In fact I remember one shift where they had Kovalev take the faceoff instead of Grabovski, who played on the wing and then shifted center after the draw.
Sucks to hear about the severity of the bug though...I was hoping with just one player (Plekanec) out today because of it that it would be going away, although I think it was pretty obvious there were some sick players on the ice for the Habs. I guess we'll wait and see.
Ryder and Rivet looked almost transparent out there. I thought they should have initiated scrums and hugged the opposition as much as possible.
Rivet was almost dead. On one shift I remember him in his zone didn't able to take the puck 1 feet in front of him, it take him like 3 seconds, look horrible this year, so when he's sick, its damn brutal.
The positive is we probably infected Washington, New York and New Jersey during the games, and they will in turn give the flu to all the teams they play and so on. So once we're done with this we'll always face teams with the flu for the next month...
A new method, or methods, for the Habs at this juncture in the season, to anger the opposition and reduce their future chances of success :
1. Cough in their faces, especially their goalie's.
2. Do not wash hands after a trip to the loo. When you are out on the next shift, face wash the opposition with your bare hand.
3. Offer the opposition your locker room.
4. Give them contaminated towels and water bottles.
5. Do not filter the air into the opposition's dressing room.
In all seriousness, I never imagined it was this bad. I think Johnson said to Healy that this was the worst case of the stomach flu he has seen within a single team in all the years he has been in the league. Therefore, I will cut the team some slack as many players appear to be catatonic out on the ice.
I sympathize with the players. I had the GI bug about a month ago and just walking upstairs in my house made me super nauseous. I couldn't even watch TV...just laid in bed in agony for almost 48 hours. I can't imagine them playing 60 minutes of hockey. It took me at least a full week after I had it to get my legs back in my beer league hockey. It's a very nasty bug so we should cut the players some slack.