Habs Face Isles' Streit, Danis

Rob C.Correspondent INovember 1, 2008

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...

Related

    The Habs should sign Fleury to exploit a loophole

    Montreal Canadiens logo
    Montreal Canadiens

    The Habs should sign Fleury to exploit a loophole

    Eyes On The Prize
    via Eyes On The Prize

    Bergevin and Bouchard recall funny memories

    Montreal Canadiens logo
    Montreal Canadiens

    Bergevin and Bouchard recall funny memories

    Eyes On The Prize
    via Eyes On The Prize

    John Tavares in position to let Islanders’ anxiety keep growing

    New York Islanders logo
    New York Islanders

    John Tavares in position to let Islanders’ anxiety keep growing

    New York Post
    via New York Post

    Lightning Grab 3-2 Series Lead with Game 5 Win

    NHL logo
    NHL

    Lightning Grab 3-2 Series Lead with Game 5 Win

    Mike Chiari
    via Bleacher Report