The latest West-Coast swing draws to a close tonight when the Canadiens visit Vancouver to take on the Canucks. After a couple of lacklustre performances in Calgary and Edmonton (to put it mildly), the Habs barely managed to squeak out a win on Friday in Colorado to run their record on the trip to 1-2-0. Can they keep it going tonight, or will the combined strength of Luongo and Team Sweden (Canadian branch) be enough to send the Habs to their third loss against a Western Canadian franchise within the week? Only time will tell.
Jaroslav Halak gets a well-deserved second straight start after his heroics in Colorado, and hopefully the team decides to give him some defensive support for more than 15 minutes or so as a secondary reward. It also would not be surprising to see Kyle Chipchura draw in on the third or fourth line in place of the largely ineffective Georges Laraque to try and get even a bit more out of the offence. When your role players (Brisebois, Boullion, Kostopoulos, Dandenault and Lapierre) have recently become the most consistent scoring threat on your team, things will continue to be done to get the "big lines" going and that seems like as good a place as any to start.