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  • Division Rivalries

    In the ‘new NHL’ you play eight games against each team in your own Division.
    That’s 32 games out of 82 overall.

    Does anyone think this is too much?

    The Habs and Leafs are playing each other for the third time already this year. With so many games against the same team does the rivalry, intensity and hatred between bitter rivals diminish?

    Will you be ready for Saturday’s game against the Leafs? As much as you were for the first game of the year?

  • Habs slide by Oilers

    The best Habs games to watch this year have all been against the Northwest Division. This gives some merit to the ‘scheduling’ problems the NHL has been taking heat for.

    1. The Calgary Flames came to Montreal and the Habs edged them 5-4 in a goal scoring All Canadian barnburner that happened to feature Robyn Regehr laying out Aaron Downey with one of the hardest hits of the year. Not to mention Jarome Iginla and Mike Komisarek nearly coming to blows several times.
    2. The Canadiens were down several times including a 3-0 1st period deficit against the Avalanche in Jose Theodore’s return to Montreal. Only to come back and blow him away and win 8-5.
    3. Last night against the Oilers was another close contest where the Habs won with shootout goals from Saku Koivu and Alex Kovalev. Rookie Guillaume Latendresse notched his first career NHL goal after being promoted to the first line to replace the injured Chris Higgins.

    Does he stay on the first line? You know he will, and why not? In order to improve he’ll need as much ice as possible and until he becomes some kind of liability Latendresse will continue to play there.

    It will be interesting to see if getting his first will give him some confidence.

    Without Higgins, the Habs start 1-0 and will have a long rest before Saturday’s game in Toronto.