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Habs on the coast, Mortensen pays tribute

The Habs play a struggling Canucks team tonight - but they are struggling in a completely different sphere than the 3rd-last place Canadiens. David Desharnais is likely out, and Louis Leblanc goes in. Max Pacioretty looks to pad his US-born record 30 goals as a Hab, and PK Subban looks to continue on pace to match his point total from last year, and post an improved +/- with a much worse team…despite the fact that everyone else would have you believe he’s been terrible. The Habs look to build on their 62 points - for, as they have the entire year, they seem to fail at everything. They can’t even lose right. A loss Thursday would have put them behind Edmonton, and at this point, what’s more important than a draft pick?

Meanwhile, while many Montreal fans tune out, Viggo Mortensen is likely to be watching tonight. The Hollywood star, who won a Genie award in Canada Thursday night (Canada’s national version of the Academy Awards), is a well known massive Habs fan, and brought a Canadiens flag onstage to dedicate his award to the Habs. He also noted that the Canadiens will be back next year “with vengeance.” Let’s hope so, because this year has been a disappointment, at best.

Puck drop at 10 pm EST.

UPDATE: 4:30 PM - Andrei Markov has been activated and may dress tonight. He is a game time decision.

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You do get that no team is ever going to actually tank it, right? The Habs may suck this year, but they’re not going to purposely lose to get a better draft pick.

Posted by Jean-Marc on 03/10/12 at 06:19 PM ET


Jean-Marc, didn’t see your comment until just now: absolutely, these guys are competitive through and through, and while some (ahem, Rene Bourque) stop trying, others, a la Cole, Desharnais, Pacioretty, Gorges, Subban, etc., will fight to the death.

But a guy can dream, can’t he?

Posted by The Upper Canadien from Toronto on 03/14/12 at 12:05 AM ET

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