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Panic in Montreal

Well, I'll give the city of Montreal this much: it took 42 games this year. Here we are, April 16th, and it's a full blown crisis. Carey Price has melted down. Peter Budaj is starting Wednesday night. The defence is in shambles. The team has given up. All is lost...

...or so many would have you believe. The reality: goalies slump all the time. Remember a guy named Pat Roy? I happen to recall that, in 1993, he was less than stellar leading into the playoffs. Heck, some were calling for Jacques Demers to remove him as the starting goalie. He was shaky at best. And yet...

So fear not, Habs fans. The earth will stabilize. The sky will not fall in. The playoffs will soon be here, and all of this will be forgotten. As for tomorrow, against the Penguins, expect a spirited Habs team in front of Peter Budaj, he of the Flanders mask. Yannick Weber is expected to be in on defence, apparently recalled from the witness protection program, and Ryan White will be suspended for the game - he's got an in person hearing tomorrow in New York, and if I had to predict it, I'd say he's gone for the rest of the regular season. 

Six to go, folks. Crunch time. 

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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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