What do you write about another meaningless game that the Habs play against another non-playoff team?
Alright, maybe thats not fair to the Sabres who have gone 7-2-1 in their last 10 games in order to climb to within 4 points for the final playoff spot in the East. Still, 4 points won’t be easy to make up with only 13 games remaining on their schedule, and although Washington had been in a slight free-fall of late, they themselves have peeled off a 3 game winning streak to fight off the teams behind them in the standings. Still, Buffalo has every reason in the world to come out firing tonight – with a last place opponent and the back-up goaltender in net.
Montreal meanwhile is still sitting in 3rd last overall. With 64 points the Canadiens are two points back of the New York Islanders thanks to their last overtime victory. The Habs stand 5 points up on Edmonton (who hold one game in hand) for 2nd last overall. I’m not sure the Oilers can catch the Canadiens as they’ve been sorta terrible though they did claim an OT win in their last game.
While you wait for the game – read the Backhand Shelf analysis of an idea floating around the league – Hybrid Icing.