Younger Subban looking forward to sibling rivalry

Younger Subban looking forward to sibling rivalry
September 16, 2013, 7:00 pm
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MONTREAL – Both Subban Brothers have probably been waiting for this moment to arrive since Malcolm was selected by the Boston Bruins back in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, and it will finally come to life on Monday night. The 19-year-old goaltender is earmarked for the Providence Bruins this season unless something miraculous happens, so Monday night’s preseason tilt at the Bell Centre is likely the only time this year that baby bro will get to face off against P.K. Subban and his Habs teammates.

The younger Subban sibling was attempting to play it down after Monday morning’s skate at Ristuccia Arena, but there’s no doubting there will be a little extra in his every movement between the pipes.

“Obviously it will be great and I’m looking forward to it, but I’ll also be looking to focus on the game in general,” said Subban, who said he’s watched at least five or six games at the Bell Centre. “It’s certainly for you guys to talk about it, but I’ve got to focus on a game.

“It’s one of those things because he’s a positional player and I’m a goalie, so we’ll be going against each other. The fact that it will be in Montreal is going to be huge, and I’m going to ready for it.”

The younger Subban was excited enough about the game that he tweeted about it following the media session on game day, something that Claude Julien will probably have a word with the young tender about at some point. P.K. told the Montreal media that he had texted Malcolm about the game over the weekend, but that his little brother was giving him “the cold shoulder.”

Understandable given that Monday night at the Bell Centre also represents the middle Subban brother’s first NHL game, so the nerves and adrenaline will be pumping at high enough levels as it is. Normally that kind of excitement and emotion isn’t a good thing for a calm attempting to calm the waters, so it will be a good taste of Subban’s ability to handle some distractions.

Chad Johnson was the first goaltender onto the Bell Centre ice for pregame warm-ups, so it will be Subban vs. Subban after the ten minute mark of the second period.

“We’ve seen it around the league: the Staal Brothers, and the Suters were famous for that. I’m sure they’ll be plenty excited between the two of them,” said Julien. “I’ll be worried about our team, but it will be great for him to play an NHL game against his brother.”

While plenty will be watching the Subban Brothers showdown that is national news in Canada, there will also be plenty of Black and Gold eyes on Johnson as he looks to lock down the B’s backup role behind Tuukka Rask.