Line Em’ Up Part 2: The Montreal Canadiens’ D-Men, Special Teams, and Carey Price

September 23rd, 2010 by Steve Fusinato Leave a reply »
In last week’s first of two installments, we evaluated Jacques Martin’s options in terms of offensive line combinations.

This week is all about defense and special teams, with a little word about Carey Price to add the cherry on top of the proverbial sundae.

Let’s get things rolling with the Habs’ defensive pairings:

Born in Russia, proudly Canadian
Keeping in mind that we’re analysing the best pairings, we absolutely have to to include Andrei Markov, regardless of him missing the start of the campaign.

Fresh off the heels of obtaining his Canadian citizenship, Markov will be again be leading Montreal’s defensive corps.

After missing close to three months with a lacerated ankle last season, the Dynamo Moscow product returned to post up 35 points in 45 games; Markov also had four assists in the playoffs before colliding with Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke in Round 2—the very same injury he is now nursing back to health.

Ideally, number 79 will be lining up with Jaroslav Spacek on his right: A role that the Czech had to get accustomed to when he arrived on the Island. Just two years re ...

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