Monday, April 06, 2009

Fingers Crossed

Markov and Schneider are both out of the lineup tonight.

Doug Janik has been recalled to replace the extra man, not AHL-scoring phenom Yannick Weber. The PP-powered resurgence will be tested with Hamrlik, Gorges and Brisebois at the point. Look for a different PP and a different game vs. Ottawa tonight.

Things you should know about Janik:

1) He is Don Lever's man
Don Lever was in the Buffalo organisation that drafted Janik from the University of Maine in 1999. He saw his first NHL training camps when Lever was there to evaluate. Don may have had a say in his acquisition, and he probably had something to say about this recall (i.e., Janik > anyone else)

2) The Canadiens scouts from yore will know him from their days scouting Ron Hainsey
They were on the same US Junior National team

3) He was a full-time NHLer until the demotion in Dallas this season

4) He wore #33 in Dallas this season and also earlier in his career in Buffalo

5) He's been helping the Bulldogs win without scoring
...and stay in the consolation prize for whatever passes for a Jennings trophy in the AHL

6) He's the 10th Doug in Montreal Canadiens history
You may remember some of the others...

7) He'll do for a game

8) And courtesy of Olivier: Janik has a following...

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