Weber out, Darche in

There will be one lineup change tonight as Yannick Weber sits and Mathieu Darche rejoins Benoit Pouliot and Jeff Halpern.

The thinking is pretty simple – it’s better to have the Halpern line at full strength in 5-on-5 situations than to have Weber available for spot duty on the power play, especially when the Canadiens don’t get a lot of power play chances and Weber is on the second unit.

Scott Gomez is at his usual spot on the No. 2 line and he worked on his shooting this morning. He and linemate Travis Moen were on the ice for an extra half hour in addition to the usual morning skate.

Goaltender Carey Price makes his 21st start in 22 games.  

137 Comments

  1. HabFanSince72 says:

    19 minutes is actually below average for a d-man.

  2. andrewberkshire says:

    I agree, Martin is definitely working long term with Pouliot and Eller. I think by the 60 game mark we’re going to see how much that’s really paid off. Last year I was very very harsh on JM, but this year I’m beginning to think he’s quietly brilliant.

  3. Say Ash says:

    Did he bulk up? ‘Cause he was getting thrown around like a rag doll last year.

  4. CBrady12 says:

    Sorry, Ill explain it to you like a child…99% of comments are people complaining about the team….what do i know…obviously not much, im not complaining about the team…

     

    is that better smart ass?

  5. habaddict_andy says:

    So, what did JM do to Gomez for his lack of contribution?  Gomez’ play shows something’s not right.  In that breakaway he showed he has no patience with the puck, that’s why he can’t score.  If only he waited at least a second before making a move.  He’s inability to score in that breakaway or even at least a good effort shows he is over paid at least by 4 million.  When will he pay for his lack of production?

  6. Say Ash says:

    Ahem, you’re complaining about Habs fans.

  7. Storm Man says:

    AM79 should just jump on a jet plane and go see Dr James Andrews and stop wasting time.

  8. Kooch7800 says:

    I hope you are right but I highly doubt it.

    Cammy and Gio will score though.

  9. CBrady12 says:

    Habs fans are nuts…99% of comments are people complaining…yet we have above average NHL and AHL teams…decent cap management, a bunch of prospects, established veterans, a young stud on d, a young stud in nets and a coach who has won over 500 NHL games…we went to the ECF last year and were 1st in the east two seasons ago…I’m pretty happy to be a habs fan right now and I think we should stop taking for granted what we are treated to every night…but what do i know…obviously not much since im not complaining 

  10. nunacanadien says:

    I agree with the je ne sais quoi, you don’t hear Gomez cheer leading this year, for all the money we pay him, you would think at least Gomez could rally the fans like he did last year.

    I think it is related to being so talented that you forget your talent and you get into your own head.  What Gomez needs is another Halak-type controversy to wake him up, like Halak woke up Price.  Price should be thanking Halak for helping Price to mature in a good safe way.  So anyone know of a stable pony we could trade for so Gomez can feel like he is in Alaska again?

  11. rocketsglare says:

    Good for JM to put the team through a “tempered” bag skate and other intensive drills. This will definitely

    restore the team’s intensity and help refocus their game. Should be a different team tonight than the one

    that finished the game against the Flyers.

     

    Go Habs Go!

  12. thorandresson says:

    He’ll be on the club by the end of the year

  13. marshx says:

    Too bad they dealt him. Good Luck in Colorado Ryan.

  14. dh says:

    He also had him playing on the wrong side when he was on the PP.

  15. nunacanadien says:

    There is a way to get a small forward like Gomez to score, you just need to have big forwards who can clear a path for him….either that or Gomez needs to quarterback more plays that he was good at when he first came to Montreal. 

  16. Mark C says:

    I hate playing fake coach, but reuniting those three makes all the sense in the world. I love the way Benny has been playing (maybe it’s just me), but the fact that Martin doesn’t reunite this line or even try Benny with Gomez leads me to believe that Martin is taking a long-term approach to building Benny up as a player.

  17. observer says:

    or justin  tv sports or channelsurfing and on saturday nights cbc sports at cbc.ca

  18. andrewberkshire says:

    I have a feeling Smart Dog would be more than willing to piss anywhere near Gomez.

  19. GrimJim says:

    Nature vs nurture

    What would you be if you were attached to another object by an incline-plan wrapped helically around an axis?

  20. dancevon says:

    For anyone who is watching the game online,

    Here’s a great site that I use to watch the Habs games online:

    http://www.atdhe.net/index.html

    Usually has 2 or 3 different links for the Habs games.

    Go Habs Go!

     

  21. JD_ says:

    He’s more deflective than cocky. It’s often a sign of a hypersensitive personality.

    Not certain this has, however, any major bearin’ on his current slump.

    Someone needs to piss in his corn flakes. Get his mojo goin’.

  22. Saint-Laz HabsFan says:

    Good vs. Evil …

  23. dancevon says:

    Yeah those are great sites too!

  24. JD_ says:

    What the players did when Gautier was before Price said he knew. That’s why Gainney didn’t bring them in the first time when he saw that Plekanek was the same guy who did it in behind the other team’s net. It was the same when Kindrachuk was going to be the first in before he took over from Redmond. Told you so.


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