Tuesday March 22, 2011
Montreal Bulldogs vs. Buffalo Sabres
Attention all Leaf fans! As I live in Southern Ontario, I’ve had to endure a lot of your yammering this season. Constant claims of “The Leafs are going to knock the Habs out of the playoffs in the final game of the season” and “Last year was a fluke” have had me looking skyward, sighing and thinking to myself, “You morons.”
Here we are, 9 games left. The Habs are almost assured a trip to the post season. The Leafs are sitting 10th, and 5 games back of the Buffalo Sabres for the 8th and final playoff spot. Now, you see, it is the Habs who hold the Leafs playoff aspirations in the palm of their hands. If the Leafs hope to have any sort of chance to make the post season, it is almost mandatory the Habs beat the Sabres tonight.
So all you folks sporting the blue and white, you had better strap some red onto your outfits, because we are all Habs fans now!
Don’t expect the Habs to be sleeping tonight. They’ve got a bone to pick with the Sabres after the last time the teams met. On January 18th, the teams did battle in Buffalo. It was the first time Pacioretty was rushed to the hospital this season, after he took a James Wisniewski slapshot to the chest. It was the game that Cammalleri went down with a shoulder injury after a dirty hit in the corner by Gaustad. It was the game that little annoying guy, Nathan Gerbe, goaded Gomez into a stupid penalty and then scored an overtime winner for a 3-2 Sabres win.
There will be retribution.
- Andrei Markov (Torn ACL-out indefinitely)
- Josh Jorges (out indefinitely)
- Max Pacioretty (Broken Neck)
- Tomas Plekanec (Day to Day)
- Jeff Halpern (Day to Day)
- Brent Sopel
- Mathieu Darche
- Jaroslav Spacek
- Jochen Hecht
- Patrick Lalime
- Derek Roy
- Patrick Kaleta
Keys to the Game
I sure hope Cammalleri has a bee in his bonnet tonight. This is the team that put him out for 20 games with a dirty hit. He’s on pace to have his lowest point total of his NHL career, and if they’ve ever needed him to show up, now is the time.
Carey Price WILL play well tonight.
The Canadiens sent Aaron Palushaj down to the Bulldogs, no doubt to see more time in a top 6 role. Called up in his stead, Andreas Enqvist, a defensive specialist, who will give the Habs some size down the middle.
Montreal 4 – Buffalo 2