Risky bet. Nevermind the injuries, Montreal is 2-4-1 vs. the NE this season. Ottawa's got 4 wins in a row, and plays solid defensively. It'll be a tight game, and I predict an OT win.
Well we dropped 2 to the leafs, 1 mess up against the sabres and a solid game against the Bruins.
I don't see our divisional record as indicative for much. Ottawa does have 4 win's a row however we beat the Rags more convincingly than they did, and the Leafs laid a stink bomb the other night and were 24 seconds away from Overtime.
Plekanec’s line will continue to be the #1 line in terms of TOI but, without a true superstar upfront, I see no reason to assign rank/number to our top 3 lines. On a specific night, any given of our top 3 line can be our #1.
It would also imply one of the best 4th lines in the whole league: Moen – White – Prust.
I mentioned on numerous occasions that I am a fan of Prust on the top 3 lines because it does spread the toughness. Having Moen, White and Prust play together somewhat is akin to going back to last season softness festival. However, Eller did step his game up a notch and his line really looked good vs the NYR so I also expect, assuming everyone is ready to go, Prust on 4th.
Bourque - Plekanec - Gionta
Pacioretty - Desharnais - Gallagher
Galchenyuk - Eller - Cole
Moen - White - Prust
Not bad... not bad at all!
Dropping Cole to line 3 was brilliant. He will not complain, and it saves his legs. That's a killing 3rd line.