I don’t know whether it is because of the lockout, or because the Habs have started off so well, but I still don’t feel like the season is really in full swing yet. Am I waiting for the other shoe to drop? Am I waiting for the season to get to 20 games (as I normally do) to make a judgement? That may have worked in past seasons, but having played 8 games the Canadiens are actually already 1/6th of the way through the regular season! The team’s hot start has them sitting in a playoff position and currently only a point back of the Bruins and Senators for top spot in the North East Division. It doesn’t feel real yet.
If there is anything in the world that could help me to feel “Game ON!” about this season, it would have to be a visit from the Canadiens’ top rival, the Boston Bruins. No matter how crazy the games get, I can’t help but love playing the Bruins. There is nothing like a game against your worst enemy to bring a playoff atmosphere to an early season game. Without overstating the importance of a single game, this will certainly have the atmosphere of the Canadiens’ most important game to date.
The Bruins are also off to a great start to the young season, sitting atop the division with a 6-1-1 record and 13 points. As always, they ice a tough team this year with a balanced scoring attack. Tuukka Rask has been solid in 7 games, posting a 5-1-1 record to go along with a 2.10 GAA, and a .919 Sv%. Montreal is going to need to continue to generate lots of shots on net to have a chance in this game and will need to skate hard in the offensive zone to draw penalties in order to generate powerplay chances. The Bruins made the trip to Montreal without Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille, who are both currently recovering from injury. They did get good news that Brad Marchand will be in the lineup, after he injured his shoulder on Saturday against the Leafs.
Here’s to a rivalry game to really get the blood going on this season.
Go Habs Go!!