It has been a long time since Jaroslav Halak has suited up in the Bell Centre in Montreal. He will be doing it again Tuesday night.
The only difference is that this time he will be a member of the St. Louis Blues.
The Slovakian netminder has not played in Montreal since being traded to St. Louis in June of 2010. That trade came just over a month after leading the Canadiens on a miracle run in the 2010 NHL playoffs. Halak, who’s contract was ending on July 1 that season, was moved instead of fellow split-starter Carey Price, much to the dismay of Canadiens fans and media.
In that playoff run, Halak posted a 2.55 GAA and a .923 save percentage in 18 games played against the Penguins, Capitals and Flyers. This included some highlight-reel saves coming against perennial goal-scorers Alexander Ovechkin, Mike Green and Evgeni Malkin.
Can’t remember? Just check out these tremendous saves provided by NHLVideo:
Jaroslav Halak enormous pad stop 5/12/10
Since joining the Blues, D’Agostini has become more than just a mucky checking forward. D’Agostini has played in 130 games, amassing 30 goals and 33 assists wearing the bluenote. He has largely been used as a scoring winger who sees time on the power-play and in any key offensive situation.
The Blues will enter the game with a three-game winning streak on the line after sweeping a three-game home-stand. Despite their winning ways at Scottrade Center, they are just 1-3-2 in their last six road games.
This will be the final game of a three-game home-stand for Montreal. They won the first two games of it but are just 3-7-0 in their last ten games.