I reminded myself of the greatest sports video game in history: ’Blades of Steel’ yesterday while ranting about loser points. In tribute we have the pic above which is clearly the Montreal Canadiens vs Edmonton Oilers… no wait… Montreal was orange and red while Edmonton was green and yellow. But use your imagination.
Montreal is entering a weird stretch of winnable games. They play Edmonton tonight and Boston on Saturday. After that they will play the Rangers on Tuesday before they pause to face the Leafs next Saturday night. During this stretch the Habs will let the rest of the league catch up in games played. It will be time for Mike Cammalleri and MAB to rest up before returning to the lineup for a final run.
Thanks to some great wins, the Canadiens find themselves in command of 7th place in the East. No team other than Boston (ahem.. loser points), can pass the Canadiens with games in hand, although losses in the next two games could change that scenario quickly. This means that Montreal does have a sliver of breathing room in the standings. However, given the ‘easy’ schedule they have upcoming, Montreal had better make full use of excellent play from Jaro, Gomez, Markov among others to ensure that we’re watching hockey deep into the spring. It always gets wild this time of year, with teams out of the playoffs playing without pressure (and for jobs next season) looking to spoil the fun of those still in contention.
Early start tonight – shortly after 7.
Go Habs Go!!!!