Lines/News From Habs Practice

Photo by Minas Panagiotakis, Getty Images

Photo by Minas Panagiotakis, Getty Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This morning at Habs practice, the defencemen were the first on the ice.

This morning, Andrei Markov, Nathan Beaulieu, P.K. Subban and Mark Barberio were the first to hit the ice in Brossard along with consultant Craig Ramsay and JJ Daigneault. They were working on the the powerplay and more specifically, successful zone entries. Jeff Petry wasn’t participating this morning. As per head coach Michel Therrien, Petry has a lower body injury and is day-to-day. He will miss the game Saturday against the Pittsburgh Penguins. As a result, Greg Pateryn will draw into the line up on the second pairing alongside Nathan Beaulieu. These are the expected defense lineups for Saturday:

Forwards

The lines are expected to stay the same as they were against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday. Here is what they will look like:

Lars Eller, who played the majority of the season on Galchenyuk’s wing, was demoted to the 3rd line where he played with David Desharnais and Paul Byron. Once again, Tomas Fleischmann will be a healthy scratch. Right winger Sven Andrighetto will draw into the line up again and play alongside Alex Galchenyuk and Daniel Carr. Fans seem to be fairly annoyed with Therrien’s move of scratching Fleischmann, but as Therrien said before Wednesday’s game, “You have to be able to skate in this league”. I hate to admit it, but Therrien is right. Fleischmann has not been showing that he can keep up with the play. He started the season fairly strong. The Habs left winger chipped in offensively and clicked really well with Dale Weise and David Desharnais. Furthermore, he looks tired after five seconds on the ice. He’s tallied a mere one goal and one assist in his last 19 games which, in my opinion makes this a warranted scratching.

 

Goaltending

Probably the most painful news to hear was that goaltender Carey Price won’t be back before All-Star break. It was said that the Habs could see Price as early as January 19th based on the original timeline. The Habs announced that Price would be out for a minimum of six weeks. They did not set a maximum, so it is not that surprising that he will be out longer.

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One Response to Lines/News From Habs Practice

  1. Majorly disagree regarding Fleischmann. He is capable of driving possession and isn’t a defensive liability. Moreover, DSP is still slow even though he lost a good chunk of weight and since returning to the line up, looks asleep out there. The Habs need to play their best line up, and their best does not include Smith-Pelly.

    Michael Gomez January 8, 2016 at 9:23 pm Reply

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