Price will face Ovechkin, Capitals

Carey Price will be back between the pipes on Saturday when the Washington Capitals and Alexander Ovechkin visit the Bell Centre. It will be his first game since a loss to the Dallas Stars on Dec. 23.

That will be the only lineup change made by Guy Carbonneau for the game, which starts at 12:30 p.m.


  1. wild flower says:

    Halak is taking over in Hamilton again this year. Three straight wins and only 2 goals allowed:

    # Goalie GP MINS W L SOL SO GA GAA Svs SV%
    30 Jaroslav Halak 18 1055 9 6 2 2 40 2.28 465 0.921
    35 Yann Danis 16 877 4 8 3 0 44 3.01 439 0.909

  2. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    Gainey’s not worried about “losing him for nothing” because if we don’t re-sign him and he walks then we “gain” 3mil in cap space to replace him. …sometimes thats better then trading a player for a player. Gainey can now shop around and/or have room for package deals….

    anyway my postition is to keep RYDER…its always been my position and its not just because of the “potential” 30 goals, it has to do with CHEMISTRY, and thats an indelible asset after 3 years on the squad.

    RYDER is POSITIVE in the face of adversity, RESPECTFUL in the face of authority, and INSPIRATIONAL to the younger guns… do we want to just throw that away?


    take a close look at that picture, you all know where to find it…and tell me what LATRON is doing?

    1. In my picture you’ll find one of the keys to our success…
    2. Your not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”
    3. Delenda Est Torontium…. Rocket”

  3. Sulemaan says:

    Looking at the posts below I would question trading Ryder for now. We have 3 solid lines capable of scoring that are on a roll. Why mess that up now?

    If Ryder is going to be traded, do so at the trade deadline. My rationale is as follows:

    (1) If he’s finally going to start scoring, let him go on a tear which will help our placement in the standings and increase his trade value just before the trade-deadline.

    (2) If we deal him at the trade-deadline his salary will have less of an impact on teams affected by a high salary amount so they can use him as a rent-a-player.

    (3) He’s only started to score recently so what could we expect to get for him right now? He has a grand total of 6 goals and 8 assists with a +/- rating of -3. If you were a rival GM (like Glen Sather of the Rangers) what would you offer for Ryder? A prospect or a draft pick maybe? I sure wouldn’t deal Montoya or Prucha for Ryder. And we certainly won’t get a big centreman or power-forward for him straight up. So why not wait until the trade deadline?

    (4) Once the trade deadline approaches Bob Gainey will need to determine if he trades Ryder or keeps him and risk losing him for nothing in the off-season like Souray. I guess they will determine if he is worth keeping. Had the Habs beaten the Leafs in the last game of the season last year, keeping Souray would have been worth the gamble if the goal was to make the playoffs.

    Totally un-related, let’s hope for Gold tomorrow by Canada.

  4. Cousin Al says:

    Kovy’s the best. Period. End of story!

  5. Sulemaan says:

    Robert, the are only two Habs-related blogs that I read regularly. Habs I/O and yours sir.

  6. J Haul says:

    Wow, talk about missing the point and ignoring the facts.

    Point WAS that scorers need to shoot to score. So by saying “well Ryder only scores because he shoots a lot” is completely irrelevant. Every scorer, including the tops in the league, shoot more. The more you shoot, the more you score. Sure, Ryder isn’t among the top scorers, but he’s also not among the top shooters. Understand yet? Its all relative, my friend.

    Also, I notice the +/- stuff was ignored completely. So no Samsonov wanted then?

  7. Sulemaan says:

    another one i missed. good point. i think he could be counted as part of the group since he’s only a sophomore player…

  8. Sulemaan says:

    good point. i missed him but he’s more so a veteran now. i was more so referring to the freshmen.

  9. Sulemaan says:

    Hey T-Roy, I was more coming from the fact of our current freshmen prospects coming into the team. I should have elaborated.

    PS> It sounds like your wedding was pretty awesome. My wife would never let me do that!

  10. hhl says:

    we also get players for nothing. i e hamrlik, brisebois kostopoulos smolinski.

  11. hhl says:

    plus i doubt that gainey would say such a player on our team really what the hey was i thinking,resigning him know negative press.thats our job.

  12. Chuck says:

    Corey Locke scored two for Hamilton tonight:

    Friday, January 4th, 2008

    HAMILTON, ON – Corey Locke had two goals, including his first-career shorthanded marker and the game-winning tally, to lead the Hamilton Bulldogs to a 4-1 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday night at Copps Coliseum. The win marks the ‘Dogs third in as many games and improves their record to 13-14-1-5 on the season.

    The Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead with two first-period goals in a span of 2:04. At the 5:27 mark, Corey Locke capitalized on a giveaway by Grand Rapids netminder Jimmy Howard to open the scoring with his ninth goal of the season into an open net. The unassisted goal was Locke’s first-career shorthanded marker and was also the Dogs’ first shorthanded tally of the season. Locke then potted his second tally of the game at 7:31 of the frame from Duncan Milroy and Mathieu Carle.

    Hamilton then scored again just 34 seconds into the middle stanza when Greg Stewart tipped home Eric Manlow’s shot from the point to make the score 3-0. Matt D’Agostini also earned an assist on Stewart’s sixth goal of the campaign.

    Grand Rapids snapped Jaroslav Halak’s shutout bid at 15:12 of the final period when Darren Helm scored to cut Hamilton’s lead to 3-1. Evan McGrath and Jamie Tardif drew assists on Helm’s fourth goal of the season.

    Ajay Baines put the game away for the Bulldogs by scoring into an empty net with just 37 seconds remaining in the contest. Andrew Archer and Manlow picked up helpers on the 4-1 goal.

