Notebook - Nov. 18, 2010
A familiar face: Thursday night’s game will mark the first meeting of the brothers Kostitsyn since Sergei was traded to Nashville over the summer. While the three points Sergei’s earned thus far with his new team are a far cry from Andrei’s 14, coach Jacques Martin points out that the younger Kostitsyn is still a player they need to be weary of.
“In a game like tonight’s, you can expect Sergei to be playing at his best,” explained the Canadiens’ head-coach. “He’s the kind of individual who will be looking to showcase his talent here, so we’re going to have to be ready to contain that.”
Nothing new: While most of the players on the Canadiens’ roster don’t have much experience against their Thursday night opponents, Benoit Pouliot had his fair share of success against the club during his days with the Minnesota Wild.
“I remember playing Nashville when I was with the Wild. I know they’re a really young team with a lot of talent and a great defensive core. Like with any team in the East, we’ll have to have a solid game if we expect to get the win,” promised Pouliot who notched two points in his three games against Nashville. “They’re coming to our house. If we take advantage of the momentum we’re riding right now and the fact that we’ll have our fans in our corner, things should go well.”
A familiar face Pt.2: Sergei Kostitsyn won’t be the only ex-Canadiens player sporting a Predators’ jersey come Thursday night. Look for Francis Bouillon, a nine-season veteran of the Habs to also be suiting up against his former team.
“He was one of the best teammates that I’ve been fortunate enough to play with,” said Josh Gorges on the subject of Bouillon. “It’s always weird meeting a guy you used be on a team with and used to be friends with, but it’s a lot of fun at the same time. We hope all the best for him in the long-term, but need to concentrate on winning tonight’s game.”
Emotional Charge: If there’s one thing that can be said about Tuesday night’s game against the Flyers it’s that emotions were running high. Even though the Habs know they can’t count on that same kind of rivalry to fuel their game against the Predators, the team understands keeping the same focus will be the key to them winning.
“You want to try and take that same energized feel and carry it over as best you can,” noted Hall Gill. “We play best when we keep our game simple and aggressive so it’s important that we remember that the two points at stake tonight are just as important as the two from the game we just played.”
Justin Fragapane is a writer for canadiens.com
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