Two players who, let’s face it, haven’t been very good the final two weeks of 2011, duked it out in Canadiens practice today. Tomas Plekanec vs. P.K. Subban is more like a hissy-fit. According to hockeyfights.com Plekanec, in 509 career NHL games, has never been in a fight and Subban in his 117 game NHL career has been a mostly reluctant participant in five altercations. After the scrap was broken up by Josh Gorges, they continued to practice. Nobody hurt.
I’m sure there will be some who will try to make a big deal out of this ( remember Koivu vs. Ribiero?) Their point being some kind of erosion of team morale. In reality, take it for what it is; two frustrated guys in a slump over-reacting to a stick check behind the net. Subban wasn’t around for post-practice interviews. Plekanec said, “It was nothing. These things happen. Nobody is happy right now.”
We’re two days away from the next game so read what you will into the practice lines. Not much has changed since New Year’s Eve.
Pacioretty – Plekanec – Cole
Cammalleri-Desharnais – Blunden
Moen – Eller – Kostitsyn,
Darche – Nokelainen – Leblanc
After a night in the press box, looks like Leblanc will be back in the lineup for Wednesday against Winnipeg. Which would mean Yannick Weber will be a healthy scratch along with ‘Chris Campoli.
No sign of either Scott Gomez or Brian Gionta. Both continue to nurse their groin injuries back to health on the other ice surface away from their teammates. You can read into that, at least another two weeks before we see them return to the lineup. Ryan White, who underwent training camp sports hernia surgery, skated with Gomez and Gionta.