Habs: Mtl Vs Pho: Pre Game Analysis
Like the Montreal Canadiens, the Coyotes only registered one win in their last three games. The Habs will try to generate more offence and get back on the winning path in Arizona tonight at 9:00 PM EST,
In the last three match ups, the offence was somewhat shy. The Habs (8-10-0) will play a team with a defense also decimated with injuries. The Coyotes (10-7-0) will have to play without D-men Zbynek Michalek and Kurt Sauer and Ed Jovanovski will be a game-time decision.
Despite these injuries, the Coyotes shows a surprising season start particularily because of netminder Ilya Bryzgalov's performance who shows the third GAA record in the league at 1.98 and sixth in save percentage at .925.
Stopped by Kiprusoff (Calgary), Niittymaki (Tampa Bay) and Pavalec (Atlanta) in their last three losses, the Canadiens will have to resolve Bryzgalov enigma.
To accomplish that, head coach Jacques Martin has decided to reunite again Michael Cammalleri, Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta on the first line. Martin hopes to see Gomez find the back of the net and end a 9-game goalless drought. Cammalleri only got two points in his last seven game.
Martin also decided to give Tom Pyatt a chance on the second line with Plekanec and Andrei Kostitsyn. Pyatt will also get the excitement to play against his senior brother, Taylor. The third line will be filled with Glen Metropolit flanked by Pacioretty and Moen. Maxime Lapierre returns to the fourth line, centering Latendress and Ryan White.
The "Bleu-Blanc-Rouge" won their last five games against Phoenix dominating 21-10 in goals for. Nontheless, the Coyotes represent a tougher prey to hunt this season. Shane Doan leads the team in the points column, notching 5 goals and 9 assists. Former Habs, Robert Lang, harvested 3 goals and 5 assists in 17 games.
Doan, Lang and their team mates will face goaltender Carey Price. A doubtful decision since Halak is playing much better than Price since the beginning of the season. The only reasoning behind this decision is that Halak never played against the Phoenix Coyotes while Carey Price has a winning 2-0-0 record and a GAA of 1.50 against them.
The Coyotes are coming out of 4 days off after being defeated 4-3 against the Anaheim Ducks, last Saturday.
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