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Habs-Thrashers preview

A month ago, I never thought I’d say the Canadiens season could, or potentially would, come down to a game against the Atlanta Thrashers, but here we are. We have a public panicking over a lack of goals, a media clamouring over the rumours and innuendo suggested by Georges Laraque, and a team that hasn’t scored in 9 days.

Meanwhile, we’ve got three teams behind Montreal player, arguably, their best hockey of the season. That is not a good mix. That’s not even a half-decent mix.

But the Canadiens can change all of that tonight.

A win over Atlanta would vault Montreal a couple of points up in the standings, giving them reasonable breathing room before they play Carolina tomorrow night.

A loss would, well, it could have implications.

They say this time of year means more. I’ve never been a believer - after all, a win in October equals a win in March. Nothing changes until round one. But unfortunately for these Montreal Canadiens, everything matters now. And they have to win. Heck, they have to score. Scoring is so low the Habs could conceivably end the year without a 60

goal

point scorer - and if that doesn’t terrify you, let alone remind you of the Martin Rucinsky days, I’m not sure what will.

They’re saying the right things. But now is the time for action. Carey Price starts for the Habs. Chris Mason starts for Atlanta. (note: various outlets are reporting different starters, but when this was written, the news was Mason. That apparently may change.)

A nice little six game winning streak would erase all (or most of) these doubts, wouldn’t it?

Puck drops at 7:30

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Steve Strowbridge's avatar

Scoring is so low the Habs could conceivably end the year without a 60 goal scorer

I think this is a typo, sir.

Posted by Steve Strowbridge from St. John's, NL, CA on 03/29/11 at 03:51 PM ET

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I’ve read Pavelec will be in goal for the Thrashers, fwiw.

Posted by MIke P from Columbia, SC on 03/29/11 at 04:02 PM ET

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Carey Price jersey that I ordered 3 weeks ago finally showed up today, take this as a good omen, lets go habs!

Posted by jay from newfoundland on 03/29/11 at 04:51 PM ET

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Thank you for the point re: goals. Should have said points! And also re: starting goalies. I’ve left a note above.

As for that Price jersey, I certainly hope you’re correct! They really, really need a win.

Posted by The Upper Canadien from Toronto on 03/29/11 at 07:19 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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