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Canadiens Vs Wild | October 30th, 2008 | 8:00 Pm Est


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- Starting Goaltenders -


Canadiens

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CAREY PRICE # 31
Wins: 4
Losses: 1
OT: 1
Save Percentage: .932
Goals Against Average: 2.06


Wild
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NIKLAS BACKSTROM # 32
Wins: 6
Losses: 0
OT: 1
Save Percentage: .932
Goals Against Average: 1.98


- Team Leaders -

Canadiens


Goals: Alex Tanguay (6)
Points: Saku Koivu & Andrei Markov (10)
Assists: Andrei Markov (10)
Plus/Minus: Saku Koivu (+8)
Power Play Goals: Alex Tanguay (3)

Wild

Goals: Antti Miettinen (6)
Points: Mikko Koivu (13)
Assists: Mikko Koivu (12)
Plus/Minus: Mikko Koivu (+5)
Power Play Goals: Antti Miettinen (2)

Television/Radio Broadcasts for tonight's game

RDS (HD), CJAD, CKAC (French)





*I can't be arsed to wait for the Wild to play before I can add the game day thread, so their statistics are from Oct. 29, 3:45PM*

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Minnesota is playing ex-Minnesota (Dallas Stars) right now. Stars appear to be winning, which is miraculous considering how they've been playing lately. It's end of the 2nd, 4-1 Dallas, and if Dallas can pull through the 3rd then it will be the first loss the Wild has received in regulation. Maybe there's hope for Les Boys yet!

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Minnesota is playing ex-Minnesota (Dallas Stars) right now. Stars appear to be winning, which is miraculous considering how they've been playing lately. It's end of the 2nd, 4-1 Dallas, and if Dallas can pull through the 3rd then it will be the first loss the Wild has received in regulation. Maybe there's hope for Les Boys yet!

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i was actually thinking if they beat dallas tonight we'd have better luck tommorow, because then they'd be on even more of a high - and there would probubly be less of a chance that they continue on a high note. if that makes any sense...

either way, i think we deffinantly have a shot at beating them. if we play 60 minutes there is no reason why we shouldn't win it.

GO HABS GO!!

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i was actually thinking if they beat dallas tonight we'd have better luck tommorow, because then they'd be on even more of a high - and there would probubly be less of a chance that they continue on a high note. if that makes any sense...

either way, i think we deffinantly have a shot at beating them. if we play 60 minutes there is no reason why we shouldn't win it.

GO HABS GO!!

I agree 100%. Cliche it might be, but 60 full minutes is absolutely essential if there is to be any success tomorrow night. If I had the time (and the skills :lol: ) to make one, I'd be outside tomorrow wearing a sandwich board that says "GO HABS GO! 60 Full Freakin' Minutes Already!!!"

I try not to abuse exclamation marks but it seems necessary in this situation.

I don't know what to make of this one. I think the Habs definitely are capable of beating the Wild, hands down. At the same time, Minnesota only took their first reg. loss tonight and that's a pretty good streak they had going. There's no way they're happy about it. Will they bounce back and be on their game tomorrow? Or are they in the midst of struggling for a bit? It happens to almost every team. Either way, I think it's a crapshoot. It all depends on what happens on the ice tomorrow.

I think, though, 2 important things need to happen:

- hit the wide open nets

- score on the PP. Lots. Passing is pretty but pays no points.

Just my 5 eggs worth ... :D

GO HABS GO!

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Driving down to Minn for the game tomorrow! With the scheduling, we don't get to see them near us often. I'm very excited to see this year's version of the Habs play.

I just drove down today from Thunder Bay as well! Went and blew some cash at Mystic Lake Casino, and now i'm ready for the game tomorrow! Any idea of after game parties??

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Minnesota has done their homework on this team and the only way we emerge from this one with a win is if they are off their game or we do something differently. Since we can only control one of those factors, these are my suggestions of what we can do to ensure a victory :

- Play simple hockey. The Wild were all over our passes and lanes last time. While they are focusing on that aspect of our game, we hit them hard with tight forechecking, dump ins, crashing the net, setting up a man in front and pounding the shots through. The old rope and dope. Show them a couple of shiny automatic rifles and then hit them hard with sticks and stones.

- Play a full game. Each player only has to play roughly a period, perhaps a period and a half if you are on defense, as far as minutes go. So it is technically impossible to play a full game, but it would be a pleasant change to see someone at least make the attempt.

- When you have a chance at a wide open net, put the puck in it. There honestly are few excuses for someone who spends their life with a stick in their hand to have that much difficult smacking an oversized oreo into a net that is hundreds of times larger than the cookie itself. It doesn't mean you can't miss on occasion, it just means you have to hit it a decent number of times.

- When your goaltender is within 25 feet of you and/or the puck. You are on defense. Often, you are on defense outside of that range, but that is a discretionary call that is yours to make. When the puck falls within this area and you are in that same area, the choice is taken away from you. Pay attention and get that puck outside of that area before you start thinking about offense. If the puck is within 25 feet of your goaltender and you are not, you are either moving towards your goaltender or the puck with a sense of urgency, heading to the bench, or you are incapacitated.

That should be all it takes.

Four goals against this team is enough to count as a blowout and is only necessary if we allow them more than one or two goals. Keep them low on the board and we should be able to do more than enough to put this game away.

Go Habs Go!

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The key is to score a couple of quick goals and force the Wild to open up their game. They are pretty disciplined, but if the Canadiens knock the crap out of Miko, and Miettinen, then that will slow them down.

Score on Backstrom and run him from the crease.

We’ll take this game. We are the better team.

Go Carey Go

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