Thursday, November 17, 2011

Your Canadiens for November 17, 2011

Some updates prior to the Canadiens engaging in the second half of back-to-back games, this one taking place in New York against the Islanders.

- Peter Budaj gets the call in goal for Montreal. With Carey Price recording a shutout last night, and there being a third game in four nights on Saturday, this seems like a good call. Budaj was solid enough in his last start, and Price will be back in goal to face the Rangers.

- Both Hal Gill and Jaroslav Spacek will be out again for tonight. This means Frederic St. Denis will play his second NHL game after a decent debut last night.
UPDATE: According to Renaud Lavoie this evening, Gill's illness has him in the hospital. Hopefully it's nothing too serious and I wish him the speediest and fullest of recoveries! It means, though, that he'll likely be out for Saturday's game as well.

- Evgeni Nabokov will get the start for New York against the Habs. Nabokov has played 7 games for the Isles, with a 1-5 record, 2.89 GAA, and .910 save percentage. Kyle Okposo, who is having a tough start to the season and has fallen out of favour somewhat in Long Island, will be a healthy scratch for a second consecutive game.

- There will be 4 Swiss-born players in tonight's game: Nino Niederreiter and former Canadien Mark Streit for the Isles, and of course Yannick Weber and Raphael Diaz for Montreal.

- The Abbotsford Heat have lent 21-year old center Mitch Wahl to the Hamilton Bulldogs for the remainder of this season. Wahl, a 2nd round draft pick of the Calgary Flames in 2008, missed all but 17 games in his AHL rookie season last year due to injury, and put up 5 points. The 6'0", 200 lbs California native spent 5 games in the ECHL this year where he scored 5 goals and 7 points, but has no points in 5 games at the AHL level. Note that even though Wahl will play for the 'Dogs, he remains Flames property and could not be called up by the Canadiens. For more on Wahl, see here:

- The Canadiens organization mourns the loss of former long-time trainer Eddy Palchak, who passed away last night. Rest in peace Eddy. See a nice tribute to him here:

- On a happier note, Mike Cammalleri Tweeted YouTube links to the latest series of BioSteel web ads. Here are the two that star the Habs' sniper.

- The CHL yesterday posted its latest edition of the Top 10 clubs CHL-wide:
You'll notice the teams of many Canadiens' junior prospects included:
#1 - Jarred Tinordi's London Knights
#2 - Nathan Beaulieu's Saint John Sea Dogs
#6 - Darren Dietz's Saskatoon Blades
#9 - Michael Bournival's Shawinigan Cataractes
Each of the four is a significant contributor to their team's success.

And speaking of Beaulieu, you can contribute to his Movember campaign and check out pics of him with a "stache" here:

- Former Montreal Canadiens defenseman Stephane Quintal has been hired by the National Hockey League to assist Brendan Shanahan with league player discipline issues.

- On the subject of discipline, it was finally made official today that Zdeno Chara will face no charges from Montreal police for his hit on Max Pacioretty.

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