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Big game tonight

Is it the biggest? Everyone said the Canadiens were down and out after their 8-6 loss to Boston a month ago, but since then, the Habs have defied injuries, logic, and most recently the weather, to stay in the race for a top four playoff spot in the East.

The key tonight? For me, it is how the bigger players respond to Boston’s surefire chirping. Will Max Pacioretty be the beast he has been of late, forechecking without concern for his health or safety? Will Travis Moen hit, or he hit? And how will new Hab Brent Sopel perform in his introduction to, what I would argue, is the fiercest rivalry currently going in the NHL?

Also of interest is how smaller players, like David Desharnais, stand up to the physically imposing Boston defense. Desharnais, and players like him, will be the key to any Habs playoff run. And mark my words, they will have to go through Boston.

Game time is 7:30, and the intensity should be just as high, if not higher, than their last meeting. This is one I am really, really looking forward to.

I’ll go out on a limb and say Habs win 4-2. They won’t be thrown around again, especially not in their own building.

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The Upper Canadien is your one stop shop for all things Montreal Canadiens. Since the summer of 2010, I've been providing Habs related news, notes, and most importantly, opinions. As a blogger, I don't believe it's my job to report the news, it's my privilege to comment on it. You may disagree with what I suggest. In fact, you most likely will. But that's the great part about blogging: it spurs opinion, comment and engages all involved. I've really enjoyed all the debate and commentary from readers thus far and I encourage everyone to respond with ideas on lineups, trades, logos, sweaters, mascots, whatever. The Upper Canadien is a conversation for all hockey fanatics.

I've come to Kukla's Korner with four years of campus radio and three years of sportswriting from my time at Mount Allison University on Canada's East coast. Not only do I not have any professional journalistic training, after five years in the corporate world, I've spent much of the past two years completing an MBA. Business by day, hockey by night, I'm a Canadiens fan through and through. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I do writing.

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