The Montreal Canadiens, having scored only two goals in three games, will most likely be without the number one player and team captain, Saku Koivu. The Habs' captain, who has made the trip to Boston, is still doubtful for Thursday night's game with a sprained knee.
Game Time: 7:00 PM EST, 4:00 PM PST Venue : Fleet Center TV: RDS Radio : CKAC, CJAD
Probable Starting Netminders: Jose Theodore (4-4-0, 2.37 GAA, .913 SV) vs. Andrew Raycroft ( 3-1-1, 1.64 GAA, .944 SV)
^ Note : When asked of the status of Rob Zamneur, coach Mike Sullivan said he was "hopeful".
#65 Hainsey/#51 Bouillon(healthy), ?, ?, ?
# Zamneur (groin - may be in the line-up) , #28 Donato (healthy),
- After a third-straight dismal effort,will Claude Julien once again jumble his line-up?
- Can Richard Zednik, the Habs' top scoring threat, break out of his five game goal-less slump?
- Will Andrew Raycroft get the call between the pipes for the Bruins, even after a strong game from Felix Potvin on Tuesday?
- Does Bruins' rookie forward continue his strong play of late, which has seen him net 8 points in 7 games?
- Does Claude Julien take Ron Hainsey's size and skill, or the heart of little Francis Bouillon?
- Will Saku Koivu play for the Canadiens?
- How will Josť Theodore respond after seeing his back-up, Mathieu Garon, stop 33 shots on Tuesday night?
- Juneau vs. Thornton
- Zednik vs. Murray
- Rolston vs. Ribeiro
- Souray vs. Gill
- Hainsey (?) vs. Jillson
- Boynton vs. Markov
Habs to Watch:
Along with your Predictions, please post who you would like to see in the line-up for the Habs
Excellent job as always, jl roberts! This is quickly becoming a main 'feature' of the board!
Keys for the Habs:
- Matchups - the Habs have been eaten up on the road largely due to poor matchups. The Thornton line has been dominant, and the only Canadiens line that can play against them with moderate success is Juneau's line and Souray's pairing. These two will see an awful lot of ice time as Julien needs to get them on versus Thornton.
- The forwards need be stronger along the boards and specifically in the neutral zone! The Habs D has looked miserable of late. Why? Because forwards aren't in good position in the neutral zone for pass reception, or to support their D in the transition game. Too many times the opposition is gaining the Habs blueline with speed, exposing Montreal's defense's lack of mobility.
- Forwads also need to become more aware in the defensive zone. In the first 6-7 games, the gap control between defensemen and between the D and forwards was excellent. Of late, the opposition is able to make cross ice passes in the Habs zone for one timers that are impossible to stop for Theodore. They've also been able to skate into the slot with relative ease. If the Habs are to make this one close, gap control is a necessity.
- Ribeiro - he's the only playmaker on the Habs, and he needs to get back into a groove and find open ice. This Bruins team is big, but the D is inexperienced. There's no reason he can't find some open room with Hossa on his wing. In order for the Habs to win, he needs to be productive.
- Zednik - he can be a physical presence out there. Needs to start driving the net, rather than taking the long route behind the net, and tossing a weak backhanded wrap-around. These are weak plays. There's a reason he's never scored a goal doing this, despite 2-3 attempts each game.
The forwards absolutely have to help the defensemen against the Bruin forecheckers. They mustn't just post themselves at the blueline waiting to receive passes like Pony Express riders because then the defensemen will be pressured too much.
Bruins are too good for us (i can't believe i just said that!)
We will play a boring game but good news folks one of our forward will scored tonight
MIRACLE ON ICE2
HABS FORWARD SCORED A GOAL
reaction around the nhl: WHAT?
P.S: Bob Gainey has a lot of job ahead of him and it will not be done by picking players on waivers it's by trading players. Im expecting a trade.
Prediction: Habs will have a big forward in the lineup his name:
Solid rebound period by the boys. Clearly the better team in the 1st. Ribeiro played great, should be 1-0 but Potvin robbed him. Also two solid body checks near the end of period that got the crowds attention. GJ RIBS
Much better 1st period for us but I have two negative points however.
1- Quintal: Brutal in his transition game. This guy has zero mobility and just cannot start anything offensively as he lacks creativity with his 1st pass.
2- CJ: What the hell is Rivet still doing on the point in the PP? You have Markov (who should remain on the ice for the whole 2 minutes), Souray, Brisebois and Hainsey in the lineup and you give the point job to Rivet??? WTF? Is it so far-fetched to beleive we can have 2 left-handed point man at the same time? Those are just plain wrong decisions in my book. Rivet is a PP killer. No creativity and cannot adapt to a fast passing game. He just doesn't have what it takes, as opposed to Hainsey.