Didn’t that little break feel like an eternity? While I am thankful that the NHL saw fit to start our series Sunday, I’m going through withdrawal with no hockey on tv! There has been ample time for speculation and prognostication, all of which will mean absolutely nothing as the first puck is dropped tonight. For the Habs the challenge will be to adjust their game plan from keying in on one or two dangerous players from a defensive shell. To win against the Flyers Montreal will need to be far more aggressive offensively than they have been thus far in the post-season. In fact, Montreal must be wary of a Flyers team that may look to give them a taste of their own medicine. With Michael Cammalleri and Brian Gionta accounting for around half of the Habs offensive out-put, the Flyers will be trying to shut those two down. Montreal has lacked consistent scoring depth which will be critical in their attempt to make the Cup Finals. Guys like Tomas Plekanec and Scott Gomez will need to factor in on the score sheet as well as the third line who will have a very different task than in the previous two series.
There is excitement for Habs fans all over the continent. Its been a very long wait to get back to hockey that matters for Habs faithful. There are few teams in the league that I would take greater pleasure in beating in a playoff series (only the Broons and Laffs really). Lets hope the boys can get out to an early lead and take some of the wind out of the inflated sails of a resilient Flyers team, fresh off of one of the greatest comebacks in playoff history.
Go Habs Go!!!!