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Game Day: Montreal Canadiens @ Florida Panthers

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Unique calisthenics allow the Canadiens to achieve such stellar heights.

Habs at Cats, 7:30pm, No local TV

Panthers: 16-14-5 37P, 3rd in SE Canadiens: 19-9-6 44P, 2nd in NE

All-time: 25-23-6 (FLA)

Game 2 of 4, 1-0 MTL, 3-1 on 10/20/08, Halak with the win

Still getting back into the groove here, so bear with me and we'll get through this. I haven't personally seen a Cats' game in a week, so chillin' in front of the tube with a Panthers broadcast is exactly what I...oh forget it.

On that note: if anyone has a link to a webcast of the game, please send it to me and I'll publish it. There's one out there somewhere...find it!

Evidently, Florida accomplished the impossible: losing both ends of a home-and-home against Tampa Bay, scrounging one lousy point out of the entire debacle. Yes the late-night heroics on Friday were nice and allowed them to salvage that one point, but in the big picture, they lost some seriously high ground to the division.

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Games played against Original Six clubs are always formal affairs.

BATTERED AND BRUISED


Florida Panthers Injuries

Doubtful

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Jassen Cullimore hand/wrist 12.29.2008

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Rostislav Olesz strained groin 12.6.2008
Bryan Allen left knee surgery 10.12.2008
Cory Murphy shoulder 10.29.2008

Cully will be a game-day call, but center Kamil Kreps is likely lost for several weeks thanks to a bum shoulder (or mid-upper body) injury suffered in Tampa Bay.


Montreal Canadiens Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Mathieu Dandenault left arm surgery 12.10.2008
Georges Laraque groin 12.22.2008
Saku Koivu right ankle/foot 12.12.2008
Christopher Higgins left shoulder 12.11.2008

Koivu and Laraque are huge losses for the Habs, but from opposite ends of the spectrum: Captain K is arguably the club's best all-around forward, and Georges keeps the troops safe from cheap shots. In any event, the Panthers' chances for success are only marginally improved; the rest of the Montreal lineup is formidable.

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See? Hockey is important somewhere.

AT THE ENDS


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Craig Anderson 17 888 8 3 4 0 31 2.09 523 492 .941 3


Andy makes his first start since mid-December, replacing Tomas Vokoun's weekend shelling.


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Jaroslav Halak 12 689 5 5 1 0 28 2.44 335 307 .916 0


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Carey Price 23 1389 14 4 5 1 55 2.38 685 630 .920 1


Halak (1 goal against) picked up the Canadiens' only win against Florida this season - in the Canadiens' only game against Florida this season - and considering Price played Saturday, my bet's on Halak.

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Little Claude learns life after daddy's transfer to Ontario won't be all sunshine and fleur-de-lis.


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We'll give it another go with the Open Thread tonight.