Wiz returns, Martin tweaks lines

AUDIO: Brian Gionta | Hal Gill | Jacques Martin (barely audible) | Jeff Halpern | P.K. Subban

Defenceman James Wisniewski returned to practice today after missing two games with the flu. He’s expected to face the Bruins tomorrow night in Boston.

Jacques Martin, who juggled his lines for the last two periods Sunday against the Devils, returned to a more familiar lineup. There are some changes on the bottom two lines. Jeff Halpern is between Benoit Pouliot and Travis Moen in what shapes up a checking line. David Desharnais is between Tom Pyatt and Mathieu Darche on a line which didn’t see much ice time against Jersey and probably won’t see much more action in Boston.

The top line has Max Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta while Scott Gomez is with Andrei Kostitsyn and Lars Eller.
Michael Cammalleri is still out with a separated shoulder. He didn’t skate with the team and will not accompany the team to Boston.

Defence pairings are Hal Gill-P.K. Subban, Roman Hamrlik-Wiz and Jaro Spacek-Yannick Weber, with Alexandre Picard as extra Dman.

The Bruins had a casualty at practice this morning. A shot hit Patrice Bergeron in the chin and he was taken to hospital for stitches.

156 Comments

  1. Maksimir says:

    I like that line up you got. Hey JM – pay attention.

    I’d also like to see Desharnais and Max Pac reunited when on the PP. THe way it has been working lately – it couldn’t hurt to try it.

  2. jimmy shaker says:

    I don’t mind that thought process of  Cammy/Gomer/Gio… Patch/Pleks/AK46…..here I would change the bottom lines and go with Darche/Halpern/Pouliot and then Moen/DD/Eller.  I don’t see a number on any of the lines, I think Pleks and gomer’s lines are 1A and 1B then the bottom 2 lines would be 2A and 2B.  Roll all the lines, because all these lines are strong and responsible and can handle being out there in any situation.  I like to see it this way, but I know JM wouldn’t do something that makes too much sense.  But I still would like Darche out there on the PP because he and Patch are the only guys willing to stand in front of the tenders.

    Shaker

  3. oshawahabsfan says:

    Ah yes, I forgot about that one! I thought of that once Desharnais was called up, They worked so well in Hamilton, why not give them a shot on the PP up here?

  4. HabFanSince72 says:

    The Pens are in the market for a centre with Malkin and Crosby injured.

    What would it take to get them to take Scott G. off our hands?

     

  5. fbkj says:

    good stuff, way to school leclerc’s breakdown :P

  6. ds says:

    A win tomorrow will be huge.  Last time we played Boston, there was that late third period comeback, let’s blow them out this time.

     

    Regarding D.D., has there ever been a shortie center 5’7 in the NHL?  Martin St. Louis & Theo Fleury were shorty RWs with great careers, why not try to convert him to a playmaking winger.  At center there are many responsibilities that are difficult for shorter players.

     

    Second of all A. Kost has played well of late, saw him back check, made some nice runs, hopefully a friendly competition with Max Pac will develop between these two causing them to become better.

     

    Wiz is back and that will have a huge impact.  Another defenseman with a hard shot from the point. 

     

    Breaking up Darche & Pouillot?  Doesn’t seem like a smart idea IMO. 

     

    Personally I’d go

    Pac-Plex-Gio

    Pouillot-Gomez-Darche

    Moen-Halpern-A.Kost

    Pyatt-Eller-DD

  7. HardHabits says:

    Interesting what if. If the Habs had 2 extra wins than losses they’d be 3rd over-all in the Eastern Conference. 3 more wins than losses and they’d be 2nd in the East. 6 extra wins and it’d be 1st. 3 extra losses and the Habs would still be in the play-off picture, 6 more losses and they’d be where they’ve too often been at this time of the year, in 10th place and outside looking in, fighting for that last play-off spot.

    As people have said. Baby Steps.

  8. arcosenate says:

    $17.5 million?

  9. punkster says:

    Good work Robert!

    ***Subbang!!!***

  10. DearyLeary says:

    An act of God.

  11. shiram says:

    Dc 35 on a persuasion check.

  12. TomNickle says:

    Like so many others you seem to want him gone.  Do you think we can win without him?

  13. secretdragonfly says:

    Habs Alumni play for charity in Beaconsfield – here are some pics, in case this hasn’t been posted. Scroll down to the bottom for the captions. Is it just me, or does Donald Brashear still look pretty scary?

    http://westislandgazette.com/node/20413

  14. HardHabits says:

    Nothing was more exciting than watching Dregger and McKenzie watch the clock tick as nothing happened on who get’s to sign KovyII day.

  15. 24 Cups says:

    Dave – It’s the West that blows my mind.  Eight teams are five points apart for the last five playoff spots.  Talk about parity.

    If Montreal was in the West, they would be tied with Dallas for 3rd spot overall.

     


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