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Game Day: Montreal Canadiens at Florida Panthers

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Calm and courteous as ever, Habs-loving snowbirds from north of our border fall in line for admission to the BAC in Sunrise.

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Habs @ Cats, 7p - BankAtlantic Center, FSN-FL (HD)

Panthers: 22-17-8 52P, 2nd in SE Canadiens: 27-14-6 60P, 2nd in NE

LAST 10: FLA: 6-1-3 MON: 6-4-0

HOME & AWAY: FLA (H): 11-6-5 MON (A): 12-10-2

GAME 4 of 4 SEASON SERIES: 3-0 MON

ALL-TIME: 25-25-6 (!)

  • Florida has an opportunity to reclaim their status as the only club with a winning record against Montreal, though have lost five in a row dating to last season
  • The Canadiens have lost their past three games
  • Andrei Markov has a nine-game assist streak
  • Montreal has outscored Florida 14-8 this year
  • Boston likes playing the Habs

AT THE ENDS


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Carey Price 28 1669 16 6 5 2 68 2.44 802 734 .915 1


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Jaroslav Halak 21 1182 11 8 1 0 57 2.89 593 536 .904 0



GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Tomas Vokoun 33 1760 13 13 3 5 78 2.66 943 865 .917 3


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Craig Anderson 22 1095 9 4 5 0 45 2.47 642 597 .930 3


Hadn't as yet heard anything definitive, but I'm going with Halak and Vokoun.

BATTERED & BRUISED


Montreal Canadiens Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Alex Tanguay shoulder 01/01/2009
Georges Laraque other-excused 12/22/2008
Mathieu Dandenault arm 12/10/2008


Florida Panthers Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Bryan Allen knee 10/12/2008
Rostislav Olesz sports-hernia 12/06/2008




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Though unfortunate, the tragic death of Youppi paved the way for Habbi the Pig to delight Canadiens fans across the continent. The molestation charge remains unresolved, according to his attorneys.

DIVISIONALLY SPEAKING


Southeast Standings

GP W L OTL PT
Washington 49 30 15 4 64
Florida 47 22 17 8 52
Carolina 49 23 21 5 51
Tampa Bay 48 17 21 10 44
Atlanta 49 17 27 5 39

(updated 1.28.2009 at 9:02 AM EST)



None of the SE teams were in action last night. Washington gets another evening of rest today while the others play.

From a conference standpoint, Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby decided another loss wasn't acceptable, so he willed his Pens to victory with a four-point third period against the Rangahs, pulling out a 6-2 win. This leaves Pittsburgh with the same 52 points Florida currently has. Thanks, Sid.

On the positive side, Buffalo could really have used a few of those ten goals they piled up on Tuesday, since Wednesday the Sabres ran into a well-prepared wall in Calgary, losing 5-2 behind a Mike Cammalleri hat trick. The loss keeps the Panthers - and Penguins - three points out of seventh place in the East.

TONIGHT IN THE SOUTHEAST

  • NY Islanders @ Atlanta, 7p. The Tavares race soldiers on.
  • Tampa Bay @ Carolina, 7p. Up-and-coming vs. Also-ran? Big consequences - around the conference - hinging on the outcome of this one.

THE CHASE FOR EIGHTH...AND BEYOND

Neither Pittsburgh (52P) nor Buffalo (55P) - the only "questionables" with a realistic shot at the postseason - are in action this evening.

LITTER BOX LINERS

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FROM THE BLOGOSPHERE

THE WARMUP


Steve Begin and Anthony Stewart got acquainted exactly one month ago today.