxscore once again, sorry, game is too far away

Goalie            Shot    SV 
P. Roy COL          23    17 
J. Theodore MON     44    37



Recap and quotes from last year

The Colorado Avalanche are glad Radim Vrbata didn't follow his first instinct when he got the puck in overtime.

Vrbata looked to pass, but with his teammates covered he decided to shoot and scored a power-play goal 1:52 into the extra period as the Colorado Avalanche snapped a two-game losing streak with a 7-6 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night.

``I was just waiting for someone to get open and with a four-on-three advantage, you have a little bit more time to find someone,'' Vrbata said. ``They played everyone well and when nobody was open I took the shot.''

Colorado's Steven Reinprecht had tied the game in final two minutes of regulation, and Joe Sakic added two goals, Nos. 498 and 499 of his career, and added two assists.

Milan Hejduk had a goal and an assist on the seventh anniversary of the trade that sent goaltender Patrick Roy along with Mike Keane to Colorado in exchange for Jocelyn Thibault, Martin Rucinsky and Andre Kovalenko.

Doug Gilmour had a goal and two assists for Montreal, which is winless in its last four games and winless in six games played in Denver (0-4-1-1).

Montreal had killed seven previous power plays when Saku Koivu was sent off for slashing at the end of regulation. The power play carried over into overtime.

Vrbata sent a shot through a crowded crease and past Canadiens goaltender Jose Theodore.

``We found a way to win,'' Colorado coach Bob Hartley said. ``There were great chances on both sides, but the bottom line was that we got the tying goal late in the game and scored on the power play.''

In the final minutes of regulation, the Avalanche pulled Roy in favor of a sixth skater, and Reinprecht poked the puck under Theodore's glove with 1:16 remaining.

``It was a great decision by Bob (Hartley) to pull me in and put a sixth guy on the ice,'' Roy said. ``And Rhino scored a big goal for us.''

Gilmour scored on a shot off Randy McKay's leg a minute earlier to give Montreal a 6-5 lead.

Sakic sent a wrist shot past Theodore at 6:41 of the third period to tie the game at 5-5.

``You better win the game when you score six goals on Patrick Roy, and we didn't,'' Montreal coach Michel Therrien said. ``We moved the puck well and did a great job of killing penalties and still couldn't win.''

Montreal scored four goals on 11 shots in the second period to take a 5-4 lead.

Andreas Dackell and Mike Ribero scored 24 seconds apart to put the Canadiens ahead 3-2, but Dean McAmmond tied it at 3-all at 6:15 on his first goal with Colorado.

Montreal regained the lead at 7:21 when Chad Kilger flipped the puck over Roy's left shoulder, but Hejduk matched it with a wraparound goal at 13:16. The Canadiens took the lead on Stephane Quintal's one-timer, off a pass from Joe Juneau, at 16:29.

``It looked like my goal would turn things for a little bit, but they came back,'' Quintal said. ``You make a little mistake and guys like Sakic, Hejduk, Forsberg are going to put the puck in the net''

The Avalanche led 2-1 after one period on Skoula's second goal of the year. Skoula sent a slap shot from the slot through a screen past Theodore.

Sakic and Martin Skoula had first-period goals to give Colorado a 2-1 lead. Andrei Markov tied it with a power-play goal at 17:14, converting a pass fromGilmour.



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Sources: Yahoo.ca, www.canadiens.com, www.NHL.com, www.espn.com

PS: j.lroberts is away for the week. Don't be surprised to see another of my GDT in next game. GO HABS GO

PS: edited with a new link to complete stats for both teams.
Complete stats Thanks Dutchy !


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