The Canadiens are in Miami tonight to take on the Florida Panthers. The Panthers are coming off an 8-2 thrashing of defending cup champs Tampa Bay Lightning. They have scored 25 goals in their last 5 games and are clearly chasing after the last remaining playoff spot.
The Canadiens can seriously hurt the Panthers chances with a win tonight. The win would place Montreal 10 points ahead of Florida and with a game in hand. With 20 something games left in the season that might be far too much for the Panthers to overcome.
If the Panthers manage to win they’ll close the gap to just 6 points. If this Canadiens team is bound for the playoffs they will surely realize the importance of this game and play accordingly.