Notebook - Nov. 15, 2010
Cream of the crop: Fans can rest assured that despite being named the NHL’s first star of the week for his stellar play against the Canucks, Bruins and Hurricanes, Carey Price won’t be resting on his laurels any time soon.
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Back in the saddle: After waiting in the wings for the last seven games, Alexandre Picard is ready to re-introduce himself to the Bell Centre faithful on Tuesday night, coming in to replace the injured Andrei Markov.
“Look at a team like Colorado who has 10 injured guys already. We’ve been really lucky. It’s the first time in my career I haven’t seen any injuries in the first 15 games,” admitted the five-year NHL veteran. “It took an injury for me to get my chance to be in the lineup because the guys have been playing great. They’re doing a great job defensively and the team is playing really well as a whole. I’ve just been being patient and working hard and I’m excited to have this opportunity in front of me.”
Size is all relative: When questioned about whether his squad can match-up against a notoriously physical team like the Flyers, head coach Jacques Martin admitted that the best way to measure his team isn’t necessarily in feet and inches.
“If my memory serves me correctly, the Washington Capitals were a fairly big team,” reminded the Habs’ bench boss, whose team’s average size is 6-foot, 204-pounds compared to Philly’s slightly-taller 6-foot-1, 203-pound crew. “Last year in the playoffs just like in the regular season we played really well against teams like that. It’s not necessarily the size of the player that matters; it’s about the size of his heart. Our guys may not all be physically big, but they’re proud competitors.”
Learning from the past: About to faceoff against the second-best team in the East, Michael Cammalleri is focused on matching up against the current edition of the Flyers. But he hasn’t forgotten about the Philly team the Habs faced six months ago.
“Tomorrow we’re playing a team that’s above us in the standings and we all know they’re a very good team that seems to be playing well as of late. It’ll be a good test for us and we’re excited about it,” offered Cammalleri, who got just one of his 13 playoff goals against the Flyers in the Eastern Conference finals last spring. “I think we all remember who we lost to. Maybe that adds a little something to the game. But all in all, it’s a long way away from the playoffs and you’re just trying to get wins for this year.”
Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com.
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