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Fearless prediction: If your Montreal Canadiens play like this in Toronto on Saturday night, they will get smoked.

And if this is what they bring to the playoffs … well, it just doesn’t bear thinking about.

Of course, the lineup we saw in Ottawa won’t be intact for the postseason.

Carey Price will be back in nets – probably in Toronto, certainly next week.

Yannick Weber will be in the pressbox.

We know who the first four defencemen will be, and the third pairing likely will be Jaro Spacek, who was decent in his first game back, and Paul Mara.

Shall we accentuate the positive?

• While the Rangers were losing, the Canadiens got a point.

• David Desharnais made some slick plays.

• Jacques Martin was able to distribute ice time among his four lines.

But old geezer Roman Hamrlik – who, with benefit of 20/20 hindsight, maybe should have been rested … and maybe will be in Toronto – still played more than 21 minutes and was on for Flip Kuba’s winning goal.

• The two top lines played well. Andrei Kostitsyn had six shots on goal, three hits and made a brilliant pass to set up Mike Cammalleri for the goal that salvaged a point the Canadiens didn’t deserve. Scott Gomez cussed out Chris Neil and made good plays for his linemates.

That’s it for highlights.

The downers:

• The team played with zero intensity. That’s understandable after the emotional win over Chicago. Let’s see what they bring to the ACC.

• A five-minute power play produced one shot on goal. The Tomas Plekanec and Scott Gomez waves each had two cracks, and the PP ended with Lars Eller on the ice. It was not pretty.

• Ryan White did nothing and was the only Canadiens who played less than 10 minutes.

• P.K. Subban had four SoG, several cute moves and was on, with Hal Gill, for two Ottawa goals. Not one of the kid’s better games.

• Faceoffs were terrible: Gomez 3-6, Eller 1-8.

• Neil, Francis Lessard and Colin Greening each had four hits. AK46′s three led the Canadiens’ hit parade. If they play this soft in Toronto …

The point was important. If I read the standings correctly, the Canadiens cannot finish lower than seventh.

That avoids a first-round match-up with Washington, and that’s good. With their size, skill and new-found commitment to team D, the Capitals – with decent goaltending – would be heavily favoured.

Of course, that was the case last year. But Washington is a better team.

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

There’s another “meaningless” regular-season game to play, against a team that will treat it like Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.

If the Canadiens are as dozy as they were most of the time in Ottawa …

Question for the Commentariat:

Should Price be rested in Toronto?

• God, give me strength! The guys on L’Antichambre say the next Ottawa coach has to be bilingual.

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  4. squally10 says:

    I think that because Cherry has be predicting that someone is going to ‘get’ Subban, I would be inclined to keep him out of the game more than anyone. I’m sure that there is a Leaf that would love to make Don Cherry proud!

  5. mrhabby says:

    Rest Price, Hammer, Gill at a minumum if Flyers win tonight.
    Rest assured the Leafs want to win big time tomorrow night. They want to give there fans something back after not making the playoffs this year.

    ps..can’t wait to lmao when cherry opens up with…”now boys and girls this is what you don’t do”

  6. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Boone, give your head a shake. Do you honestly think the Habs were trying to win last night? What difference does it make how they play against the Leafs? There are no guarantees that the Habs will do better in the playoffs against Boston as they would against the Caps, Flyers or Pens. I say rest more players against the Leafs because they play dirtiest against us plus the fact we’re moving on & they’re not further pisses them off and makes them resort to dirty hockey. No sense taking any chances.

  7. HabFanSince72 says:

    The bottom 3 playoff picture.

    If Carolina win their last two games they are in.

    If Buffalo get one point from their last two games they are in.

    Rangers need help.

    If Buffalo loses tonight Montreal is sure to finish 6th.

  8. solomio says:

    No problem with the level of intensity last night.They played a game that certainly wasn’t their worst of the year. The game was effectively meaningless. No need to get a hernia out there.
    Like I said previously….as many start players as possible should not not play at the ACC. That place is a proven injury magnet for the Habs. Please heed this warning.

  9. moggs says:

    I wish you arseholes would not be so hard on our team. They are trying and you are fat and lazy and likely lived in your mom’s basement until 2 years ago. EFFFF OFFF!

  10. OneTimer says:

    Auld was good. Carey couldn’t have done better, really.

    Subban’s game seemed off; he was really trying for that record-tying goal, and no good came from it.

    And Andrei’s PASSING SKILLS are on fire. Let’s not give up on this taciturn wrecking ball just yet, huh?

  11. Marc10 says:

    If Gill is going to hit the snooze button in these last two games, he should sit and let Weber play his natural position for the last game.

    In meaningless games, the Habs should look to fulfil specific missions to keep their interest up – say get PK his team record, find a way to get Gomer and Benny scoring. Or maybe it’s spending the night dumping it Komisarek way to ensure we gain the zone with ease… You know, something specific beyond a getting a loosy goosy fire-wagon win.

    Feareless prediction. The Leafs will come to play.

    Carey, Carey, Carey, Oi, Oi, Oi!!!

  12. Jbird says:

    Play Price. Rest all old, and slighly soar players.

  13. Jdub1985 says:

    If they think Saturday is a right off they’re sorely mistaken … the last game is a must win for the 6th seed and a match up versus the Bruins and believe me – that’s their best shot!

    That is unless the team is too scared to face them, then by all means pansies throw Saturday night and pray Buffalo wins.

