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Game 38: Habs/Bruins

  • Big time game for the Canadiens tonight as the two teams atop the North East Division clash, which could have a big impact on how the standings play out once we get to the second season. Currently Montreal lead Boston by a single point having played an extra game. The dog-fight for seeding should add some intensity to this game – though with Boston and Montreal – you really don’t need to sweeten the pot.

    By all indications from TSN’s John Lu and Habsinsideout Hockeyinsideout, Tomas Plekanec participated in the morning skate and looks to be playing tonight – though he remains a game-time decision. That could be good news for the Canadiens who will try to exploit the absence of (in my opinion) the league’s most under-rated two-way forward Patrice Bergeron. Bergeron is out with a concussion which is a huge loss for the Bruins, who lean on him to lead their penalty kill and take key defensive zone faceoffs.

    Given the way these two teams play each other every time – predictions are useless, but the Habs will need to bring their best speed possible as the Bruins have really clogged up the neutral zone thus far in the season series, exploiting turnovers and creating odd-man rushes. All eyes will be on the Markov-Emelin pairing early to see if they can cut down on the turnovers at the blue-line – which almost sunk the Canadiens the last time these two teams met.

    Go Habs Go!!

    ~Mats

  1. #1 Senet1 says:
    April 6, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Well I for one think it will be the same kind of game that we have played against Boston this year. We have to be disciplined and not be goated into fights that are useless. We need to continue to frustrate Lucic and Chara to the point that they take the stupid penalties like last game. In my opinion we lost the Philly game because they out lucked us as well as we provided them with the momentum that they needed by letting them goat us into two useless fights that met nothing other than four guys deciding to fight for no reason at all. Philly won both fights look off two of our better penalty killers then we take a third penalty and with only 8 forwards left to play we got tired, some would suggest that it was the physical presence of Philly, I would argue not, it was more the cost of energy from the two fights and the numerous penalties that we took in the second and third period. With Plek injuried and players tired from fighting and killing penalties we had no energy to complete.

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