Notebook - Sept. 30, 2011
Pleky the point-man: With a reputation as one of the league’s elite two-way centers, who better to fill the position of Habs’ powerplay quarterback than Tomas Plekanec? Used on the point for the Canadiens’ Thursday night matchup against the Bolts, Plekanec took a lot of positives away from the experience.
“We only ended up having a couple of powerplays last night, but I didn’t think that it went badly. We had some good chances and we moved the puck really well. We didn’t end up scoring but we did a lot of positive things and hopefully we’ll be good for next week,” said Plekanec of adjusting to his new responsibilities.
“It’s a little bit different when you’re on the point and you have to look for all the seams and get used to it. I’ve got guys with great one-timers to my left and my right so it’s my job to try and set them up and figure out when to take a shot of my own, but I feel good out there and things should work out.”
Swiss Army knife: With a number of Habs forwards still sidelined and the regular season approaching, Yannick Weber will be counted on to showcase his versatility once again, stepping into the role of winger as the Canadiens face the Lightning in Quebec.
“Last year when it came to the playoffs, I mostly ended up playing as a forward and think it went well. I showed what I can do, and I’ll try to again if I get the chance,” promised Weber who notched two goals for the Habs during the team’s first-round series against the Bruins.
“Right now we have a lot of solid players on defense, but up front we’re dealing with a lot of injuries. If I can fill that spot it’s a good thing for me and it lets me stay in the lineup. I’d rather be playing as a winger than sitting in the stands. In the end it’s just a great way for me to be able to get more experience in this league.”
Chill out: While the Canadiens may be heading into their final game of the preseason with an underwhelming 1-6-0 record, Carey Price certainly isn’t worried. The Habs netminder, who had a rocky start of his own last preseason before going on to enjoy a career year, expressed his confidence that things will come together when it counts.
“We might not have a good record in the preseason, but no one’s panicking or anything. We have a few things that we need to sort out as a group. We obviously weren’t happy with the way things went last night, but on the other hand, it could have gone a lot different; we missed a lot of open nets and a lot of opportunities,” pointed out the 24-year-old All-Star.
“We still have a lot of guys that are being introduced to new systems that have never played with us before," he added. " The nucleus of our group is really going to have to show leadership now.”
Justin Fragapane is a writer for canadiens.com.
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