There are two good reasons that Nikolai Khabibulin could find himself back into the crease tonight vs the Habs.
Reason 1) Two nights ago, Khabibulin shattered his woeful 14 game winless skid to help his club win against the Dallas Stars.
Reason 2) Arizona Lawyer, Eleanor Miller may have found a way to overturn Khabibulin's 3 convictions and order a re-trail. Khabibulin was "not directly asked in court whether he waived his right to a jury trial, something that is required under Arizona’s Rules of Criminal Procedure." More details to follow in the coming days.
With two monstrous, monkey's off of his back, Khabibulin, will now have the opportunity to concentrate on being a back-stopper as the season winds down. And why not play the veteran? This is now a chance for the Russian net-minder to prove his worth all over again, and try to at least pull his team out of the dank basement; and perhaps try to string a winning streak before the end of the month.
The Canadiens (31-20-7) are nothing to snuff about though they have a lot on their plate. Immediately after tonight's game, the club will head to Calgary for the franchises' second out-door game. While the jitters and excitement may be be swirling around the Habs, Tom Renney advised his team to equal the Habs' at the very start.
Oilers vs Habs on CBC 6:08 start!