Tender won't catch up Pleks and Sammy. You thought Ribs was slow, Tender is even slower.
Ribs was/is slow, but he was/his also a midget. Tender might not be the fastest between blue lines, but try to take the puck off him in the red zone...Good luck. The Hens players found out about it at Scotiabank Place a couple of weeks ago.
All Tender needs is someone to feed him the puck in the red zone. The rest will be done.
I don't see why Latendresse should get his chance before Perezhogin considering the fact that he has been one of our best player in the first three games.
Sammy-Pleks-Prez would be the fastest Hab line in a long time , and we know that Plekanek-Perezhogin work very well together. One the third line, we might get to see the supposed chemistry between Bonk and Latendress in a game that matters.
I think Latendresse on the second is more wishful thinking from the writer than anything. Did anyone notice he did not quote Carboneau, or any other source, in that statement?
"If he is not capable of playing (Kovalev), it will be youngster Guillaume Latendresse who will replace him within the 2nd line consisting of Plekanec and Sergei Samsonov. Latendresse practiced with both players on Friday"
Kovalev will be in the line up for the opener. He will skate tomorrow and be ready to go.
Should the Canadiens PP struggle early expect Emery to see the numbers 84 directly infront of him on the powerplay!
Carbo made it clear that Tender has to pay his dues on the fourth line but will do what he can to give the kid the experience and opportunities he deserves after his 2 strong training camps. Carbs has also said he wants to give Tender some PP time this season along with filling in the top lines when injuries occur. I'm sure this Kovalev thing is minor and will be a short-term solution/opportunity for Tender to show his stuff, but in the case of possible long-term injuries to our forwards I doubt he'll get the same playing time as more experienced players on the team