Monday, January 5, 2009

Time to see if an old dog can learn new tricks

And that old dog would be Marc Denis, who was acquired precisely for this kind of situation.

To say Jaroslav Halak's confidence is shaken would be generous. To say he couldn't find the puck right now if it hit him between the eyes would probably be a little more accurate.

Denis didn't look incredibly solid the other night when he played the third period against the Devils, and frankly he made a few of those saves in spite of himself because the game looked very quick to someone who hadn't played an NHL contest in over a year.

I'm not sure if a guy who couldn't handle playing goalie for the Tampa Bay Lightning, a team that would probably dress a dog in pads if he could go post-to-post quick enough, will ever be able to make it all the way back to the form that made the Colorado Avalanche believe he could one day become Patrick Roy's successor.

What I am sure of is that Halak doesn't stand a chance of winning in New York on Wednesday unless the Habs are able to pump at least five goals past Henrik Lundqvist, so why not start Denis and see what he's got in the tank?

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