It the Habs and Leafs at the Toronto barn, and of course the Habs need to clean the Buds’ clocks.
I shouldn’t even have to mention it.
As it stands, just six points separate the Canadiens from playoffs and no playoffs, and for the Leafs, it’s three points between them and being gone.
But it’s not about the Leafs, it’s about the Canadiens. The Leafs losing is only a bonus.
The Leafs are having goaltending issues. Their best guy, Jonathan Bernier, is on the sidelines with a groin injury, and backup James Reimer, who feels he isn’t a backup but is (just ask coach Randy Carlyle), will probably be between the pipes and the Habs have to pound away.
Toronto’s also lost their last three – to Tampa Bay, Detroit, and Washington, so hopefully they’re in the midst of a big time implosion. It’s up to the Habs to keep this Leafs free fall going.
You just never know with this Leafs team, especially when they play the Canadiens.
The bottom line is, it’s a game the Habs must win.
At Friday’s practice, Alex Galchenyuk centered a line with Brian Gionta and Rene Bourque.
Brandon Prust is gone for the remaining 11 games with an upper body injury.