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‘Twas the night before Christmas…or something like that

Anticipation, anyone? 36 hours from now, the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators will see the puck dropped on what I expect  to be a great first round series. So many good storylines. Subban vs. Karlsson. Price vs. Anderson. Therrien vs. MacLean. While I expect the Senators to be extremely tough competitors - let's face it, just about every playoff adversary is - I do think the Habs hold the edge in this series, and I expect them to win in 6 games. One aspect I'm keen to look for it how Montreal tries to control the flow of the series. Playing defensive hockey will only play into Ottawa's hands, so I am looking for Therrien and co. to try and breakout through the series and, with their speed and offence, apply pressure to Ottawa's defence. I'm also curious to see how many Canadiens fans end up at the Corel Cent, er Scotiabank Place, as I expect thousands to make the trip down highway 417.

As for other sidestories to this series, one curious one is the legal trouble of Montreal defenceman Nathan Beaulieu. He was charge yesterday with assault, stemming from an incident over the weekend involving his father, also charged with assault, and two other individuals. 

Beaulieu had already been called up by the Canadiens, and to date there has been no comment from the team, other than the standard "no comment."

So, as Habs fans impatiently grind through the next two days, the playoffs continue to get well underway, and Canada's other representatives in this year's tournament, Vancouver and Toronto, begin their quest for the Cup. Nothing says Canada like watching playoff hockey with family and friends, and here's to many of you doing that over the next two months.

And don't forget: Habs in 6.

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Da lil Guy's avatar

I agree on the anticipation.

I disagree with your prediction.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 05/01/13 at 01:29 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.

I've come to Kukla's Korner with four years of campus radio and three years of sportswriting from my time at Mount Allison University on Canada's East coast. Not only do I not have any professional journalistic training, after five years in the corporate world, I've spent much of the past two years completing an MBA. Business by day, hockey by night, I'm a Canadiens fan through and through. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I do writing.

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