Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Ready to Rumble? Game Preview 12-1-09

(photo: habsinsideout.com)

Still not used to the fact that this is happening on a Tuesday. Luckily (or not), the Habs have had their rest since Saturday night's shootout loss against the Caps, whereas the Leafs are on the mend after a 3-0 loss against the Sabres last night. (Preview inside a preview: The Habs will visit those same Sabres for a head-to-head Thursday night, just before the much-awaited 100th anniversary game).

It's the third game between the two teams this season--the second at the Bell Centre. Both games were won by the Habs... in extra time. Scott Gomez and Matt D'Agostini return tonight while Carey Price gets his 9th start in a row--also count on seeing another familiar face on the other side, as Mike Komisarek plays in his second game since his recent injury.

Time for bullet points
  • Niklas Hagman. Seriously. He may not like Slayer, but he's just as scary with 13 goals of 17 points this season. He also has one goal for every three shots in his last five games.
  • Alexei Ponikarovsky has four points in the last two games.
  • Doomed-to-be-division-rival Phil Kessel always likes to mix things up against the Habs.
  • And how about those ex-Habs? Komisarek may have jumped to the position of public enemy number one, but let's not forget that Mikhail Grabovski is just as dangerous. In the most ironic fashion, it's been the guys who used to wear Bleu-Blanc-Rouge that have propelled the Habs-Leafs rivalry back into what it should be...

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