It’s back to business tonight for the Montreal Canadiens after another too-long, four-day coffee break, so players shouldn’t be tired as they host the Pittsburgh Penguins. I guess now with this break Jacques Martin will be able to play Carey Price for another 30 games or so before the goalie hits another wall.
The problem is, rest or no rest, a couple of defencemen are ailing (Josh Gorges and Roman Hamrlik), and the Penguins are playing fine hockey while the Canadiens…….not so much. Pittsburgh sits atop the Eastern Conference with 55 points, while Montreal is barely holding on the eighth and final playoff spot ten points back of the Penguins.
Ten points in this era of parity is gigantic.
How beautiful would it be to see the Habs beat Pittsburgh tonight? Two huge points, a confidence-builder if there ever was one, a win that says, yes, we can beat anyone when we play our game, and we can win with injuries.
And we do have the Wiz now and we’re assuming he’ll continue to make an impact like he has in his first three games as a Hab (two goals, three assists).
But we won’t win if certain guys, not mentioning any names, are just going through the motions. Everyone knows who they are. There’s a guy from Belarus. And another who came over in the Latendresse trade. And a good old Saskatchewan boy who’s tough but is playing like he’s worried he’ll damage a fingernail.
To not name a few.
We’ve all worked with people like this in our daily lives – get through the shift with as little effort as possible and have no problem accepting a paycheque at the end. Heck, I’ve done it, but only because of a hangover or two.
Hopefully that’s not the case with these fellows.
If Montreal beats Pittsburgh on this night, they’ll have earned five of six points in their last three games, and that could be enough to convince themselves their slide is now history. But certainly we need all hands on deck.
C’mon boys…make our day. Earn your money.