The Canadiens are very much like this unfortunate looking little boy. Dunce hat and all. Except instead of writing "I Will be Good" they are writing "I will beat the teams that are lower than me in the standings", "I will beat the teams that are lower that me in the standings".
The Habbies take on the New York Islanders tonight, and for the 13th flippin' time, I will promise you this will be no walk in the Richard Park (Oh it's funny because he plays for the Islanders.... Shuttup it's clever.)
The Canadiens have this awful habit of playing to their Opponents level.
Sure it's great when we beat the Red Wings, Sharks and Blackhawks. But it's unacceptable to lose to the Islanders, Thrashers and Lightning. Especially when we are in an absolute logjam for the last 5 playoff spots.
I will break it down to you like this.
The Devils still have a six point lead for the Atlantic Divison but have been absolutely dreadful of late. Something tells me if they can't stop the bleeding before the regular season is over, they might not last long in the Playoffs. We just have to pray to the almighty god that the Canadiens don't have to play them. The Flyers are #4 in the standings but have plenty of Goaltending issues as Marty Biron was pulled against the Friggin' Maple Leafs, only a week after John Stevens stated that "Biron would be their starter for the Playoffs". Might want to rethink that statement Johnny Boy. The Penguins and Hurricanes are #5 and #6 respectively and have been absolutely red hot. Look for them to do some damage in the post season. The Rangers have been decent at #7 and our boys in Red White and Blue have turned it around and at #8. The Panthers are still hanging around at #9 and the Sabres might be done with a crippling loss to the Thrashers yesterday that put them 5 points out of a playoffs spot with six games left.
There is only a 5 point margin from #4 to #9. So if the Canadiens keep up their winning ways, they could easily finish with home ice advantage. NOT SAYING IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN. I am merely stating that it is a possibility. Frankly, I do not care what place we finish in, as long as it is in a Playoff position and we are not playing the Devils. If any team could lose to a club that has lost 6 straight, it would definitely be Les Boys.
So there you have it.
There is so much promise in these last six games and if we play well enough, we could finish strong and try to forget about the Bad Acid Trip that was this season.
So in the immortal words of Senile Raiders Owner Al Davis,
Just Win Baby
Peace True Believers,
CAREY PRICE WILL NOT PLAY TONIGHT BECAUSE OF THE FLU. LOOK FOR JARO HALAK TO FILL IN.
DURING THE GAME WE WILL ATTEMPT TO HAVE AN OPEN THREAD WHERE EVERYONE LEAVES THEIR THOUGHTS THROUGHOUT THE MATCH IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. THIS IS A CHANCE TO VOICE YOUR OPINION ON THE CANADIENS. I WILL BE THERE.
YOU CAN BE AS VULGAR AS YOU LIKE. I'M NOT HERE TO CENSOR.