GameDay: Habs vs Lightning Lineups, Prust, Weber, Price

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Habs vs. Lightning

All Habs GameDay: Saturday March 9, 2013

On this day in hockey history… 1963 – Montreal’s Lou Fontinato missed on a check against New York’s Vic Hadfield, hit the boards head first, and broke his back. Fontinato recovered, but never played hockey again.

GAMEDAY: The struggling Lightning.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
10-13-1
13th in the East
MONTREAL CANADIENS
15-5-4
1st in the East
Tampa Bay Lightning  MontrealCanadiens

Home Record: 6-5-1
Goals For: 82
Goals against: 75
PP percentage: 19.8 (9th)
PK percentage: 81.5 (16th)

Road Record: 7-2-2
Goals For: 75
Goals against: 61
PP percentage: 19.8 (9th)
PK percentage: 82.1 (14th)
Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, FL.
7:00 p.m. EST
TV: CBC, RDS

PROJECTED LINE COMBINATIONS
(Will be updated following game day skate.)

MONTREAL CANADIENS

Greg Pateryn will wear No. 64 for the Canadiens.
Gabriel Dumont was centering the 4th line during the game-day skate.

Forwards

Michael Ryder – Tomas Plekanec – Brian Gionta
Max Pacioretty – David Desharnais – Brendan Gallagher
Alex Galchenyuk – Lars Eller –  Brandon Prust
Travis Moen – Gabriel Dumont – Colby Armstrong

Defensemen

Andrei Markov – Alexei Emelin
Josh Gorges – P.K. Subban
Francis Bouillon – Greg Pateryn

Goalies

Carey Price, Peter Budaj

Scratches

Rene Bourque (concussion), Raphael Diaz (concussion), Yannick Weber (lower body), Ryan White, Petteri Nokelainen,  Tomas Kaberle

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

No updates at this time.

Forwards

Cory Conacher – Steven Stamkos – Teddy Purcell
Alex Killorn – Vincent Lecavalier – Martin St. Louis
Ondrej Palat – Tom Pyatt – Ryan Malone
B.J. Crombeen – Nate Thompson – Pierre-Cedric Labrie

Defensemen

Victor Hedman – Matt Carle
Keith Aulie – Eric Brewer
Brian Lee – Marc-Andre Bergeron

Goalies

Anders Lindback – Cedrick Desjardins

Scratches

Benoit Pouliot (upper body), Mathieu Garon (upper body), Sami Salo, Adam Hall, Brendan Mikkelson, Mattias Ohlund, Matt Taormina

TOP SCORERS

LIGHTNING  CANADIENS

StamkosSteven Stamkos

Steven Stamkos: 18G, 17A, 35PTS
Martin St Louis: 6G, 25A, 31PTS
Teddy Purcell: 4G, 17A, 21PTS
Max Pacioretty Max Pacioretty Max Pacioretty: 8G, 12A, 20PTS
Michael Ryder: 6G, 12A, 18PTS
Tomas Plekanec: 10G, 5A, 15PTS

 PROJECTED GOALTENDERS
(Updated following game day skate.)

Former Hamilton Bulldog Cedrick Desjardins will get the start for Tampa.

LIGHTNING  CANADIENS


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CONFIRMED

Record: 0-0-0
GAA: n/a
Sv%: n/a
SO: n/a
EV GA/60: n/a
Carey PriceCarey Price
CONFIRMED
Record: 12-4-3 (1st in wins)
GAA : 2.33 (14th)
Sv%: .912 (20th)
SO: 2 (tied for 4th)
EV GA/60: 1.76 (6th)

GAMEDAY: All Habs Headlines

► The Struggling Lightning: 

  • The Tampa Bay Lightning are struggling at the midway point of the season, sitting 13th in the east, five points out of a playoff spot.
  • Some might lead you to believe that there’s plenty of time remaining but in the Lightning’s current situation, only when the Buffalo Sabres and Florida Panthers win do teams ahead of them not pick up points, with all games being played within the conferences.
  • The Lightning have 82 goals for on the season, second most in the league behind the Pittsburgh Penguins who have 86, so scoring goals isn’t the issue, preventing other teams from scoring on them however is a whole other story as you can see by Lindback’s stats.
  • The Lightning have lost their last game and are 3-7-0 in their last ten games.
  • “We’re in the business of doing the impossible, and that’s what it’s going to have to be.” — Head coach Guy Boucher on making the playoffs

► Prust continues to surprise:

  • Brandon Prust continues to surprise with the Canadiens, picking up another three points (1G, 2A) this past Thursday when the Habs picked up the win against the Carolina Hurricanes.
  • Prust now has four goals and nine points on the season but people should not expect this to continue all season.
  • His team high PDO of 1068 will undoubtedly regress, and the same goes for his shooting percentage which currently stands above fourteen percent.
  • In any case, he’s proven to be a valuable player to this team.
  • Prust comment on his first assist, where he dished out a beautiful backhand saucer-pass to Josh Gorges who buried it on the pinch.

“Backhand sauce, my specialty. I just saw Gorges streaking to the net and I knew he had his guy beat, so I threw it towards him and he was able to bury it.”

  • Michel Therrien also commented on Prust’s big night.

“We already knew he was a leader. We knew he was a guy that showed up to play each and every night. Right now he’s getting the chance, maybe for the first time in his career, to show that he can really play hockey. We have him playing on the first three lines, we give him a lot of responsibility, not only defensively, but offensively as well. At the moment he’s playing the best hockey of his career.”

► Weber in and immediately out.

  • Yannick Weber barely had a chance to make his presence felt this past Thursday against the Canes, going down with a knee injury after playing only 7:35.
  • Terrible news for Weber who was only playing in his second game of the season.
  • Greg Pateryn has been called up from Hamilton, but for now, Kaberle is expected to be back in the lineup with Weber’s injury.

► Carey Price bounces back.

  • After giving up 12 goals in his last two games, Carey Price bounced back against the Hurricanes, stopping 41 of 43 shots and picking up the win.
  • The game was great for Price’s confidence, he who kept his team in the game, especially in the second period when the Habs were dominated 21-5 in shots
  • He also stopped Eric Staal on a penalty shot.

► Puck’s take:

  • Need to know who will win tonight? Click the link to watch Puck the Bunny’s prediction.

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