AK46, Weber return; Subban, Pouliot scratched

PRE-GAME AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Andrei Kostitsyn | Scott Gomez | Josh Gorges | Paul Maurice | Eric Staal | Jeff Skinner

Canadiens forward Andrei Kostitsyn and defenceman Yannick Weber return to active duty tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes, having been healthy scratches Tuesday in the Habs’ loss to the Dallas Stars.

P.K. Subban and Benoit Pouliot will watch the game from the pressbox.

Lars Eller, who took AK46’s place with Tomas Plekanec and Michael Cammalleri, will centre Tom Pyatt and Travis Moen tonight.

The Scott Gomez line, hot of late, remains intact.

Jeff Halpern will centre Maxim Lapierre and Mathieu Darche.

Carey Price gets the start in goal.


  1. LA Loyalist says:

    NHL players have been through a hell of a lot just to get to the NHL, they have mental toughness.

    However hockey at the expert level is muscle memory, trained instinct, trained reflexes – a fine example is that goal Cammy scored from his knee to his stick in the playoffs last year. If Cammy thinks, even for a micro-second, it doesn’t work.

    JM is doing something that is keeping many of the players from “flowing” and making them self-conscious when they should just be playing. Yes you can teach what you want them to do in certain tactical situations, if these guys weren’t coachable they wouldn’t be here.

    What is JM doing? Whatever it is, it obviously is not working, so why keep doing it? Power trip? Ego? Marking his territory? A good coach adjusts to his players – Pat Burns: 3 totally different teams, 3 coach of the year awards. 

    Martin is treating the players like horses, trying to break them to his mold. That’s the problem in a nutshell.


  2. ed lopaz says:

    its about building and developing a young person’s confidence – no matter what they do for a living.

  3. Natrous says:

    And we’ve finally reached the crux (and inherit flaw) of your logic: you are thinking of this as a fan, and not a coach. JM doesn’t give a crap what PK’s individual numbers look like, he cares about winning hockey games.

    If PK is playing so-so and giving up prime scoring chances to the opposition – more than any other defenceman on the team – he’s going to get scratched. It’s a learning process, not expected to be learned overnight. He’s a rookie, and those mistakes are expected, but if he’s not applying what he’s learning from Pearn, Muller and JM in practice, he needs time to watch the team and learn.

  4. The Cat says:

    Absolutely perfect rebuttal.


    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  5. krob1000 says:

    but it’ll be entertaining and we’ll all learn a few new words

  6. ed lopaz says:

     Loyalist, agree 100%!!!

    unfortunately, we are in the minority here.

    but keep up the great posts. I’m enjoying them.

    Oh, by the way, when Robinson called to offer his services, the HABS DID NOT EVEN RETURN HIS CALL – according to Robinson’s agent.



  7. shiram says:

    Worst analogy ever. How can you compare a team sport with wirtting and reporting skills? I get what you’re trying to say, but it makes no sense.

  8. HardHabits says:

    Yes and no. I don’t hold much weight in rumours. The Habs are a tight ship. Nevertheless even a duck’s arse under water can let a fart slip through so I will also take a grain of salt with my innuendo.


    What’s REALLY going on with the Canadiens!? – December 22, 2010

    Bear in mind that it’s Habs Talk Radio, so it’s speklundation at the Internet’s finest.

  9. madcap_habsfan says:

    Are you blind? P.K. has not being playing any better then the rest of them for the last few games, He’ll get his mojo back and hopefully he’ll learn something or be pissed enough to prove JM wrong and get back to his awesome style of play he had going at the start of the season


    -“People have to really suffer before they can risk doing what they love.” Chuck Palahniuk

  10. ed lopaz says:

    You are a few years older than PK. Right?

    Imagine the Gazette hires you full time to take over Boones job.

    You feel like you are doing well, and they let you write more and more.

    In fact, even compared to Hickey and Stubbs, your articles are being published more often.

    Then, your writing slipps a bit – your confidence is a little shaken.

    After all its your first season writing for The Gazette sports.

    Stu Cowan comes into your office and tell you to take a break.

    Your work is not needed for tonight, and for the rest of the week.

    You walk out of Cowan’s office shaking your head. He’s the boss.

    But when you return to the office and start writing again, your mojo is gone, your confidence is shot, you stink!!

    Cowan comes in, its time to take another break, Serious Fan. 

    We don’t need you again, and we think the paper/internet site is better off without you for now.

    Are you a “delicate flower” because you’re upset by Cowan’s decision??

    Its easy for you sitting in your apartment – expecting PK to take the benching in stride!!

    I’ve brought up 3 hockey players – and I can tell you – its never easy  and we,re not “delicate flowers”.

    PK looks absolutely lost since the last benching.

    He is playing like a guy who needs to be sent back to Hamilton.

    Explain that.

    His confidence is obviously shaken. He does not know what to do with the puck.

    His instincts are all wrong all of a sudden. And he’s being asked to change his game for the first time in his life.

    Watch the old Junior Canada games on ESPN Classic, or last years highlites from Hamilton.

    This is not PK!!

    You call that a “delicate flower”??

    Go ahead.

  11. avatar_58 says:

    So hey, lets bench him again! Should REALLY help his numbers right? What are Picards numbers again? Gorges last game? Spacek/Hamrlik?

  12. Natrous says:

    Even if there’s only one ‘youngun’ to bring up (Weber)? I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Alex Henry isn’t an NHL-caliber defenceman. That’s called leaving it a little thin if you ask me.

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