I understand not wanting to mess with a winning lineup, but I simply can't understand why Bob Gainey would once again call on the services of Patrice Brisebois for tonight's game against the Lightning.
Gainey has insisted on using players with experience, and few on the Canadiens have more than Brisebois. But much of his experience is as a mistake-prone defenceman who tends to wither in the face of physical teams. I'm not saying the Lightning is the Broad Street Bullies, but I can see them laying on an aggressive foreheck tonight and I'm not sure Brisebois will be that effective.
Tuesday night against Atlanta, Brisebois was probably the most glaring negative point for the Canadiens. It was his hesitant pinch at the blue line that led to Atlanta's first goal, though Guillaume Latendresse was ultimately at fault on that play for failing to cover for his defenceman. Still, Brisebois' initial decision to pinch when he had no hope of reaching the puck first was a poor one.
He was a team-worst minus-2 on Tuesday night and was credited with only two giveaways, though it appeared like more becuase they were so glaring, including a vintage Brisebois pass up the middle that was picked off by the Thrashers in the slot.
I know Ryan O'Byrne is not brimming with confidence and he's also prone to errors, but I refuse to believe he coould be worse than Brisebois was Tuesday night.