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Game One

It’s here. Game one tonight from the Gahden. Speed versus size. And a rivalry for the ages.

Goaltending will be key. Special teams perhaps moreso. But a big matchup in this series being ignored? Third and fourth line depth.

Last year, Domnic Moore and Max Lapierre, time and time again, came through for Montreal. Moore scored the series winner against Washington. Many forget the impact the bottom six had for Montreal.

Now, who’s to say Ryan White, Lars Eller, and David Desharnais won’t come through this year? Fair enough. But Boston has Rich Peverley, Chris Kelly, Michael Ryder, and Gregory Campbell in their bottom six. There is serious disparity there, both skill and experience wise.

Jeff Halpern would help bridge the gap, but it appears he is out for game one.

I’m not saying this disparity can’t be overcome - after all, I do predict a Habs series win in six games - but it is going to be a challenge, and it’s a matchup currently being overlooked in the media. But I, for one, am excited to see what the kids of the bottom two lines can do. Perhaps Benoit Pouliot will come out flying, hitting everything in his path, as he does once every year or two? He has the power to be what Brad Marchand is for Boston. But Benny needs to be focused to do that. If I were Jacques Martin, I’d probably be dressing seven defence en, just to get Paul Mara’s size on the ice. But it doesn’t appear that is going to happen.

So does Benny come out flying? Does Carey Price put on a show? Does PK skate circles around the Boston brutes?

We will know soon enough.

Until then, I’m off to Toronto’s best kept Habs secret, Kilgour’s, to watch Les Glorieux take on the Boston Bruins. I can’t wait.

May the best team win.

Prediction: 4-3 Montreal. Look for Mr. Cammalleri to have a heck of a game.

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Steve Strowbridge's avatar

Enjoy the game, sir!

For my birthday (today) I asked for nothing but a Bruins victory, so here’s to hoping your Habs in 6 prediction involves dropping the first game in the Garden.

Posted by Steve Strowbridge from St. John's, NL, CA on 04/14/11 at 03:14 PM ET

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Happy Birthday Steve! Sorry to disappoint.

Yours truly,

- Carey Price

Posted by The Upper Canadien from Toronto on 04/14/11 at 11:26 PM ET

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Unbelievable result in game 1. I think Boston’s first line is going to come up big in the game 2. Still can’t see any way that Montreal can win this. But, I guess that’s why they play the games.

Posted by BlackXinu on 04/16/11 at 10:06 AM 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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