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  • Fun in Florida

    Things are looking up for the Canadiens.

    The Habs are 3-0 on their recent road trip and with the Leafs loss to Ottawa tonight have put themselves 7 points ahead in the playoff race. It also draws them within 2 points of 7th spot Tampa. New Jersey isn’t too far off in the distance either. The Eastern Conference playoff picture is starting to get real interesting and the Canadiens are winning the right games at the right time.

    If you enjoy looking at odd stats then this road trip has provided a nice little gem. The Canadiens won both Florida and Tampa Bay back to back road games for the first time in 18 tries. Things are looking good indeed.

    What happend to Tampa’s defense? The Florida Panthers smoked them for 8 the other day and the Canadiens another 6 tonight. In the third period the Canadiens missed 2-3 excellent scoring chances which could have made it much worse. John Tortorella looked like he was going to blow his top.

    Chris Higgins continues to impress. Another 2 goals on this road trip and looking extremely confident out there. When Alex Kovalev gets about 8 minutes of ice time all game and still finds a way to score, things are going good.

    The Canadiens go into Philly Monday and they have not lost to Philadelphia all season. The crucial game however will be the next game in Toronto. If the Canadiens continue the trend and put another 2 points between them and the Leafs it may be lights out for Toronto. Montreal’s playing a lot like the team we saw in the first 10 games of the season. Where would the Habs if Huet played from the start?

    This could be the decisive road trip of the season as the Canadiens are putting themselves in a good position to finish the season. The Canadiens will end the year meeting the Islanders, Capitals, Maple Leafs and Penguins twice and the Bruins three times. All weak teams that are out of playoff position. The Canadiens will also meet the Devils two more times including the last game of the season.

    How high can the Habs climb?

  • Panther Slayers

    The Canadiens are in Miami tonight to take on the Florida Panthers. The Panthers are coming off an 8-2 thrashing of defending cup champs Tampa Bay Lightning. They have scored 25 goals in their last 5 games and are clearly chasing after the last remaining playoff spot.

    The Canadiens can seriously hurt the Panthers chances with a win tonight. The win would place Montreal 10 points ahead of Florida and with a game in hand. With 20 something games left in the season that might be far too much for the Panthers to overcome.

    If the Panthers manage to win they’ll close the gap to just 6 points. If this Canadiens team is bound for the playoffs they will surely realize the importance of this game and play accordingly.