The trade deadline has come and gone and the criticism about the Canadiens lack of activity was harsh.
The bottom line is it has passed and the Canadiens still have 16 games remaining and a playoff birth on the line.
If the playoffs started today, the Habs and Sabres would be squaring off in Buffalo and that just so happens to be exactly what’s on schedule for tonight.
Earlier in the year a Habs and Sabres game was always exciting and entertaining as two of the quickest teams in the East kept a fierce pace for 60 minutes or more.
These days the Sabres have been hit hard by injuries and the Canadiens are playing their best version of Jekyll and Hyde hockey.
If the Canadiens play the way they did against the Leafs, skating, forechecking and finishing every single hit – they look like they can compete with any team in the league.
If they play the way they did in New York, they’d have trouble beating some Pee Wee teams.
Consistency is lacking. Big time.
The Habs usually ‘get up’ for a game against the Sabres and they will have to be ready to play every remaining game if they hope to not squander their season and finish 9th or worst.