I’m going over the standings situation in the Eastern Conference and frankly, it’s kind of making me want to do some serious drinking.
Montreal presently sits in ninth spot, which isn’t good enough, and just a hair behind Ottawa who has the same number of wins, losses and points but has more goals for. (129-119). The Habs are also two points behind the recently-surging Philadelphia Flyers and three behind both the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers which in itself is quite nauseating.
The guys at the top – New Jersey, Washington, Buffalo and Pittsburgh, you can quit looking so smug. At least one of you up there in the expensive seats will implode soon enough.
Fifth to thirteenth in the east is very close, and it stinks. The New York Islanders have the same amount of points as the Habs but have two less wins. Behind the Islanders are Atlanta and Tampa Bay with 46 points, only two less than the Canadiens. Even Florida, in thirteenth position, has just five less points than Montreal.
It makes me sick.
What can a good Habs fan do to help the team? Forget about the top four for now, we’ll work on them in March. It’s these other pesky teams that need to be dealt with. Boston, the Rangers, Philly, Ottawa, the Islanders, Atlanta and Tampa Bay all need to lose, starting right around now.
I know they will. I’m just putting it out there.
Ottawa, naturally, will stink to high heaven from here on in and I feel bad for Sens fans who drive that long and lonely drive after yet another loss, all the way from Scotiabank Place which is practically in another time zone.
I said I feel bad for them, but of course I’m just being silly.
But Ottawa’s just one team. It’s those other bastards I’m concerned about.
Maybe if we concentrate on these teams losing, they’ll lose. If you know any good hex’s, feel free to use them. And if you have any voodoo dolls dressed in any of these enemy uniforms, start jabbing. Make them hurt. Injuries would be good too.
There’s also the matter of my annual bet with co-worker Sandy. It’s a bet of who finishes with more points, Vancouver or Montreal, and Sandy’s smugness should be illegal. I saw her the other day at the check-out counter at the supermarket and she asked me with this big gloating grin on her face if I realized how many points the Canucks have, which is 56, eight more than the Canadiens.
Anybody got a Canucks voodoo doll?
Overall, I’m just not liking the Habs’ position right now.