Happy Birthday Habs.
97 years young. 24 Stanley Cups.
24.74% Stanley Cup Winning percentage.
The Habs celebrate tonight with an Original 6 game against the visiting Bruins. The Bruins started rough but are putting up wins and have climbed to the .500 mark.
The last time Montreal and Boston met Andrei Markov scored with virtually no time left on the clock to give the Habs the win.
The Bruins aren’t scoring much, tied for 2nd last in the Eastern Conference. Cristobal Huet has been a Bruin Killer for the last several games. That logic favors the Canadiens.
The Habs however, keep playing with fire taking unnecessary and costly penalties.
How many double minor unsportsmanlike penalties can the Habs take and get away with?
The most concerning part of the season so far has been their lack of discipline.
A win tonight and the Habs slowly creep a bit closer on the Sabres and the Eastern Division lead. A loss and 5 points is all that separates 2nd from 5th in the Northeast.
161 points are shared by the teams in the Northeast making it the toughest Division in the Eastern Conference, and 1 shy of the league’s best behind the Pacific. Not much room for error.