Go West Young Habs

Lars EllerThe Montreal Canadiens will fly to Calgary and begin their 4 game western Canada road trip with a 1-1 record. On Wednesday it’s  Calgary, twenty four hours later they’ll be a little further north in Alberta to play Edmonton, on Saturday night the Habs and Canucks will play on Hockey Night in Canada and to wrap things up they play in Winnipeg on Tuesday. This is a trip that the team does ever, however last year was obviously an exception.

In Calgary the Canadiens will play the 1-0-2 Flames.

Even though Calgary has gotten a point in every game they’ve played, they will eventually run into some problems in the goaltending department. Joey MacDonald and Karri Ramo simply are not strong enough. The former Montreal Canadiens superstar Mike Cammalleri suffered a hand injury on September 23rd. He still has not come back and if he is out much longer the Flames’ problems will worsen very quickly.

304 kilometers north in Edmonton, the Oilers have lost forward Sam Gagner to a vicious mouth injury in the preseason and his services will not be back until late November. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins hurt his shoulder last April and his return is expected any day now. The Oilers are winless at 0-2. Defensemen Corey Potter and Denis Grebeshkov are both day to day. Head coach Dallas Eakins has not gotten his team off to the start they wanted but upon the return of these players things should turn around in Edmonton.

On Saturday Hockey Night in Canada will broadcast games from Toronto, Vancouver and San Jose. The Canadiens will play John Tortorella and the 2-1 Vancouver Canucks. Even though Alex Burrows is listed as day to day with a foot injury he will likely be out at least a couple of weeks. The story of the summer in Vancouver was trading goalie Cory Schneider at the draft in Newark, New Jersey to the home team Devils. Now Roberto Luongo and rookie Eddie Lack will play goal for the Canucks. The Montreal Canadiens will start goalie Carey Price as Vancouver as this is the closest N.H.L. city to his home town of Anahim Lake, B.C. Josh Gorges will also have family and friends in the stands from his hometown of Kelowna.

The last game on this road trip for the Canadiens will be on Tuesday in Winnipeg. These two teams won’t see each other as much this season as the Jets are now in the Western Conference. The Jets are 2-1 but lost a heartbreaker on October 6th after a brutal giveaway from Zach Bogosian. Evander Kane and Andrew Ladd are the teams’ top players and if everyone stays healthy they can compete for a playoff spot. Like they did last season.

Lars Eller is centering Alex Galchenyuk, and Brendan Gallagher on the teams’ third line. Eller has 5 points and was the N.H.L.’s second star of the first week of the season.


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