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  • Tonight the Habs have a rare meeting at home against the St-Louis Blues.

    The St-Louis Blues reached the post season for over 20 consecutive years. A league record. That streak ended in 2006.

    This season the Blues have very quietly dipped lower and lower in the standings to currently being 27th overall, losing their last 10 road games.

    The Blues have the league’s worst powerplay and only 1 more win than the league’s worst L.A Kings.

    Simply put, a must win game for the Canadiens.

  1. #1 Don Carnage says:
    March 19, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    Who care how many points they have .. and let’s be real and not blame Halak for that match , where was his defence? They hung him out to dry more than a few times in that game, and we are in the playoff’s, its simple math, unless we can’t make 3 points out of 16 , and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to be in the playoff’s . Washington got smoked by Chi-town tonight , thats gonan hurt them some for sure …

  2. #2 Senet 1 says:
    March 19, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    Hey Jack Hab, I am not so sure I would want to face Washington in the first round, they play like Ottawa and these are the types of teams we seem to have trouble with. The like to skate and speed is their game, similar to ours only difference is that they have some super stars that we do not have. That is the reason we have trouble with them, unfortunately, we have to adjust our game to cope with their speed and skill level in order to beat them. I am not saying we cannot beat them but we seem to do better against the slower teams like Boston, Phily and even Jersey although I not so sure I would want to meet them in the first round either.

    As far as making the playoffs, we have a 10 point lead over the 9th place team so 94 points should be enough to make the playoffs, hopefully we get 100 though.

    Ice Man you seem to like to belittle everyone who has a different opinion than you do, I agree that we do not have a team that is good enough to win the cup but stranger things have happened think back to 1993, this is a young team and if we get two rounds in the playoff this team is going to grow which should set up very well for next year. Let’s face it we still have some missing parts, and one of them has always been a strong centre who can win faceoffs. I agree we need some muscle but that muscle has to be able to play hockey, (think back to the 1976 to 1979 teams we mainly had muscle who had some skill) these are areas that hopefully we can address in the off season.

    And who knows, if all the cards fall into place and there are some upsets in the playoffs, we have as good a chance as anyone.

  3. #3 Senet 1 says:
    March 19, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    good point Joseph.

  4. #4 Jaker1 says:
    March 20, 2008 at 6:42 am

    We are probably going to finish 2nd or 4th in the conference. This would mean playing either Washington,Boston or Philly if we finish 2nd . If we finish 4th we would play either Pittsburgh,New Jersey or NY Rangers. Gee I hope we finish 2nd. The only problem with 2nd that I can see is if Washington gets the number 7 seed, how bad would Gainey look if Cristobal Huet comes back to bite him in the you know what. That is why you never trade an impact player within your conference at the trade deadline. How does everyone else feel about this very strong possibility.

  5. #5 Ice Man says:
    March 20, 2008 at 9:29 am

    I agree.

    Don’t you think that practising with Huet that our players know how to score on him.

  6. #6 Ice Man says:
    March 20, 2008 at 9:33 am

    Sorry Senet 1.

    I will try to be a good boy. I can’t promise you. BUT I will try….

  7. #7 Joseph says:
    March 20, 2008 at 10:07 am

    Can’t sweat the losses to the spoilers. Well, not too much anyway.

    That’s a thought that I had also considered, Ice Man. Huet may be on a mission to prove Gainey’s decision to move him a bad one, but the Habs could just as easily light him up (if they do meet in the post-season). It could go either way.

  8. #8 jack hab says:
    March 20, 2008 at 11:29 am

    My reasons for the Canadiens – Capitals playoff showdown.
    1. As a hockey fan, it would be a very exciting series.
    2. The ‘who’s better in net’ debate will be solved.
    3. IMO we have a more complete hockey team.
    4. I never liked the idea of trading Huet for a ‘wait and see’ type of player, but he’s
    gone now and I’d love to personally escort him to the golf course.
    5. For once I’ll be cheering for Huet to skate out of his net and play the puck. LOL

  9. #9 hablifer says:
    March 20, 2008 at 11:47 am

    not happening.

  10. #10 jack hab says:
    March 20, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    Yeah I realize Washington has miles to go… it’s just something I’d like to see.

  11. The habs are totally going to win tonight against the bruins!


  12. #12 Senet 1 says:
    March 21, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Ice Man I respect your opinions, don’t get me wrong, just have a little respect for other opinions as well, disagree that ok, we are not going to agree with everything each other say. That’s all I would like to see.

  13. #13 Senet 1 says:
    March 21, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Hab Jack, regardless of whether we played Washington or not, to me it would prove nothing, Huet was a good goaltender but not a great goaltender, if we play him and he beats us, I agree it would not look good but Huet had to go, otherwise we would not have anything for him, the second rounder may or maynot be a good player some day be at least we did not loose him like Souray for nothing. Personally, I am afraid of Washington especially in the first round, not becaue they are a better team, but because they play the type of game that we have trouble with and Obviously Huet has something to prove.

  14. #14 Joseph says:
    March 21, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    Washington is close–one point out of eighth–but I think they’ll need to run the table to get in as the team around them all have at least one game at hand on them, Boston (the team ahead of them) has two. They’ll need a lot of help.

  15. #15 Senet 1 says:
    March 21, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Joseph you are correct, however, if we can beat Boston again tomorrow night, Washington has a chance since they won tonight. Boston and Phily have not been playing that well lately so they have an a chance.

  16. #16 Senet 1 says:
    March 21, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    I also note the New Jersey lost tonight tothe Islanders. That gives us the advantage since if Jersey ties us we have the better record against them. I think that is the first tie breaker??

  17. #17 Joseph says:
    March 22, 2008 at 9:41 am

    As far as I understand it, that is the first tie breaker. But they’ve also got game at hand on the Habs, as do the Penguins. Either way, I’d be just as happy with second as I would with first… and this isn’t to suggest that the Habs won’t get first – they still might.

  18. #18 Senet 1 says:
    March 22, 2008 at 10:41 am

    I agree, I would just not want to face a team like Washington in the first round. First round upsets are always a concern. Washington has been playing some of the best hockey in the league of late and they are the type of team that we have trouble with.

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