Oh come on. I like Jacques Martin. Everyone here knows that.
JM's Canadiens take on the Panthers tonight in Florida's third preseason tilt of what is a very long preseason. Florida has won its first two games, both coming against Ottawa.
-- Pete DeBoer says Dmitry Kulikov is in for his third straight game. He will not play tomorrow in Edmonton. Kulikov is taking the place of Keith Ballard, who has a minor groin issue. Martin Skoula and Dennis Seidenberg are both in.
-- Going LIVE! here in a little bit. May have some pregame video up as well. Stay tuned.
-- If you have a Jay Bouwmeester jersey, at least someone is using the number. Dennis Seidernberg is sporting that digit.
-- Some quotes I promised ya:
JM on the Panthers and his new gig:
''Our focus has to be on our team,'' Martin said. ''They won their last two games they've played and that's a good indication of the depth of their organization. For me, my primary concern is to evaluate our people and start the process of getting them to perform the way we want to.''
''The most important thing is to make sure we start engaging and playing the way we want to play. For a lot of our players, this is their first game. Hopefully we execute.''
''The process is underway. We're going to take a good part of preseason to continue evaluating and hopefully find guys who gel and find chemistry.''
''There's a real excitement in camp that we didn't have last year,'' Montreal's Josh Gorges said. ''There's a lot of competition here, nothing is the same as it was.
''He notices the fine details. If the drill is to come down low and set up, you better come down low and set up. There is no cheating. One thing he said to me that stuck is that 'you play how you practice.' If you practice sloppy, you're going to play sloppy. You can see the intensity with the speed of practice. He's really pushing us.''
''It'll be strange for sure,'' Stephen Weiss said. ''That was a pretty sudden move for everyone. It'll be a little different. It was a little shock, but this has to be special for him. This is a once in a lifetime job and he jumped at it. I wish him all the luck – well, not too much.''