“We gonna party, we gonna dance and we gonna get crazy. No doubt, man.”
– Jonathan Papelbon
It may be premature for Canadiens fans to join the free-spirited Red Sox reliever in his celebratory revels. But heading into tomorrow’s game against Atlanta at the Bell Centre, our team has rung up another great month.
A win over the Thrashers would give the Canadiens 16 points in October. Last season’s total was 13, and the team collected 15 first-month points in 2005-’06.
The Canadiens have scored 35 goals and allowed 27. Their totals after 10 games last season were 34 for, 33 against.
The NHL regular season is a marathon, not a sprint.
Injuries happen. Flu – and flukes – happen.
But this has been a very good October for your Montreal Canadiens, whose record to date suggests they’ll be in the thick of the playoff race when Papelbon reports to spring training.
François Gagnon of La Presse lists his Highlights and Disappointments of the first 10 games.
The former category includes Bob Gainey’s free-agent signings – Roman Hamrlik, Bryan Smolinski and Patrice Brisebois (I’d have included Tom Kostopoulos) – the play of the defence corps, Mathieu Dandenault and Kyle Chipchura.
Gagnon’s disappointments to date are Michael Ryder, Guillaume Latendresse, Andrei Kostitsyn and Mikhail Grabovski.
Gagnon thinks Grabovski should be playing on the wing, as he has been lately, and Kostitsyn should be in Hamilton.
Other than the chance to play with his brother, I don’t see how more time in the AHL would benefit Kostitsyn. The kid has talent. I think a goal or two will get him untracked.