After somewhat salvaging their 5-game road trip in Anaheim, the Sens skate their way back to Scotiabank Place for a date with Les Habitants. Last time these two teams met, the Sens won 3-1 in an emotional return to the Bell Centre for Alexei Kovalev. The Habs hosted their Cenntennial Celabration last Friday, and while it was sweet for them to win a resounding 5-1 over their arch-rivals in front of their home crowd, we must defeat them tonight.
Every hockey expert says the 1st game back from a road trip never turns out well. You can understand that with all the timezone changing and possible (somewhat?) jetlag. Personally, I don’t think it applies here. After losing four straight games, Cory Clouston wants to get this team on a roll. A win here would be perfect. Add in the fact that Jason Spezza and Kovalev played great with each other on Sunday, and I think you’ve got a win. Montreal played last night 3-1 in Philadelphia which doesn’t seem to be much but I can tell you there was mroe rough stuff than goals last night.
Today in Cam Barker: Things are at a crossroads right now. You have Stan Bowman who has said he will likely make moves at the draft and in the off-season, but he needsn ot to remember the “tagging” rule in the CBA. Bryan Murray would absolutely love to get Barker but the fact is the Hawks may be asking too much too soon. Bowman would let Ottawa have Brent Sopel, but Murray wants no part of him. Oh wow, soap opera in the making?
I’ll say 4-2 win tonight with Erik Karlsson getting his first career NHL goal. Brian Elliott plays steady as well for the win.