In a week that sees several players take on former teams, Jaroslav Halak will be right in the mix of it all as he will be the starting netminder when the St. Louis Blues take on the Montreal Canadiens tonight. Halak played for Montreal for four seasons before the team decided to trade him for Lars Eller and Ian Schultz.
There was a goaltending controversy for the Canadiens at the time of the trade. Halak was coming off of a remarkable run in the playoffs, and the phrase “Halaked” was introduced into hockey’s lexicon.
That playoff run was back in 2010, yet Montreal still seems to appreciate what the goaltender did then. He received a standing ovation the last time he was in town in January of 2012, which is pretty remarkable since he’d just got done shutting out the Canadiens.
He’ll look to repeat that strong performance against his former team tonight, and the Blues will look to continue their recent string of strong play against a Montreal team that is facing some internal turmoil at the moment. St. Louis has won three of its last four contests, while the Canadiens have dropped two straight.
P.K. Subban and head coach Michel Therrien are butting heads in the press, and the situation is quickly becoming a distraction for a team that is looking to remain in the playoff hunt despite an inconsistent start. They’ll have their hands full with the Blues tonight, as St. Louis is one of the better teams in hockey at the moment.