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Oct 10-11, 2008: Hamilton Bulldogs @ Manitoba Moose

Hamilton Bulldogs: 0-0-0-0

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Manitoba Moose: 0-0-0-0

Season Series: 0-0-0-0

All-Time Series: 22-31-1-2-4 (W-L-T-OTL-SOL)

@ Manitoba: 14-14-0-0-2

Last Five Meetings (2-2-0-1)

12-27-07: Hamilton 3 Manitoba 1 (@ HAM)

02-01-08: Hamilton 2 Manitoba 1 (SO) (@ MTB)

02-02-08: Hamilton 2 Manitoba 0 (@ MTB)

03-07-08: Manitoba 2 Hamilton 0 (@ HAM)

03-09-08: Manitoba 3 Hamilton 1 (@ HAM)

Bulldogs NHL Affiliation: Montreal Canadiens

Manitoba plays host to the Hamilton Bulldogs in the opening series of the 2008-2009 AHL campaign. The Moose will begin season number eight in the AHL, while the 2007 Calder Cup Champion Bulldogs begin season number 13. Since joining the AHL in 2001 the Moose and Bulldogs have clashed 60 times in regular season action and twice in post season play. In 2003 Hamilton knocked off Manitoba four games to three in the Conference Semi-Finals. The Bulldogs came out on top once again in the 2007 Division Finals, beating the Moose in six games. Hamilton advanced to the Finals both years after clawing through Manitoba. Manitoba is opening on home-ice for the second consecutive season. The Moose have not won a season opener on home-ice since 2002 versus Worcester. The Bulldogs coaching staff of Don Lever and Ron Wilson returns for a fourth season behind the bench.

The Bulldogs lost much of their offense from 2007-08. Gone are six of their top seven scorers including Corey Locke, Jonathan Ferland, Daniel Corso, Duncan Milroy and Eric Manlow. Highly skilled Mikhail Grabovski was shipped to Toronto while team captain Ajay Baines inked a deal with Anaheim. With all the changes the Bulldogs welcome veteran scoring threats Mike Glumac and Yannik Lehoux. Highly touted rookie arrivals Max Pacioretty and Ben Maxwell are expected to make immediate impacts. Both had very impressive training camps with Montreal. Glumac, 28, has spent the last five seasons in the St.Louis Blues system. The Miami University product (1998-02) has appeared in 40 career NHL games, all with the Blues, scoring 13 points. Last season the chippy Glumac recored 21 goals and 49 points in 75 games with Peoria. Lehoux arrives in Montreal's system after a six season pro career that has seen the 26-year-old centre spend time with the Los Angeles Kings and Phoenix Coyotes organizations. Drafted in the third round (86th overall) by the Kings in 2000, the former junior whiz kid has skated in 10 career NHL games with two goals and four points. Matt D'Agostini, one of the few remaining connections to the 2007 championship team, is coming off a solid sophomore campaign which saw the 22-year-old winger record 53 points in 76 games and also make his NHL debut. Watch for rookie David Desharnais to also contribute offensively. The second-year pro led the ECHL in scoring las season with 106 points in 68 games. The five-foot-six playmaking centre was also named league MVP and top rookie. To top it off he led Cincinnati to the Kelly Cup title recording 33 points in 22 games.

Like the rest of the team, the blueline will have plenty of new fresh faces. Veteran Alex Henry has come over from Milwaukee, Shawn Belle was aquired during the off-season from Minnesota and Chad Anderson was snatched from Philadephia. Henry, 30, begins his second tour of duty with the Bulldogs. The former third round pick by Edmonton in 1998, Henry skated in 185 games for the club from 1999-02. In 175 career NHL games Henry has two goals and 11 points. Belle, 23, is already entering his third organization after being drafted in the first round (30th overall) in 2003 by St.Louis. The Edmonton native is a strong skater for his size at 6'1 and 235 pounds and adds a physical element to the game. Belle won a gold medal at the 2005 IIHF World Junior Championships with Team Canada in Grand Forks. One of Montreal's prized prospects, Yannik Weber begins his pro career in the Steal City. The Zurich, Switzerland product was Montreal's third round pick (73rd overall) in 2007. The 20-year-old posted an impressive 20 goals and 55 points in 59 OHL games with Kitchener last season.

Between the pipes the Bulldogs say good-bye to Yann Danis, Carey Price and Jaroslav Halak and say hello to a new tandam in NHL veteran Marc Denis and rookie Cedrik Desjardins. Denis, 31, signed a two-way deal during the off-season and is hoping to get his career back on track. In 348 career NHL games with Colorado, Columbus and Tampa Bay, Denis is 112-179-31 with a .902 save percentage. Originally drafted by Colorado 25th overall in 1995, Denis spent five seasons in the Avs system including backing up Patrick Roy before moving to the Blue Jackets from 2000-06. After signing with the Lightning in 2006 his career has been in doubts after sub-par play. A Montreal native, Denis was highly thoughtafter coming out of junior. His accolades include being named QMJHL goalie of the year in 1996-97 and winning back-to-back IIHF World Junior Championship gold medals with Canada in 1996 and 1997. Undrafted Cedrick Desjardins begins his first full season in the AHL after two standout seasons with the ECHL's Cincinnati Cyclones. The 23-year-old Desjardins has appeared in two Memorial Cup Finals. In 2005 he helped the Sidney Crosby led Rimouski squad to the finals and in 2006 he won the championship with the Patrick Roy coached Quebec Ramparts. Last season Desjardins won a Kelly Cup title leading Cinncinati to a six game series win over Las Vegas. Denis and Desjardins have never faced the Moose.

Bulldogs Veterans: Alex Henry, Yannik Lehoux, Mike Glumac

Full credit for the thread goes to "Matt" of the Moose boards.

GO DOGS GO!

It seems that Sportsjuice is not covering this game. Odd.

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Two wins to start the season. Nice. Checked out the game stats. Mike Keane is the Manitoba captain. Wow!!! He is older then me. Must just love hockey to be playing the AHL after a very good career in the NHL including winning the Cup a few times.

Keane is a warrior, one of my favorite Habs !!!

Good for the Dogs, sounds like they have a heck of a team !!!

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Two wins to start the season. Nice. Checked out the game stats. Mike Keane is the Manitoba captain. Wow!!! He is older then me. Must just love hockey to be playing the AHL after a very good career in the NHL including winning the Cup a few times.

I think this is his 3rd year in Manitoba.

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Great to see the Dogs win both games, its a good team this year, very able to win the Calder.

GO DOGS GO!!!

About good old Keane, nice to still see him in action, Ive got alott of respect for older athletes (I'm one of them aswell :P ), it takes alot of time and hard work to stay in shape and keep up with the young guys.

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