With no P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens fans were apprehensive heading into last night's matchup versus the Minnesota Wild, unsure of how the already decimated blue line would perform without the one person holding it together. A massive chunk of minutes for veteran Andrei Markov seemed to be the most likely strategy of dealing with the loss of the elite defender, which didn't bode well for the Canadiens' chances.
The good news with all the injuries is that some of the young prospects get a legitimate shot to show what they can do on the NHL stage. Last night, that meant a big-league debut for Darren Dietz, and the return of Charles Hudon, who got to start the game on Tomas Plekanec's wing.
Barberio goal pic.twitter.com/4fPqKTEk2c— Stephanie (@myregularface) March 13, 2016
- I like Hudon's aggressiveness. He really reminds me a lot of Brendan Gallagher in the way he's unafraid to charge the net or get into the face of any opposing player. I would have liked to have seen more of him this season, but I am legitimately hoping he sticks around for the remainder of the year.
- The kids looked great, especially Lessio, who showed some real offensive potential.
- In addition, Barberio has fit in quite nicely on the blue line. He amassed just over 25 minutes of ice time (second only to Markov) and scored on his only shot.
Next on the docket is Jaromir Jagr and the Florida Panthers on Tuesday evening.