Depth of talent is a Canadiens issue on both left and to a lesser extent on right wing. It is not a glaring problem at centre ice. where Desharnais, Plekanec and Eller hold the top three spots and there is large group of centremen who are in the wings waiting for their chance.
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The Canadiens. led by Tomas Plekanec, will have six players participating in the World hockey championships starting next weekend at Stockholm and Helskinki. Plekanec will be representing the Czech Republic for the fifth time.
The Canadiens played four games in six days last week, winning the last three against Conference rivals Philadelphia and Boston. It was a week that saw the dismissal of Perry Pearn from the coaching staff, the end of a six game losing streak.
With only six goals in three games a revamping of the Canadiens lineup was inevitable. Tomorrow night against the Colorado Avalanche there will be a new look not only in the even-strength lines, but also the power play units, which to date have produced one goal in thirteen opportunities.
In today’s NHL, they come and they go. In two games the Canadiens have lost three players and gained one. Michael Cammallleri and Jaroslav Spacek have joined Chris Campoli on the sidelines. Lars Eller will return to the lineup Thursday night in the home opener against Calgary.
It could have been worse. Cammalleri has a deep laceration is his right leg and will miss ten days to two weeks. Spacek has a probable rib injury which will keep him out three weeks.
The Canadiens returned to Montreal after last night’s loss in Toronto. The team practiced at their Brossard facility this morning. Tomorrow they head for Winnipeg for Sunday’s meeting with the Jets. Among off-day talking points, Lars Eller, Erik Cole, Chris Campoli, Joe Callahan and too-many-men-on-the-ice,
Scott Gomez is ready to play, David Desharnais has suffered a ‘lower body’ injury, Lars Eller will be back to full practice next week while Andrei Markov continues to skate alone. Part of Jacques Martin’s post-practice injury update Thursday.
RDS reports that Mathieu Darche has undergone abdominable surgery which will keep him away from any training for four to six weeks. Darche probably suffered the injury in February. He missed fifteen of seventeen games between February 10th and March 24th and then returned to play in the final eight games of the season and all seven playoff games.
Canadiens forward Lars Eller suffered a dislocated shoulder early in game six of the Boston-Montreal series. Although he played throught he injury, it was serious enough that it required surgery on Friday. Recuperation time will be between four to six months.
Everybody seems to have an opinion about what Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier should do in order to upgrade his team’s offense. It runs the gamut from sending the unproductive Scott Gomez and the remaining three years of his contract to the Hamilton Bulldogs to signing, and then trading Andrei Kostitsyn.
Gauthier doesn’t telegraph his punches a la Brian Burke, so like everyone else, we can only guess the direction he’ll take. .