- NJ Devils having a rough start
- Marty Brodeur plays his best in Montreal
- Habs had for four days off
BUT..come on! Did it have to be THAT big of a stink-fest? I’m sure Carey would like to have the first and third goals back, but that wouldn’t have even made a difference, since the rest of the team couldn’t put the little black puck into the big red net.
And Spacek..oh Spacek. I can barely watch him at this point. And where’s O’Byrne? Can we not get O’Byrne down for a game again? I feel upset that he only got one chance, and then bam! Picard gets a lucky goal and O’Byrne is banished to the press box.
Being shut out at home always leads to fans like myself giving their opinion on what the lines should be. Martin did shuffle them around a bit in the third, and Eller got a brief chance with Plekanec and Kostitsyn, but those aren’t the lines I would put up.
Here’s what I would like to see in Ottawa on Saturday night:
- Pouliot – Plekanec – Cammalleri
- Kostitsyn – Gomez – Gionta
- Pyatt – Eller -LaPierre
- Boyd – Halpen – Moen
My reasoning for the top two lines is that Pleks and Cammy have chemistry, that’s been established, so let’s make Kostitsyn the movable part. He is the big-body, sharp-shooting entity that Gomez and Gionta need.
I never liked Pouliot on the third line, so let’s bring him up to play with two successful forwards to gain confidence. The third line becomes ALL SPEED, and the fourth line is what it is..hard-working grinders.
I know Martin is obsessed with having LaPierre and Halpern on the same line for defensive zone face-offs (when one gets kicked out, the other can take his place with confidence), but to me, the pay-off of isn’t worth it. Let LaPierre play with young, hungry speedsters, and we will see some nice contributions.
Anyhow, it was just one game, so I am not that upset. Let’s just make sure we see some better hockey on Saturday night!