Hey Josh, pass the mustard.
To the surprise of no one who’s been paying attention, Guillaume Latendresse will watch tomorrow’s agame against Florida from a seat at the south end of the pressbox.
Guy Carbonneau will dress Mikhail Grabovski against the Panthers.
The Canadiens’ first and fourth lines will remain intact, but Bryan Smolinksi will play left wing on the sedcond line, with Tomas Plekanec and Alex Kovalev, while Grabovski centres Andrei Kostitsyn and Tom Kostopoulos.
Through four games in which he’s been equally inept on several lines, Latendresse has two shots on goal, no points, four minutes in penalties and is -2.
Meanwhile, down on the farm, Maxim Lapierre has eight points in three games for the Hamilton Bulldogs, leads the AHL in scoring and is +6.
Lapierre is being converted to RW, which is probably where his future with the big club lies. But for the last two games he has centred Sergei Kostitsyn and Matt D’Agostini, who are also off to fast starts.
In interviews in the French press today, Lapierre admits he was devastated by the demotion. But he’s not sulking. Lapierre is working hard, and he’s entirely foc used on getting back to the Canadiens.