Monday, March 21, 2011

The Habs This Week

The Habs have a few important games on tap this week, starting with the Sabres on Tuesday. The Habs are 3-2 against Buffalo this season, and look to prevent them from evening out the series in the final matchup of the regular season. The Habs are coming off an 8-1 win that included a hat trick from rookie superstar PK Subban against the Wild, whereas the Sabres are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to Nashville. I don't expect an exciting game, and I'm predicting the Sabres will pocket the 2 points in this matchup.

Thursday, the Habs face the Bruins for the final time this season, although it is likely they'll face each other in the first round of the playoffs. This rivalry still has the stench of the last game a little less than 2 weeks ago, in which Zdeno Chara slammed Max Pacioretty's head into the stanchion that separates the benches, fracturing his C4 vertebra. Habs fans were outraged when Mike Murphy did not suspend the Bruins defenseman, resulting in a media frenzy, an organized protest outside the Bell Centre, and threats of sponsorship withdrawals, among other things. The Habs have found success against the Bruins for the most part this season, barring the brutal beating they took in February. Thursday's game is in Boston, and I'm predicting the Habs to win this one. Do it for Patches (who, by the way, may return for the playoffs. Saying this kid is made of steel would be the understatement of the year.)

Saturday the Habs will play the Capitals, who will most likely be missing their star forward Ovechkin, who is reportedly being given the remainder of the season off to rest up for the playoffs (though officially it's to nurse a "nagging ailment"). The Habs lost their last game against the Caps, and I'm predicting our boys to win this one. I'm also both despising/looking forward to any asinine comments Bruce Boudreau may make prior to the game. The final HabsTweetup of the regular season will also take place at Maclean's Pub on this night, so make sure to RSVP!

So if my math skills aren't as terrible as I think they are, that gives the Habs 4 points out of a possible 6 this week. And for your viewing pleasure, some Max Pacioretty awesomeness :)

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