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  • Game 22: Habs/Kings

    In 1993 I was a kid who lived and breathed the Montreal Canadiens. Frankly, not much has changed since the last time the Canadiens were champions. That said, I remember as clear as a 12 year old can that feeling of beating Gretzky and his Kings. These days, there is no rivalry to speak of between these two clubs. Quite honestly, neither has been all that great since. The fact that almost an entire continent separates these two teams dictates that rarely do they meet.  Still, there will be added excitement in the Bell Centre tonight. There is nothing a Montreal crowd likes more than a chance to watch a young, skilled team with budding superstars.

    Often I think about certain players in the league and wonder “how would this player be regarded if he was to play in Montreal”. If this city can become enamored with the enigmatic and aged Alex Kovalev, how might they fall in love with a 23 year old Anze Kopitar. A city that has pined after a big, skilled centre would go bat-sh!t crazy for a guy who stands 6’3″ and produces points at a rate that would make Kobe blush. Kopitar has 11 points in his last 8 games and while he’s already produced mega points at the NHL level – one wonders what his exposure league-wide might be if he played on a team like ours?

    There is no doubting that Drew Doughty is already regarded as a candidate for the Norris trophy at the age of 20. The kid is simply divine.  While everyone in Montreal is (rightfully so) gushing love for PK Subban, finally those same Montrealers will get the opportunity to see what the Western Conference sees in Doughty.  His skills are a rarity, and it will be interesting to see a “side-by-side” comparison of how our young blue-liner stacks up.

    Montreal could use a win. Carey will start again. Gomez must be feeling the heat by now. A good game by him is desperately needed.

    Go Habs Go!!!!

  • Game 21 :Habs/Flyers

    Well the much anticipated rematch is here. Although its just the 2nd game of the season between these two teams – the rivalry already carries the weight of a playoff series. Thanks to two playoff match-ups in 3 years, and some incredibly juicy trash-talk, the Habs-Flyers rivalry is quickly becoming either teams “backup” hatefest. Clearly the Bruins are, and will remain “that team” for the Habs. Clearly the Penguins will always be the team that sends Flyers fans into a fit of rage. But there is something to be said about two teams who because of great hockey – simply don’t like each other.

    Tonight is going to be crazy in Philly. Though I’d love to see the Habs take 2 points, what I’m hoping for most is that all hands make it through the game unscathed. No cheap injuries. Nobody out for extended time because of a game with run-away emotions. I suspect both teams would like to scale back the emotion in order to put forth their best game. Though Philly tends to feed off of their physical play – it didn’t serve them well in the previous meeting.

    The puck drops just after 7pm tonight. Go Habs Go!!!