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Canadiens @ Flyers - October 27th, 2003

In a game which Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu is once again doubtful to dress, the 5-3 Canadiens will take on Robert Esche and the bigger, stronger Philadelphia Flyers.

Game Time: 7:00
Venue : Wachovia Centre (what a name)
TV: RDS, CSN
Radio : CKAC, CJAD, WIP

Probable Starting Netminders: Jose Theodore (4-3-0, 2.00 GAA, .922 SV) vs. Robert Esche ( 0-1-1, 3.35 GAA, .865 SV)

Canadiens Line-Up:

#81 Hossa - #71 Ribeiro - #20 Zednik
#37 Sundstrom - #94 Perreault - #82 Audette
#38 Bulis - #90 Juneau - #24 Dackell
#73 Ryder - #22 Begin - #17 Ward


#79 Markov - #52 Rivet
#44 Souray - #5 Quintal
#00 TBD - #43 Brisebois



Flyers Line-Up:

Projected to be

#8 Recchi - #97 Roenick - #11 Amonte
#12 Gagne - #26 Handzus - #14 Williams
#19 Chouinard - #25 Primeau - #24 Kapanen
#10 Leclair - #13 Lapointe - White

#37 Desjardins - #6 Therrien
#5 Johnsson - #2 Weinrich
#44 Pitkanen - #28 Ragnarsson



^ Note : No word on whether or not Kapanen, Gagne or Johnsson will play - minor injuries for all of them.

Canadiens Scratches:

# 15 Langdon (day-to-day), #25 Kilger (eye), #65 Hainsey/#51 Bouillon(healthy), #88 Higgins (sent to Hamilton), #11 Koivu (knee)

Flyers Scratches:

#23 Vandermeer (healthy), #87 Brashear (MCL), # 20 Somik (meniscus), #00 Peluso (healthy), Kane (healthy), ?

Key Questions:

- How will RD Craig Rivet rebound after a poor game vs. the Senators? And Theodore?
- Can Richard Zednik, the Habs' top scoring threat, break out of his four game pointless slump?
- How will Robert Esche perform after a dissapointing first two outings?
- Will Eric Chouinard show that he is worth more than the second rounder we received for him?
- Does Claude Julien take Ron Hainsey's size and skill, or the heart of little Francis Bouillon?
- If Donald Audead does not step up his game, does he sit for Koivu's return? On a side note, have the Habs iced the worst second line in the NHL?

Match-ups:

- Bulis, Juneau et Dackell vs. Recchi - Roenick - Amonte
- Hossa, Ribeiro et Zednik vs. Gagne - Handzus - Williams
- Esche vs. Theodore
- Souray vs. Ragnarsson
- Zednik vs. Williams
- Johnsson vs. Markov

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