Forward lines and defense pairings
Pacioretty – Drouin – Lehkonen
Byron – De La Rose – Gallagher
Galchenyuk – Danault – Hudon
Deslauriers – L. Shaw – Carr
Mete – Petry
Alzner – Juulsen
Benn – Schlemko
Mike Reilly, Nikita Scherbak, Byron Froese
Ales Hemsky – concussion, Shea Weber – lower-body, Andrew Shaw – lower-body, Carey Price – concussion
‘Montreal is my home.’
It was one of several points being made by Max Pacioretty post-game following the Flyers – Canadiens game. His comments were expressed with frustration and desperation. How many ways does Pacioretty need to say that he is proud to be the captain of the Montreal Canadiens and that he wants to stay?
And why are so many fans and media salivating over the opportunity to run him out of town?
“It’s 15 years of my life. It’s my home.”
Tomas Plekanec spoke of his attachment to Montreal just before he departed for Toronto. Plekanec felt it important to let people know that the first language of his two young sons is French.
“I’m from Voskresensk, but my home is Montreal.”
The phrase is a common reply from Andrei Markov according to his wife. Currently Markov plies his trade in Kazan, Russia. Had he been treated with basic respect, Markov would likely be patroling the blueline in Montreal.
So, in a city with such a rich hockey history, why could Markov not receive respectful communication from a team to which he had devoted 16 seasons? Why were fans celebrating that the Canadiens received more than the proverbial “bag of pucks” for Plekanec? And how have things so seriously have gone off the rails that a local establishment promotes an event with photos of the Montreal captain lying on the ice with a broken neck?
How is it that these three players from the Czech Republic, Russia and the United States feel such a strong bond with an adopted city crawling with so many inhabitants who viciously hate them?
It’s not right. That isn’t how the media is supposed to work. That isn’t what it means to be a fan.
In his post-deadline presser, Marc Bergevin said that his new plan for the team was to get younger and faster. Youth was on display at the Bell Centre on Monday as the Canadiens young guns showed their talents.
Noah Juulsen and Victor Mete each had over 20 minutes of solid defensive play. Jacob De La Rose proved that he can be a powerful offensive force when given the chance. And Charlie Lindgren was outstanding in goal adding his entry to save of the year.
The Habs took one of the hottest teams in the NHL to a shootout. One wonders how exciting and entertaining this team would be to watch had Bergevin done a much better job clearing the deadwood leaving more roster spots available for young players to show their speed and skill over the final 20 games this season.
▲ Charlie Lindgren, Jacob De La Rose, Artturi Lehkonen, Noah Juulsen. Victor Mete, Alex Galchenyuk, Brendan Gallagher
▼ Jonathan Drouin, Logan Shaw, Nicolas Deslauriers, Daniel Carr