A sad note to start today’s Blog.
Montreal’s long-time Head Equipment Manager, and Hall of Famer Eddy Palchak passed away Wednesday night at the age of 71. Palchak was a fixture with the Habs organization for 31 years from the late 1960s to 2000 – seeing the organization through some of the most amazing moments in franchise history.
I encourage everyone to head to HI/O where Dave Stubbs has posted a feature that he wrote for Eddy’s retirement in 2000.
With that said, I have to say that Eddy would have loved the outcome of last night’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes. It felt extremely good to watch the Canadiens go out and truly paste a team like they did last night. The Habs desperately needed a convincing effort in front of the home fans – and they got that throughout the lineup. And even though their opponent has struggled of late, and put up one of the more pathetic first 40 minutes of hockey I’ve seen in a long while, good on the Montreal Canadiens for seizing the opportunity to continue to score goals. We all know what a little momentum can do for a club. If the Canadiens play well tonight in Long-Island we could be in for a VERY interesting final 75% of the season.
Currently the Habs are tied for 8th spot in the Eastern Conference… temporarily.
There are teams in front of the ahead of the Canadiens, like the Leafs, Capitals, and Devils who started out on fire but are stalling as we near the quarter mark of the season. Boston is currently riding a 6 game winning streak. The Rangers, who the Canadiens host on Saturday are riding a 7 game winning streak.
As many predicted after the Habs terrible start to the season – it all levels out as teams play games.
What the Canadiens cannot afford to do is to take their foot off of the gas. They forfeited that luxury early on in the season. With the Islanders in such a swoon (1 win in their last 11 games) Montreal cannot afford to play down to the level of their opponent.
No word yet on who will be in the Habs lineup tonight. I’ll update as it becomes known.
Go Habs Go!!!