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  • Playoff Showdown

    Leafs and Habs on a Saturday night…. best place to be. Leafs and Habs in the last game of the year, with the last playoff birth on the line – a storybook ending.

    Win and you are in.

    That’s the message the should be drilled into every Montreal Canadien today.
    No hoping for team A to beat team B and team C to lose in regulation – win and you are in.
    Win the game.

    The Habs control their own playoff destiny and it’s time to see what they are really made of.

    For the youngsters that helped propel Montreal into this position, this will be the biggest game of their lives. With everyone in the country and everyone in the hockey world tuned in.

    For the veterans, it’s time to see their experience and leadership.

    Which of the go-to guys on either team are going to show up and excel?

    Koivu -vs- Sundin
    Kovalev -vs- Tucker
    Raycroft -vs- Huet
    Souray -vs- Kaberle
    McCabe -vs- Komisarek

    Habs -vs- Leafs.


  • Playoff Scenarios

    With only two games remaining you’d like to be able to say the Canadiens have or can clinch a spot with a win tonight. Not necessarily the case.

    If the Canadiens manage to extend their lead over the Leafs to two or more points, they will be eliminated. Simply because even with a win on Saturday and a situation where both teams are tied, the Canadiens will advance on more wins.

    For that to be the case, the Islanders would have to win tonight. That would give the Islanders two points with 2 more games remaining. One against the cellar dwelling Flyers. Still within reach.

    You could break your head in half calculating all the potential situations and outcomes. The one thing everyone knows is, if the Habs win their last two games – they are in.

    Hopefully that’s all they are focused on.