Tonight will be a huge game for both the Canadiens and Bruins. Both teams have designs at first place in the division. Both teams are fighting through injuries to high profile players. Both teams feel a mutual hatred course through their veins each time these bitter rivals meet.
Though the Habs continue to miss the presence of Josh Gorges and Andrei Markov, they will get James Wisniewski back into the lineup tonight as he has rebounded from the flu. The powerplay has certainly missed his blast from the point, but most notably absent against the Devils was his ability to make a good first pass to clear the zone. Alex Picard will sit tonight, which frankly is also a huge boost to our defensive corps.
A win tonight and the Habs would draw even with the Bruins in terms of points, although the Bruins hold 1 game in hand. More importantly, if able to win – Montreal will put distance between themselves and the bubble teams who have recently struggled to keep pace. If the Bruins win, they will open up a cushion that might prove difficult to close as the season draws to an end. All this means that tonight is surely to have a playoff atmosphere given that these two teams are possible first round opponents.
Jump on them early! Go Habs Go!!