Saturday, 23 March 2013

Game Thirty-One: Sabres vs. Habs

Gameday Game Preview:

Ah, sweet weekend. Ye hath arrived. It's my last weekend chattering my teeth in western Canada before I begin my treck to Montreal, where I'll be live blogging the games from the best pubs the city has to offer. It's a hard job without pay, but somebody's gotta do it!

Another game, another win, another injury for the Habs. Ryan White is out day-to-day with a lower body injury, and Mike Blunden will get his chance to show his stuff tonight on the 4th line.

Here are the Habs lines, based on this morning's practice:

1st Line: Ryder - Plekanec - Gionta
2nd Line: Pacioretty - Desharnais - Gallagher
3rd Line: Galchenyuk - Eller - Armstrong
4th Line: Moen - Dumont - Blunden

Carey Price will start tonight, although with the two mammoth games coming up next week against the Pens and Bruins, tonight is as good a night as any to rest him against the struggling Sabres.

We'll have a bit more about those Sabres later today.

Player Movement Update:

Bourque Regression? Looks like a bit of bad news for Rene Bourque. After practicing with the team for much of the week, including non-contact play on Wednesday and Thusday, Bourque missed Friday and this morning's practice. Therrien said he knows nothing about Bourque's status, and there's been no team updates. Still, when you see a player regress during concussion recovery, it's never a good sign of things to come.

Habs Claim Halpern Here's a bit of a blast from the past, Canadiens claimed Jeff Halpern off waivers from the Rangers this morning, which either tells us that Petteri Nokelainen has regressed in his recovery, or Bergevin is cooking up a deal that would involve someone on the 4th line (White?).

Or maybe White's injury is far more serious than anyone is letting on? Anyway, the Halpern move is interesting.

More Updates:

Ryan Miller will start tonight, while Thomas Vanek, who took s wicked shot off his hip in his game against the Habs, will return tonight. Drew Stafford is a healthy scratch, Nathan Gerbe will take his spot.

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