Thursday, December 9, 2010

Winning makes P.K. benching a tempest in a teapot

It's difficult to argue with success, and the Canadiens' season-high three game winning streak has gone a long way towards stifling the debate over P.K. Subban, who coincidentally was a healthy scratch for all three games. It would be ludicrous to suggest the Canadiens are a better team without Subban in the lineup than they are with him. What they've demonstrated in the absence of both Subban and the injured Andrei Markov is that they have quality depth along the blue line and a strong collective commitment to responsible defence. It also doesn't hurt that they're playing in front of the best goalie in the NHL so far this season.
Coach Jacques Martin took a calculated gamble by extending Subban's press box exile beyond the anticipated one game, and after consecutive wins over three non-playoff teams, Martin is perfectly positioned to re-insert Subban into the lineup tomorrow night against the Western Conference-leading Detroit Red Wings. Even if Subban sits again, success has ensured that the decision won't be a controversial one.
Of course, if it were J.P. Simon being benched by Jack Martin, we'd never hear the end of it.

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