Superbowl Sunday and the Montreal Canadiens vs Philadelphia Flyers as the pre-game show. What a fine tradition. The beer consumption should start earlier than normal and the hangover could start at anytime as the Canadiens who are desperate for points take on a powerful Flyer team. 2 goals probably won’t cut it against the Flyers and the Habs are gonna have to bring a stronger game to the table.
The good news is the Flyers have struggled as of late. They also played less than 24 hours ago in a loss to the Rangers. The Habs have also somehow gone 2-0 against the Flyers this year.
Cristobal Huet did a fantastic job in getting the Habs 2 points over the Bruins yesterday. Can you see his confidence rising? When he first arrived in Montreal as a backup, he returned from being injured and having undergone surgery. He had not competed at the NHL level in some time. A new goalie on a new team backing up a Hart and Vezina winner. It may have been a lot for him to walk into but he has handled it extremely well. After the game yesterday he spoke with confidence saying he had ‘found his rhythm’. You could tell he thinks he can be the starter. The way he spoke was almost a challenge to Bob Gainey. Theodore’s atrocious play has given him a chance to prove himself and he has done so maybe even more than he thought he could. I think Cristobal liked the feeling of being named first star in front of 21 thousand screaming fans. Who wouldn’t? He has found his confidence and his game is backing the whole team right now.
Huet starts today and gets another chance to solidify his spot. Another strong game from him and the return of Markov at least gives the Canadiens a fighting chance.
Oh ya, Seattle 28-17. Call Jose to get your bets in quick.