Another huge game tonight that really doesn’t mean much. Its a bi-polar life for the Montreal Canadiens right now. I mentioned the other day, it pretty well doesn’t matter whether the Habs win or lose (though I think we all know which we prefer). Focus right now is about righting the ship, and being set to play the best possible hockey when the real games start in Game 1 of the playoffs. It is far more important that the Canadiens figure out a way to get back to playing responsible defensive hockey than gaining points. Today they have at the very least made a move towards this direction.
Jarred Tinordi was among the callups that have been added to the expanded roster once the AHL season ended for the Bulldogs. Tonight he will find himself in the lineup as Montreal attempts to find a way to beef up its defense corps. I think this is an excellent idea. I would also consider bringing Drewiske back into the lineup. Anything so we don’t need to see Raphael Diaz and Yannik Weber in the same defense corps. No offense to those guys, but when you consider the fact that they play in a lineup that also features Andre Markov, PK Subban, and Josh Gorges necessitates that Montreal find someone to play physically. They don’t need to fight every shift – but they have to be able to win a puck battle in the corner.
Anyway – I’m not going to get into the hyperbole of this being an important game. It is. But not for the standings or any win/loss record. Tonight is an important game to see if Montreal can play well. That’s all I’m looking for tonight. Its not asking too much.
Go Habs Go!!