If there's one thing I like about these 2 lines is how the veterans are on one line and the youngsters are on the other. This might create some competition for icetime to see which line produces better. Although the veteran line is lacking a playmaker (come back Koivu)
So Steve Begin is hurt? Don't tell me he's a healthy scratch - I will be mighty pissed. I still don't like the Perreault-Audette pairing on the second line. I'd rather throw Kilger on the left wing there, and get one of the kids to center the fourth line (Higgins or Plekanec) if Begin's hurt. Audette needs to sit upstairs.
Hossa-Ribz-Ryder goin 2 be one heck of a game they're going 2 light it up
This line may work, Ryder, Hossa and Stoll (adding Ribs adds more offense than Stoll could provide) played well with each other in Edmonton. Although Torres, Ryder and Stoll were better and gritter, I would like that in Montreal but 2/3's of it is in Edmonton though.
I like that they're trying to rekindle some Hossa-Ryder magic. Those two were dynamic together in the AHL and seem a perfect fit for each other. Hopefully it kickstarts them both.
The other line is a bunch of braindead morons, so might as well stick them all on one line.
I love the D shakeup. Rivet deserves to be demoted and Breezy is playing a nice safe defensive game this year and will complement Markov well, especially with his puck moving skills. They will be overmatched against bigger teams, tho you could always stick Souray and Q against the big lines.