Habs Face Isles' Streit, Danis

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Habs Face Isles' Streit, Danis

What is it about playing Montreal that brings out the best in the players that have worn the red-white and blue? It always seems like they come back with something to prove and often make the fans wonder: Why did they leave in the first place? But the economics of the new NHL, free agency and for a few lucky teams like the Habs, impressive young talent waiting in the wings, make the answer moot. They had to go.

Welcome back Yann Danis, we hardly knew you! He played six games for Montreal, a decent 2.69 GAA and .908 SV% including one shutout. Stuck between Jose Theodore and a rising Cristobal Huet, he was doomed back to the AHL until this week. Rick Dipietro's injury and lackluster performances by Joey MacDonald convinced Coach Gordon to play the "rookie" against his old team. Smart. Think Tomas Vokoun. Or Patrick Roy? O.K. maybe not Roy but still...

Welcome back Mark Streit, we miss you! Well, not really, but kind of...I mean you have to feel some regret losing your third best scorer last year to free agency! Plus he leads the Islanders in points, tied with Doug Weight at 8 and averages more than 26 minutes of ice time per game! He will be looking forward to playing against his old mates and the Canadiens will have to keep a close eye on him. He is the kind of player that could have a career game and single-handedly beat Montreal at their own game: speed.

Montreal could be going into the game tonight expecting an easy win against the lowly Isles, but be warned! If they start getting into penalty trouble like they did against the Wild (10 PK's), they will be facing one of the leagues hottest power play point men in Mark Streit. Carey Price better watch his glove side...

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