Cristobal Huet continues to impress with his 6th shutout turning aside 36 shots. The game was a goaltending battle and despite Rick DiPietro’s fantastic play the Habs got one early and didn’t look back. Chris Higgins potted his 17th and should break the 20 goal plateau in his rookie year which is great to see.
If the season ended now the Canadiens would occupy 8th spot as they have fewer wins than the Lightning and their head to head record against New Jersey is a losing one.
That’s not to say that with a couple more well timed wins and a little luck the Habs could stay in 6th and put some distance between the teams below them. The Habs now have a 5 point lead over 9th place with only 10 games remaining.
If you’ve followed the 10 must win games the Canadiens have played 7 and are have a winning record with 5 wins and 2 losses. The next 3 games will be played at home against the Capitals and Bruins which on paper is the easiest schedule they could possibly hope for.
One game at a time, but these are all very ‘winnable’ games. If the Canadiens find a way to take all 3 they will have won 7 straight games and gone 8-2 for 16 points. With 6-7 games left that would almost guarantee at least an 8th place finish but more likely a higher one.
1st step: Ovechkin’s Capitals.