Thursday March 24, 2011
Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins
To everyone expecting a fight filled, blood spilling, madhouse of a game, stop watching so much TSN. Yes the Habs are pissed at the Bruins for the Pacioretty ordeal. Yes they want retribution. Yes Ryan White will be in the lineup. There is something much more important going on between these two teams than punches and injuries. The division lead and home ice in the playoffs is at stake.
I’m not saying the Bruins aren’t going to be nasty and try to goad Montreal into a fighting style of game, they will. It’s the only way they can beat them. Martin and Muller are too smart a coaching tandem to allow this to happen. They know what the Habs strengths are, and fisticuffs and bloodshed are not among them.
So look for the anger to be translated into speed, skill and true (not fabricated) “hockey plays”. The Bruins can’t beat up what they can’t catch, (just like my mother told me growing up) and these Habs are fast, fast, fast!
- Andrei Markov (Torn ACL-out indefinitely)
- Josh Jorges (out indefinitely)
- Max Pacioretty (Broken Neck)
- Tomas Plekanec (game time decision)
- Jeff Halpern (game time decision)
- Brent Sopel (game time decision)
- Jaroslav Spacek
- Marc Savard
- Shane Hnidy
Keys to the Game
Don’t get caught up in the hype! Play your game not theirs, and you will win. The 4-1 record against Boston this season confirms this.
The injury bug is starting to go dormant, as Mathieu Darch and Brent Sopel are expected to return to action tonight and a possibility exists that Tomas Plekanec and Jeff Halpern are on the verge as well.
Montreal 300 – Boston 0
How’s that for redemption?