After a LONG wait between games, the Habs will finally get to host (I would imagine their latest ever) home opener tonight. If there was ever a team that needed a solid game tonight it is your Habs who didn’t look very good in their two wins on the road, and looked good in only a few periods of their losses. Things however, could be much worse. If you had said at the beginning of the season that the Habs would be tied with the Bruins after 5 games you may have been overjoyed. The reality is neither team has looked good to start the 09-10 season. That said – the Canadiens haven’t played a home game, and while we can be critical of the team’s play thus far, it is much harder to win on the road. Added to this, Habs fans can take comfort in knowing that as bad as the team has played, they had a good chance to come back in 2 of 3 losses to end the road trip. With 6 consecutive home games, the Canadiens will be in Montreal until Oct 28th which should provide us ample time to properly judge this team.
By then we’ll know: Do we need to make a move to improve the 2nd line? Will one of the young guns finally step up to fill that role? Can Shawn Belle, M A Bergeron or Yannick Weber plug the huge hole left by O’Byrne and Markov? Can the Canadiens rely on their goaltenders to steal games for them? Can the smurfs make Montreal a playoff contender?
It all starts tonight against the suprising upstart conference leading Colorado Avalanche. I guess that is as much a reason to relax our concern for Montreal as any right? While the TV pundits fall all over themselves predicting cup wins for Buffalo, Colorado, St Louis, Tampa, and LA, I think we’re all best served by remembering that the NHL season is a marathon – not a sprint. Even so – the Avalanche are playing very well right now and Montreal will have to take them very seriously in order to get the win they need to get the crowd on their side for the next two weeks.
Go Habs Go!!!