PREGAME SHOW LIVE ON THE TEAM 990 TONIGHT, 630-730...CATCH ME AT 7!
Habs projected lines:
Andrei Kostitsyn-Saku Koivu-Matt D'Agostini
Christopher Higgins-Robert Lang-Alex Kovalev
Alex Tanguay-Tomas Plekanec-Tom Kostopoulos
Steve Bégin-Maxim Lapierre-Georges Laraque
Scratches: Sergei Kostitsyn, Ryan O'Byrne, Guillaume Latendresse.
The Habs will look to animate a flat-lining powerplay tonight vs the Thrashers, who have the worst penalty-killing percentage in the NHL. They've allowed 27 goals on 103 powerplay opportunities against, resulting in a dysmal 73.8% efficiency rating.
Montreal's powerplay, who for the previous two seasons ranked first, finds itself ranked 23rd in the league. The problem has been spread out, from the failure to enter the zone and setup, to the non-factor that is a shot from the point, and to the individual disappointments of key contributors like Alex Kovalev.
The game is scheduled for 7:30 pm and can be seen live on TSN and RDS, HD of course.