The Habs start a 3 day, 3 game stint tonight in Pittsburgh against the league leading scorer and the rest of the Penguins.
Crosby is the real deal and is keeping a young and talented team in the playoff hunt despite having mediocre defense and goaltending.
Tonight’s game is on TSN across the nation and heavily promoted the same way Habs/Pens games have been since the day Crosby entered the league. “Sidney Crosby takes on his favorite childhood team!” It’s getting old TSN.
How important is the game? Well the Pens are only 5 points back of the Canadiens and hold 2 games in hand. The race is getting tighter by the minute and considering the Habs back to back game record this year, a win tonight is crucial.
Back to back games, back to back matinees. The Habs worse losses of the season have come in these situations including a 5-1 crushing by the Panthers and a 8-3 thrashing by the Senators.
The results of the next handful of games are being watched even closer to determine whether or not the Habs will be buyers or sellers come the trade deadline.
Latest rumors have names like Zherdev, Nagy, Forsberg and Visnovsky thrown around.
Sergei Samsonov is obviously the one player almost everyone can agree they’d want to unload.
At $3.5 million it’s a tough sell. Keep in mind Bob Gainey unexpectedly got rid of Jose Theodore and $4.5 million a year at last years deadline.
Can he strike again?