The Canadiens take on Boston tonight, the first of three remaining games against the Bruins this year.
Needless to say, the Canadiens playoff chances rest on their ability to defeat teams like the Bruins.
Three games remain against Boston and one against the Capitals. The rest are against teams battling for a spot, or Ottawa and Buffalo who are never easy.
Traditionally at this time of year the Habs have done well against the Bruins. The key perhaps is a win tonight to really damage the hopes of the Bruins who would then fall 7 points behind the Canadiens. A gap that is virtually impossible to overcome this late on.
A Bruins team with damaged confidence knowing they are out of the race, might then be easier to then beat in the remaining games. That’s purely speculation but after watching the Canadiens confidence collapse this season – we’re familiar with what can happen.
Jaroslav Halak is the man once again. The Candiens for the first time in many many games, had a solid goaltending performance and took that crucial extra point against the Leafs.
A no-brainer to go with him again. Halak rebounded well after getting his first NHL beating in Atlanta not long ago, maybe he can keep it up for the remainder of the year.
If Halak outplays Thomas, the Habs have a good chance of putting the Bruins to bed for good with a win tonight.