    The Bulldogs did not have a power-play opportunity in the game but went 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.

    Between the pipes, Halak stopped 24 of 25 shots to earn the win for the Bulldogs and has now allowed only two goals in his last three games. Halak’s counterpart Jimmy Howard allowed three goals on 28 shots in a losing effort for the Griffins.

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  13. hhl says:

    ummm not really. the year still has 40 games left plus playoffs.maybe he needed time to adjust. be a more complete player.his problem was not scoring,consistency and defence were his problems. unless a team will prove me wrong,for what hes worth on the market,were better off to keep him. if he starts to mess up, he prbably would sit again.we do have xtra bodies.

  14. hhl says:

    if he gets hot, i would rather keep him if it means making the playoffs. i mean, what would we get for him that would make a big difference.if someone makes a ridiculis offer, fine.but i doubt weed get good immediate help. oh and ryder is capable of scoring 5 in a week.which would make 11 by next so much for 50 in 39 though.

  15. J Haul says:

    You keep harping on the fact that Ryder needs lots of shots to score, well have a look at these couple links:

    Notice anything peculiar? Yes, thats right. Many of the same guys that are scoring a lot are also shooting a lot. The point you’re trying to make really isn’t much of one at all. Its common sense. Guys shoot more, guys score more. It isn’t just Ryder.

    You only other complaint seems to be plus/minus and its painfully obvious that we haven’t had any real standouts in that category for a while now. Again, its not just Ryder. Why is he the only one to feel the wrath then?

    By these standards, one would assume you’d rather have Samsonov here, considering he had a vastly superior plus/minus last year.

    Plus/minus in general, is a pretty silly stat when talking about a players worth to a team. It COULD be important when talking about players whose job it is to keep pucks out (ie defencemen), but aside from that it’s pretty much a “team stat”.

    Example of the +/- silliness: a player getting of the ice while his team gives up a breakaway and is scored on gets what?
    Yes, a minus 1. That player had nothing to do with the GA, yet he’s pegged as a failure along with everyone else that was on the ice at the time.

  16. martin says:

    Hope the guys show up, they haven’t fared well in the past playing afternoon games. It’s time for the real carey to show up and maybe watching team canada will get his motor going.

  17. Ed says:

    Agreed, Ryder & Huet will be gone, & maybe Koivu.

  18. Habs-Kat says:

    Not to mention Montoya could fetch something nice for the Rangers from a team thats in need of a solid number one goalie for the long-term. We’d have the same problem with the guy because we have plenty of goaltending depth. A three-way deal could make for interesting developments though.

  19. The Teacher says:

    Those are pretty much what Gainey is considering doing. However, it might be useful to let Price see Huet handle the Montreal playoff pressure (which is a whooole different breed) for one year before having him play full-time.

    i hate to lose Huet for nothing though. It IS a quandary. But I agree, if a trade is made, it should only be for those 3 reasons you mentioned.

  20. yehaken says:

    or how about Ryder gets hot and scores goals for us and the worst of the Staals can stay where he is.

    This is the attitude that wanted to trade Kovalev for a sack of monkey balls last year, or would trade Koivu for Marleau this year. We’re 7 points out of first and 5 points out of 10th. In this league, everyone has all the information.

  21. Ed says:

    Cournoyer, we have not won the cup because you are retired? I have no idea why it is your fault.

  22. Ed says:

    You can’t resist bringing Ryder into any conversation, can you?

  23. Ed says:

    I agree. Latendresse is only 20, & has proven last year & this year that he is a goal scorer. He is very strong, & has a great nose for the net. His future looks good.

  24. Ed says:

    “he needs buckets of goals to score one” – what exactly do you mean by that? It does not make sense to me.

  25. TradeRyder says:

    The Canadians looked pretty good but Mason was amazing. Incredible what the guy went through today and still pulled it off.

    More importantly – your wife watches hockey with you – even AFTER the game’s done. Wow Timo! I’m impressed!

    Let the kids play… let the non-performers watch or walk.

  26. Ed says:

    Why would I find it frustrating that Gainey thinks Ryder is the real deal. That is music to my ears. Gainey knows that of which he speaks, and he does not speak from animosity. He speaks as a very knowledgeable hockey person.

  27. Mattee. says:

    awesome. I’ll go up there and read it then k. No point hanging around down here. not much going on… kinda lonely…

  28. Ed says:

    You want to trade Ryder for the right reasons. After what’s happened this season, I can’t see him returning to go through that pressure cooker again. A sensible person would not subject themselves to another season of booing, name calling, etc. Let’s get what we can for him before he goes to Boston, or, God forbid, Toronto.

    You like Ryder, but TradeRyder does not. Just a few days ago, he was saying that Ryder was a waste of a sweater. I don’t think I would be able to say that about any NHL player, no matter what team he was with. I imagine that a few of us on HIO were Habs wannabes, but were not close to being good enough. You are only a waste of a sweater if you are not good enough to play in the NHL.

  29. TradeRyder says:

    I’m with you and Ian. How can you pick on Lats? If there’s anyone on the team whose game has picked UP it’s Lats. And on pace for 25 – on a team that needs scoring… and aggressive on the boards and in front of the net. What more could you ask. And I was NOT a Lats fan at the start of the year when he seemed a little lost. Now the guy makes things happen. Period. Can’t argue with that – it’s a fact. Compare that to some millionaires on the team who are on pace for, I dunno, maybe 10-12 goals.

    Let the kids play… let the non-performers watch or walk.

  30. TradeRyder says:

    Because it’s the same-old same-old foolish love fest. Doesn’t make sense.
    And from some reports, Gainey is behind Ryder and thinks he’s “the real deal”. Frustrating as I’m sure that is for you.
    Let the kids play… let the non-performers watch or walk.

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