Just a little re-examining of the standings.
Boston lost 4-3 to Tampa Bay today. This doesn’t mean anything as far as the Habs and the standings go. It just feels good to say that Boston lost. Hah! Boston lost. LOSERS!
But back to business. Carolina beat Colorado today 5-2. Colorado, you pathetic bunch of mountain dwellers. Can’t even beat Carolina? Don’t you understand what this means in the eastern standings? Did you lose on purpose?
Carolina now has 67 points. Which means they’re one point out of a playoff spot, with Florida, Buffalo, and the Rangers all at 68 points. It also means they’re only two behind Montreal, who have 69 points.
Montreal plays Vancouver on Tuesday, are in Philadelphia Friday, and then meet and greet the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. All these teams are definitely beatable, although San Jose has been on a roll lately, like, since the beginning of the season. But it doesn’t mean they don’t lose. Heck, they’ve already lost, gulp, eight times this year. Philadelphia sits two points ahead of the Canadiens with 71 points, so naturally that’s a huge game too. And Vancouver? They broke out of their slump like the Habs are hopefully in the process of doing, but if I listed all the reasons why Montreal needs to win this particular game, it could take hours and you need to eat and sleep and do various other things. Yes, they need to beat Vancouver.
So it’s three big games, and after that it’s trade deadline day on March 4th. A really big ten days coming up for the Montreal Canadiens. And you and I.
And the way I see it unfolding is this; Alex Kovalev will be the new Alex Kovalev. Carey Price and Jaroslav Halak will be the new Price and Halak. Mathieu Schneider will hit the net. And Andrei Kostitsyn, and his brother if he comes back, will find new friends. Preferably from a church group.