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Habs ready for game 82

Carey Price will llead the Habs onto the ice tomorrow as they go for win number fifty on the year, and look to wrap up the Atlantic Divison title. A bit of a surprise, given Price played Thursday and most expected he would rest Saturday against the Maple Leafs, who have called up enforcer Colton Orr for their last game of the season. Are the Habs concerned that Price could get injured, as Andrei Markov did against Toronto in a final game years ago? They don't seem to be, and they genuinely seem focused on besting Tampa Bay for the division. 

With the playoffs looming, many are talking about who the Habs would prefer to play first round. I can tell you who they don't want to play: Ottawa. The Habs have lost 9 of their past 15 games against Ottawa, including their 5 game playoff series two seasons ago. Pittsburgh could be a good match for the Habs, depending on the play of Marc-Andre Fleury. As for Boston, if they manage to sneak in, they're always a strong adversary. Bottom line: There is no easy road through round one.

That said, the Habs have Price, and that gives them a chance against anyone. That aside, there's one more game to play. Let's see what they've got, and whether they can become the first Habs team to win 50 games since 1989. 

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