Montreal - The Canadiens are in desperate need to generate offence. The team will be on a short two-game road trip against the Phoenix Coyotes and former team mate Robert Lang.
In the passed three games, the defensive squads got a lot tighter yielding only five goals. But only managed to light it up twice in regulation. They have lost 3-1 to the Lightning and 1-0 to the Flames after winning 2-1 against Boston in a shootout.
Last week, the defense gave up five goals for a loss to Atlanta and four goals in a shootout win aganst Toronto. During that time head coach Jacques Martin has been juggling his lines in search of generating some offence.
In yesterday's (Wednesday) practice, Tom Pyatt was put onto the second-line to flank Tomas Plekanec with Andrei Kostitsyn on the other side. Averaging close to ten minutes of ice time Pyatt should see more action tonight.
The first line formed by Gomez, Gionta and Cammalleri is the only line showing consistency and keeping these guys together is more of a necessity than preference.
As Pyatt will find some excitement playing on the second line, he also will be thrilled to play against his older brother, Taylor, a Coyotes forward.
Metropolit isn't going anywhere as he will remain between Moen and Pacioretty on the third line. Fourth line will be filled with Latendresse and White flanking Lapierre.
The Habs have scored three goals or less in thirteen of eighteen games so far. In six of those, they've scored only once in regulation. They were blanked Tuesday against Calgary.
The good news for the Canadiens is that their PK units, ranked 22nd, is not collapsing under the massive workload left by injured D-men Markov, O'Byrne and Gill.
The question is: Who will be in nets? The logic should put Halak back in the net for his second consecutive start. Halak played an excellent game against Calgary. The Montreal Canadiens organization cannot ignore Jaroslav Halak's talent and must come to the realization that Halak is, at this moment, playing better than Price.
Tonight should be the game that will give Jacques Martin a head start depending on the end result.
If the Canadiens win by a wide margin, then he can keep doing what he's doing. If the win in OT or shootout or lose, he will have to start thinking about sending down one player and call up Sergei Kostitsyn. Deep down, Sergei is a good kid. He must have learned his lesson and giving him a shot at redeeming himself towards the organization will give him a boost. And quite frankly, the boy can help the Canadiens getting back on track.
We are nearing the 20-games mark in the season and experiments must stop soon.
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