The Montreal Canadiens toughest challenge begins tonight in Calgary vs the Northwest Division leading Flames.
After succesful results against the San Jose Sharks and the Dallas Stars at home the Canadiens now embark on a road trip that would be difficult for any team in the league. Considering the Canadiens struggles on the road and the fact their best player is out with a torn rotator cuff makes the challenge even greater.
Calgary is 16-4-2 when playing at the Saddledome. To their credit, the Habs are 2-0 in their last 2 games and have scored 10 goals against Western Conference teams. Can they match that effort and due it on the road in the fiery Saddledome?
Jan Bulis, Radek Bonk and Mike Ribeiro look to continue their strong performances.
The time is now for players to step up. Richard Zednik is not finding the net like he needs to and has anyone noticed Alex Kovalev’s floating around recently? His goal against Dallas was great but the frequency in which he scores has to go up. If he played with that determination every shift he’d be unstoppable. Unfortunately he’s resembling the guy who got slashed, put his head down and quit playing then skating into Sheldon Souray giving Boston a breakaway and game winning goal in the 2004 playoffs.
If there’s a time for Jose Theodore to silence his critics and earn his $4.5 Million then it’s tonight. The fate of the Habs may depend on this road trip and it’s time for the big names to prove themselves.
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