Notebook - Oct. 7 2010
As advertised: Almost a year to the day since opening the season at the ACC a year ago, the Canadiens know exactly what kind of extracurricular activities the Leafs have tonight.
“It’s no secret what kind of game they like to play,” said Travis Moen, who remembers how the Leafs spent last year’s season-opener in the penalty box. “We’re expecting a physical game tonight and we know they like to throw the body any chance they get. We’re going to have to match that intensity but still keep our cool and make sure we play our game.”
Eller does his homework: He may have grown up over 6,000 km away from Montreal, but Lars Eller is aware what the logo on his jersey means especially in enemy territory like Toronto.
“Every game is exciting but this one is even more than that,” explained the 21-year-old Dane. “It’s the fist game of the season, against the Leafs and in Toronto. I know all about the history and tradition that exists between these two teams and what this jersey represents.”
Carey Chameleon?: After battling a nasty virus in the last few days, Carey Price was feeling much better. So much so that head coach Jacques Martin confirmed that the 23-year-old would be making his third-straight start in a season-opener, much to the relief of his good buddy Josh Gorges.
“I’m just glad to see a little color back in those cheeks of his,” laughed Gorges. “He was a little green for my liking. He’ll be ready to go tonight.”
No offense, Breezer: In preparation for his first regular game with the Canadiens, defenseman Alexandre Picard had something to clear up. After wearing the No. 43 all through training camp, Picard has made the switch to No. 45. For the record, the Gatineau native had nothing against the number made famous in Montreal by fellow d-man Patrice Brisebois.
“I’ve worn the No. 45 for years and all throughout my Quebec junior career, too,” explained Picard. “The No. 43 was one I was just given by the team at the start of camp.”
Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com.
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