Guy Boucher left Hamilton over the summer, where he has teamed up with Tampa Bay’s new General Manager Steve Yzerman. Tonight he returns to Montreal as the Lightning take on the Canadiens in what should be an exciting matchup.
In his debut, Boucher came away with a victory thanks to Steven Stamkos’ two goal effort to bost the Bolts in a 5-3 win over the Atlanta Thrashers. However, this will be Boucher’s biggest test so far, and the focus will certainly be on him. Boucher brings with him native Quebecers Martin St Louis, Vincent Lecavalier and new acquisition Simon Gagne to Montreal tonight.
The Bolts could turn a few heads this season. They have experienced players and lots of talented youngsters. Hopefully the balance will be right for Boucher in his first NHL job.
Hot off a dramatic win against Pittsburgh on Saturday, the Canadiens offense will be buzzing with confidence. However, the Bolts certainly shouldn’t be under-estimated.
Stamkos was the joint-top NHL goal-scorer last season, tied with Sidney Crosby with 51 goals. He is a very gifted young player, and has clearly learnt a lot from Lecavalier and St Louis.
The two new additions to the Canadiens lineup, Jeff Halpern and Dustin Boyd, have already given the Habs a needed boost, and Mike Cammalleri looked deadly against Pittsburgh.
Dominic Moore had a good regular season for the Habs last time out. However he returns to Montreal as a member of the Lightning, adding a little extra fuel to what should be a thrilling contest.
Both teams are offensively minded, and both Carey Price and Mike Smith will need to be at their best, as they are likely to be in for a busy night at the Bell Centre.