I would like to start off by giving a big thank you to Matthew Macaskill for filling in on the second period thread for me during the Minnesota game.
Montreal heads into Chicago not in a dire state, but certainly not in an enviable state. The team has been losers in four of its last 5 games and there's a general sense that the lineup as currently deployed is not working. That's to say that Montreal might have the right pieces, but the combos they're sending over the boards don't seem to be getting the ideal results.
Chicago has three goalies all possessing sub 2.00 GAAs. Injured starter Corey Crawford is the 'worst' of the lot with an abysmal save percentage of .929. Chicago has outscored its opponents 78-49 in 25 games. This is a very very good team that the Canadiens face.
I keep predicting the bench for Bryan Allen and he keeps escaping. The Habs twitter account has both Weaver and Gilbert drawing in. Drayson Bowman was called up for the weekend while Bournival gets some time in Hamilton to get back on track after injury. Tangradi will draw in with Bowman sitting.
The big change involves the first, third, and fourth lines with Dale Weise bumping Parenteau from the top line with Pacioretty and Desharnais, Parenteau dropping down to the SEPtic line, and Prust playing alongside Malhotra and Tangradi on the fourth line. In many ways the bottom six improves, but I'm not entirely convinced this makes the top line better. What do you think? Are these the Habs lines you want to see against Chicago?
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|Max Pacioretty||David Desharnais||Dale Weise|
|Alex Galchenyuk||Tomas Plekanec||Brendan Gallagher|
|Jiri Sekac||Lars Eller||P.A. Parenteau|
|Brandon Prust||Manny Malhotra||Eric Tangradi|
Scratched: Bryan Allen, Drayson Bowman
As for the Chicago Blackhawks, here's how they're shaping up
||Jonathan Toews||Marian Hossa|
||Brad Richards||Patrick Kane
||Marcus Kruger||Ben Smith
|Duncan Keith||Brent Seabrook|
|Niklas Hjalmarsson||Johnny Oduya|
|Michael Rozsival||David Rundblad|
Scratched: Jeremy Morin, Klas Dahlbeck
Injured: Patrick Sharp, Trevor van Riemsdyk, Corey Crawford
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