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Eller-ific week for Habs

Well, the Upper Canadien is back from vacation, and was pleasantly surprised to see that the Canadiens appeared to have, finally, started playing the way Randy Cunneyworth wants them to. On Wednesday night, the Habs had a lead, Winnipeg started fighting back, and the old, Jacques Martin-led Canadiens would have collapsed as much as possible in an effort to defend the lead.

The much more bad-ass Randy Cunneyworth Habs? Not so much.

Montreal kept their foot on the gas, and then some, scoring 7 in the win, led by the 4 goals of one Lars Eller.

Ah, Mr. Eller. He of the ill-timed penalty, off-colour quote, and occasional brilliant move, finally put it all together, having what is, thus far, the game of his career.

We can only hope there’s more to come.

Tonight, Montreal faces off against a wheeling Lightning team that has huge problems in net and seems to be in as much trouble as Montreal. A win propels the Canadiens up the standings a bit, and within reach of a playoff spot. A loss puts them perilously close to 10 points out, which many-a-pundit has called the “cut and run” level at which the Habs would theoretically become sellers.

This team, if they stay healthy, can still make some noise in the playoffs. They have the veterans, the skill, and the grit. Now they need to string some wins together.

Two would be a good start.

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Moq's avatar

I’ve always considered Eller to be more of a sniper than a playmaker, even though he can do the latter quite well. Hopefully, he’s discovered how to be effective in the NHL.

Posted by Moq from Denmark on 01/07/12 at 01:41 PM ET

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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.

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