Spacek still out

Defenceman Jaroslav Spacek was one of three players to skate at Nassau Coliseum this morning but he won’t be in the lineup tonight against the New York Islanders.

“I’ve been out for four days and i want to have at least one good practice,” said Spacek, who has missed the previous two games with the flu. “If I had to play, I probably could but the team is playing well.”

Ben Maxwell will join Spacek as a healthy scratch. Jaroslav Halak will start in goal.

PRE-GAME AUDIO: Mark Streit | Martin Biron (hilarious on “telling the truth now” during his English interviews)



  1. J. Ambrose says:

    I guess Paul Mara is finished as a Hab. Even an injury won’t get him back in the line-up.

  2. twocents says:

    Mara had season-ending surgery on his shoulder in mid March.

  3. joeybarrie says:

    Does that mean he won’t be back in the lineup for the playoffs?

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  4. twocents says:

    It all depends on how deep into spring the Habs continue to play.

  5. J. Ambrose says:

    Ah, I was in Europe at that time, so hadn’t heard. Thanks.

  6. shootdapuck says:

    With a Plus/Minus only slightly worse than Lapierre’s not likely!

    But also he isn’t awarded a free pass either.



    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

  7. Say Ash says:

    If they make it deep into spring without him, they probably wouldn’t need him.

  8. twocents says:

    I am just making the point that he won’t be available until then.

  9. fuhgawz says:

    is any channel carrying this game other then RDS?

  10. mike g says:

    sadly not…

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  11. SPATS says:

    Today’s lesson from the english/joual dictionary for those of you who watch RDS but don’t understand… and yes, I know I don’t nail it… but close enuff? 😉

    Pass a l’aveuglette (pass a lav-uglett) = blind pass

    Revirement (ruh-veer-maw) = turnover

    Kafoiulle (ka-fooey) = struggling –

    “O’Byrne kafouille avec la rondelle, et decide de faire une passe a l’aveuglette et voila – un revirement”

    ” O’Byrne is struggling to control the puck and decides to make a blind pass, and whatdyaknow – a turnover”

    Just pray that Pierre Houde doesn’t follow this sequence with “Et le but!” cuz, it’ll be against us

    Another option (but you may need a PVR to synch up the audio to the TV) is to listen to the game on (click on “listen now” in the top left corner) and watch on RDS. Rick Moffat is fun to listen to although he can’t use the word “dangle” like he used to (unless we’re playing Ottawa) and I love Murray Wilsons dry colour. I especially love the sponsored power plays (cheese factor 10) Myself, I’ve converted to RDSHD, the image is much cleaner that CBC and Houde and Brunet travel with the team so they have a little more inside info and are true Habsmen. And my joual has never been better.

    True story:

    Q: “S’il vous plait, est-ce que je peu avoir un chien chaud tout garni?”

    A: “Ahhh? Oh, un otdog alldress? way monboy”

    good luck


  12. wmarcello says:

    For future reference, has the carriers listed for each game on their scores page. Look just above each matchup where the start time is listed.

  13. linp says:

    I am not that disappointed. Our team plays better with four balanced lines. JM’s “system” works better in this setup.

  14. twocents says:

    Our team played pretty friggin’ well during the 6 game winning streak too.

    People get too worked up about single player adjustments in my opinion. Unless you’re talking about a superstar or at the very least a first line forward or number one D, these little roster moves have minimal, or certainly unclear, impact on the final score. Any player in the middle of our talent pool brings a different mixture of strengths and weaknesses.

    It’s all a matter of whether their strengths outweigh their weaknesses in any given game. When it comes to Bergeron, I’d say that is very much in question from game to game. In Spacek’s case he has proven to be on the good side of that mix in a majority of games this season.


  15. wmarcello says:

    I tore into MAB after his game against the Flyers, but he was a lot more solid against Buffalo so I give him a bit of credit. A big credit should also go to JM for managing his defense lines A LOT better against the Sabres, relying heavily on Markov and Gorges, while limiting the minutes for MAB and even Hamrlik a little who played WAY too much against the Flyers.

    In all I still like this team more with a regular 4th line like against the Sabres, bumping MAB from the lineup once Spacek comes back. Until that happens, hopefully MAB can remain solid.

  16. J. Ambrose says:

    Totally agree. Taking away a forward position just so that MAB can get maybe one shot away on the PP severely diminishes the effectiveness of our would-be checking line. If we MUST use him, then leave him on defense and limit his ice-time… until Spacek returns. His effectiveness on the PP ended long before the Olympic break.

  17. SegerHabs says:

    I keep reading about people being worried about the game coming down to Saturday night…and I agree, I would like to avoid the stress. But 3 years ago, that Saturday Night, Game 82 show-down could have been avoided by getting a win in New York against the Rangers.

    Hopefully history doesn’t repeat itself and a win tonight in the New York State would make life a little more comfortable this week!

  18. SPATS says:

    Yippers, this isn’t american league baseball, With Spatch back, MAB would be a pinch hitter, better to have Pyatt in there and MAB in the pressbox

  19. Shublips says:

    Let’s hope Habs make it easier on themselves by winning tonight.  Don’t trip, like I did!


  20. Storm Man says:

    Tonights score 5-1

  21. HabsFansince49 says:

    They didn’t!!!!


    Don’t pretend to be an expert; just a die-hard Habs fan passing my opinion

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