Neither David Desharnais nor Max Pacioretty made the Canadiens out of training camp last September. They started the year in Hamilton and in the first three months of their season were part of the most devastating line in the American Hockey League. When Pacioretty was called up December 13th the pair were tied with 32 points in 27 games. Pacioretty led the AHL with 17 goals and Desharnais had 7 goals and 25 assists.
Jacques Martin, in an attempt to recapture the magic, will re-unite the pair for the first time in the NHL. If Martin really wants to go whole hog, the rightwinger on that Hamilton line was
Off his strong season debut Thursday night against Calgary, Lars Eller has gone from fourth line left winger to the first line with Tomas Plekanec and Erik Cole. Travis Moen moves from the Plekanec line to left wing with Gomez and Gionta.
Something also had to be done with the power play which is now 1 for 13.. Tomas Plekanec on the point was an interesting experiment, but it didn’t work. So now the first PP unit will be Desharnais, Plekanec and Pacioretty plus Subban and Weber on the points. The most interesting thing about the second unit is the point pairing which will feature the two rookies Diaz and Emelin with Gomez Gionta and Cole up front.
So, tomorrow’s projected lines.
81-Lars Eller 14-Tomas Plekanec 72-Erik Cole
32-Travis Moen 11-ScottGomez 21-Brian Gionta
67-Max Pacioretty 51-David Desharnais 46- Andrei Kostitsyn;
52-Mathieu Darche 63-Andeas Engqvist 60-Aaron Palushaj.
75-Hal Gill 76-P.K. Subban
26-Josh Gorges 61-Raphael Diaz
74-AlexeiYemelin 68-Yannick Weber