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Notebook - Dec. 3, 2010

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
BROSSARD – In today’s Notebook: P.K. on the press box, Weber on defense, and Martin and Pouliot on matinees.

A different view
: While P.K. Subban’s absence from the Canadiens’ lineup Thursday night in New Jersey may have come as a surprise to fans, being a healthy scratch from time to time is just part and parcel of what it means to be a rookie in the NHL. After watching the Habs win from the press box for the first time this season, Subban reflects on what it will mean for him going forward.

Highlights from the Canadiens-Devils game
“I wouldn’t be the first rookie to be a healthy scratch, that’s for sure. When I play well it tends to get blown out of proportion, so when I play not so well, I guess the same thing was bound to happen. All I can control is what I do when I’m on the ice,” admitted the young defenseman. “We’re trying to win championships here and that’s something I understand and want to contribute to in anyway I can. I’m ready to follow whatever game-plan the coach lays out that’s going to let the team win. It’s my job to listen to what the coach says and soak it all in.”

The natural
: With Subban out of the lineup, defenseman Yannick Weber was handed the opportunity to lace up and face the Devils on Thursday. Having been slotted in as a forward the few times he’s played since being called up from Hamilton, Weber was thrilled to finally get the chance to settle into his natural position, notching his first point of the season in the process.

“It’s definitely more comfortable for me. I’m naturally a defenseman, and it was really nice to get back to my element,” expressed Weber of his 17 min 10 sec of ice-time. “I was happy to have the chance to show what I can do.”

The sun is shining: Tomorrow’s matchup against the San Jose Sharks will mark the Canadiens’ first afternoon game of the 2010-11 season at the Bell Centre. As it turns out, the thought of hitting the ice with the sun’s still high in the sky is something that both Habs’ players and coaching-staff are looking forward to.

“I personally happen to really like matinee games. When we have evening games on a Saturday night, a lot of times the players end up leave the building after 11 o’clock, then Sunday goes by fast and they’re back at it Monday,” explained Martin of the often grueling NHL schedule. “An afternoon game gives the guys a chance to go out for dinner, enjoy their night, spend more time with their families and basically get that extra half-day of recovery before the next week starts up.”

When asked for his opinion, forward Benoit Pouliot was of the same mind as his coach.

“I’m not sure why they don’t do it more often, scheduling daytime games on Saturdays. It’s nice to play in the afternoon. You don’t even need a nap before the game,” noted Pouliot. “You wake up ready to go and before you know it, you’re playing. I’ve done pretty well in the afternoon games that I’ve played in the past, so I definitely wouldn’t mind playing more of them.”

Justin Fragapane is a writer for

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