GameDay: Habs vs Panthers Lineups, Prust, Emelin, Gallagher

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Habs vs. Panthers

All Habs GameDay: Sunday March 10, 2013

On this day in hockey history… 1955 – Toronto played at Montreal, but the star of the game was the Zamboni. The ice resurfacing machine made it’s NHL debut on this night.

GAMEDAY: First against last.

FLORIDA PANTHERS
7-12-6
15th in the East
MONTREAL CANADIENS
16-5-4
1st in the East
Florida Panthers  MontrealCanadiens

Home Record: 4-5-5
Goals For: 62
Goals against: 93
PP percentage: 18.2 (13th)
PK percentage: 73.8 (30th)

Road Record: 8-2-2
Goals For: 79
Goals against: 64
PP percentage: 20.2 (10th)
PK percentage: 81.4 (14th)
BB&T Center, Sunrise, FL
6:00 p.m. EST
TV: RDS, TSN-HABS

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

MONTREAL CANADIENS

Brandon Prust has been assessed with a first degree shoulder separation. Expected to be out 10-14 days.
Yannick Weber is expected to be out for two weeks due to his knee injury suffered against Tampa Bay.

Forwards

Michael Ryder – Tomas Plekanec – Brian Gionta
Max Pacioretty – David Desharnais – Brendan Gallagher
Alex Galchenyuk – Lars Eller – Gabriel Dumont
Travis Moen – Ryan White – 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), Petteri Nokelainen,  Tomas Kaberle, Brandon Prust (shoulder separation)

FLORIDA PANTHERS

No updates at this time.

Forwards

Jonathan Huberdeau – Drew Shore – Peter Mueller
Tomas Fleischmann – Marcel Goc – Jack Skille
Shawn Matthias – Stephen Weiss – Tomas Kopecky
Mike Santorelli – Jerred Smithson – George Parros

Defensemen

Brian Campbell – Eric Gudbranson
Filip Kuba – Tyson Strachan
Colby Robak, Nolan Yonkman

Goalies

Scott Clemmensen – Jacob Markstrom

Scratches

Scottie Upshall, Sean Bergenheim, Alex Kovalev, Ed Jovanovski, Michael Caruso, Kris Versteeg, Dmitry Kulikov, Mike Weaver, Jonathan Rheault, Jose Theodore

TOP SCORERS

PANTHERS  CANADIENS

HuberdeauJonathan Huberdeau

Jonathan Huberdeau: 12G, 5A, 17PTS
Tomas Fleischmann: 5G, 12A, 17PTS
Brian Campbell: 6G, 10A, 16PTS
Max Pacioretty Max Pacioretty Max Pacioretty: 8G, 13A, 21PTS
Michael Ryder: 6G, 14A, 20PTS
Tomas Plekanec: 11G, 5A, 16PTS

 PROJECTED GOALTENDERS
(Updated following game day skate.)

No updates at this time.

PANTHERS  CANADIENS

MarkstromJacobJacob Markstrom
CONFIRMED

Record: 1-3-1
GAA: 2.94
Sv%: .909
SO: 0
EV GA/60: 2.61 (37th)
BudajPeterPeter Budaj
CONFIRMED
Record: 3-1-1
GAA : 2.57
Sv%: .906
SO: 1
EV GA/60: 2.42

GAMEDAY: All Habs Headlines

► Nobody worse than the Panthers: 

  • With only seven wins and 20 points in the standings, the Florida Panthers currently in last place in the entire league.
  • The Panthers have been riddled with injuries, putting out of commission players numerous players including Jose Theodore, forcing Florida to play Scott Clemmensen who’s been absolutely terrible.
  • Clemmensen’s goals against average ranks 46th while his save percentage ranks 45th on nhl dot com. They only track the top 46, to give you an idea of where he ranks.
  • Also, when evaluating even-strength goals against per 60 minutes of play, for goalies with at least ten games played, Clemmensen ranks 37th out of the 37 goalies.
  • He’s basically at the bottom of every stats category. Perhaps it’s time for the Panthers to have some faith in Jacob Markstrom and let the aging Clemmensen find himself a new home.

► Down goes Prust:

  • Brandon Prust went down hard to the ice on Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning, after he pretty much skated “unhit” directly into the boards.
  • His left shoulder, which he was favouring after going down took the majority of the impact.
  • This happened on a dump in as Prust tried to beat the defencemen to the puck in the corner.
  • He left the game and didn’t return and will be out of the lineup against the Panthers.

► Can’t forget about Emelin:

  • Alexei Emelin hardly gets the credit he deserves for his contributions to the Montreal Canadiens defence.
  • Emelin scored a goal against the Lightning on Saturday giving him six points in his last six games and he now totals nine points on the season.
  • He leads the team in hits with 88, 16 more than his closest rival, Brandon Prust. He’s seventh in the league in this same category.

► Gallagher knows how to find the net:

  • Brendan Gallagher added another goal to his season total this past Saturday, he who now has seven on the season.
  • Jonathan Huberdeau of the Florida Panthers who the Canadiens play tomorrow leads all rookies with 12 goals, but Gallagher’s seven puts him just behind in second place, tied with Cory Conacher of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
  • In total points however, Conacher leads the bunch with 20, Huberdeau follows behind with 17 and Gallagher is third 14 points.

► Puck’s take:

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