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Habs ready for two big tests

Remember that big lead the Habs had, battling at the top of the Eastern Conference? Well, now they have a two point cushion on eighth.

Tomorrow? Boston. Tonight: Philadelphia.

Not the easiest way to pad the win column.

The good news? Scott Gomez is back, and ready to go, likely lining up with Brian Gionta and the recently recalled Max Pacioretty. That should give the Habs a little bit of spark up front.

As you may know from my previous columns, I agree with just about every media member and pundit going back the last decade. The Habs need more size up front. Does the AHL goal scoring leader Pacioretty add that Absolutely. Can he have the same offensive impact in the NHL? We’ll have a good idea in a couple of hours.

Jaroslav Spacek is also back. Whether that is good news I leave up to you to decide. Yanick Weber appears to be the odd man out on defence.

The frustrating news? I still don’t have my repaired computer back from Apple. Come on guys, do I have to call Steve Jobs to get swift service? Can’t you fix a computer in two weeks?

The puck drops at 7:30 tonight, a little later than normal for Les Glorieux. The next two nights will go a long way towards determining where the Habs stand at the Christmas break.

We’re in for some good hockey.

 

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Unfortunately Montreal just doesn’t match up against either of these teams. Just a case of a team that doesn’t have enough size upfront to play against a fast, big, physical team. This team can’t finesse a finesse team and can’t finesse a big physical team. Everyone else they feast on. I can’t stress enough how poor a job Gainey did with this roster and he really deserves to be grilled for this debacle.

Posted by BlackXinu on 12/15/10 at 11:10 PM ET

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What was truly appauling was that the third star of the game went to PK Subban, a guy whose two turnovers resulted directly in Flyer goals.  What jackwagons were voting on this stuff?  JVR had six SOG, two goals, one of which was the game winner, and was a +2 and gets no mention…  Montreal:  joke of a hockey town.

Posted by Unicorn Force from DC (but like everyone here, I'm not a local) on 12/16/10 at 08:58 AM ET

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Not a good showing by the Habs. A few players looked slow (Spacek anyone?), Subban was great at times and horrid at others, and the player choices left one wondering if Jacques Martin was paying attention. Eller on the ice with five minutes left to kill a penalty? He had barely played five minutes the entire game!

As for the three stars, earlier this year the Canadiens made the decision to take the voting away from the media and put it in the hands of the fans. Thus, fans vote by phone, text and on the web. And clearly Subban should not have been a star. I was not a fan of the system when it was launched, and this was a perfect example of it gone wrong.

Posted by The Upper Canadien from Toronto on 12/16/10 at 09:30 AM ET

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