I recently wrote about Guy Carbonneau's "Flex Lineup", and Yannick Weber's call-up warranting its return. RDS is reporting that tonight's lineup versus the Toronto Maple Leafs will feature 11 forwards and seven defencemen.
Yannick Weber will serve as the seventh blue-liner, while Steve Begin will handle game observation and analysis duties from up high, alongside Christopher Higgins and the rest of the walking wounded.
This move, while not necessarily a bad one, is a bit ironic. The power-play will receive its "slapshot injection" only hours after it capitalized and scored two goals against the league's top ranked penalty kill, while also showing some good pressure on a couple of power-plays during the game.
Irony aside, the move is well timed given tonight's opponent. Don't be surprised to see Weber step in for Patice Brisebois should the Habs take a lead of two goals or more.
The Leafs are not a huge threat to come back from behind, and such a situation is perfect for Yannick Weber to start gaining some NHL experience. It will also give the Breezer a much-needed breather.
That's our coach. Always keeping us on our toes.