December 10, 2011 in Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Vancouver Canucks Tags: NHL standings
It’s a bit before the Saturday evening games, and with the Habs so close to 8th spot and even higher, I look at these games tonight and decide who I want to win to help Montreal’s cause.
I think I’d like to see the Rangers beat Buffalo. Buffalo is only a point better than Montreal, while NY sits further up. So it’s first things first, which means climbing over Buffalo in the standings.
Vancouver is a no-brainer against Ottawa. The western teams can beat the eastern teams, except Montreal of course, anytime they want. The west has the power to help the Habs’ cause.
I’d like to see the Islanders beat Pittsburgh. The Islanders are way down and they don’t worry me. Except next Tuesday.
Philadelphia beating Tampa Bay would be fine, I suppose. Tampa’s trailing the Canadiens by five points, while Philly’s way up there.
I’m hoping Detroit beats Winnipeg. This year at least, the Jets are in the east and battling Montreal for a playoff spot.
And last but not least, it would be nice to see Columbus against Boston. Again, there’s that east-west thing.
Now it’s just sit back and wait for a couple of hours and see how it all plays out.
A few hours later……..
Four out of six that I wanted to win, won. – Rangers, Vancouver, Philadelphia, and Detroit. So no one jumped over us and we remain a hair from 8th place. And two back from catching Toronto. But Montreal has played a game or two more than anyone else so it’s still not great.