  14. EricInStL says:

    One thing for sure about saturday nights game. JM will do the wrong decision that will have an impact on the playoffs.

    Anyone over 30 should have sat this Ottawa game. Same with Saturday’s game.

    They need Gill in top shape. Also give lots of time in the 3rd to the 3rd and 4th line. Let the scrubs get their 15 minutes of ice time.

    Come on JM do the right thing. Let Toronto score 4 quick goals and then just cruise and try different things, you like to do that.

    Also by making Toronto win you give Boston less chances to get the #1 pick…. Think JM, Think….

  15. HardHabits says:

    Leafs could win the Cup with the team they have. No seriously.

    Of course if only they were in the play-offs.

    I mean they obviously have all the right components like the soon to be one of the greatest goaltenders in the world in nets and 12 picks next draft, 2 count’em 2 in the 1st round, albeit picks number 29 and 30 but still they’re in round 1.

    Now they’ll have the right set of farm players for their farm team. After another a few more good drafts they’ll be able to stock up the Marlies too.

    Yep they’re 2-3 years away from building a farm system, so that’s what? Another 5-10 without any play-off appearances. Give or take a decade or two.

    And who says Saturday’s game has no significance.

  16. PrimeTime says:

    Really, who cares? This game meant as much as a pre-season exhibition game or a prediction by some idiot called Observer. The real season starts next week and Habs will compete against whoever. The only thing for sure is there will highs and lows and the comments here will reflect the same. Enjoy the excitment of playoff hockey…..no better entertainment for a hockey fan.

  17. Timo says:

    A perimeter team… zero net presence. Sigh. One good game and everybody is riding on a high… then crashed back to earth.

  18. JohnBellyful says:

    Great. I’m pretty sure I just posted something twice. But I won’t know until it shows up on the website, and who knows when that’s going to happen. I’ll probably be in bed by then. So if you see something of mine that looks eerily familiar — as in two posts that are identical appearing in row — my apologies.

  19. JohnBellyful says:

    MONTREAL – The sixth-place Montreal Canadiens received devastating news Thursday that could severely hurt their Stanley Cup chances: Tom Pyatt’s stone hands is contagious.
    The chief researcher at the the club’s newly established medical foundation told reporters a battery of tests and a stack of game sheets have confirmed Pyatt’s inability to score has spread to his teammates.
    “Pouliot, Desharnais, Eller, Gomez – all have been infected,” Dr. Mel Cleghorn said. “At first we thought it was a genetic condition peculiar to Pyatt that could be treated, once its cause was determined. That’s why we set up the foundation in December, to find a cure for Tom’s Roberto Duranitis and then move on to tackling other diseases rampant in the NHL. But the disease is more insidious than we first imagined.”
    Dr. Cleghorn said the team has tried different prophylatic measures, such as isolating Pyatt from the team (a keep-the-other-players-healthy scratch), making him dress in the hallway, and having him wear aluminum-lined, antibiotic-soaked oven mitts at all times.
    But it appears the team waited too long.
    “When we saw a natural goal scorer like Gomez consistently coming up empty, we knew we had a bigger problem on our hands than just Tom’s hands,” Dr. Cleghorn said.
    He also revealed the foundation’s medical team is working on another medical mystery: Pouliot’s propensity to fall to the ice unprovoked.
    “We’ve ruled out weak ankles, an inner ear infection, and poorly built skates,” Dr. Cleghorn said. “Until we find the reason for it, we’re calling it poulio- a temporary paralysis of the lower limbs that causes a player to lose his stride and then his balance. We know it’s not contagious because no one else on the team displays the same symptoms.”
    The researcher said the foundation is exploring the possibility the two puzzling conditions might be the result of environmental factors.
    “There’s no way these forwards would have been signed to contracts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars if they couldn’t score,” Dr. Cleghorn said. “Something must have happened after they got here.”
    To confirm that thesis, the foundation plans to find out if players traded away by the Habs have upped their scoring totals.

  20. JohnBellyful says:

    MONTREAL – The sixth-place Montreal Canadiens received devastating news Thursday that could severely hurt their Stanley Cup chances: Tom Pyatt’s stone hands is contagious.
    The chief researcher at the the club’s new medical foundation told reporters a battery of tests and a stack of game sheets have confirmed Pyatt’s inability to score has spread to his teammates.
    “Pouliot, Desharnais, Eller, Gomez – all have been infected,” Dr. Mel Cleghorn said. “At first we thought it was a genetic condition peculiar to Pyatt that could be treated, once its cause was determined. That’s why we set up the foundation in December, to find a cure for Tom’s Roberto Duranitis and then move on to tackling other diseases rampant in the NHL. But the disease is more insidious than we first imagined.”
    Dr. Cleghorn said the team has tried different prophylatic measures, such as isolating Pyatt from the team (a keep-the-other-players-healthy scratch), making him dress in the hallway, and having him wear aluminum-lined, antibiotic-soaked oven mitts at all times.
    But it appears the team waited too long.
    “When we saw a natural goal scorer like Gomez consistently coming up empty, we knew we had a bigger problem on our hands than just Tom’s hands,” Dr. Cleghorn said.
    He also revealed the foundation’s medical team is working on another medical mystery: Pouliot’s propensity to fall to the ice unprovoked.
    “We’ve ruled out weak ankles, an inner ear infection, and poorly built skates,” Dr. Cleghorn said. “Until we find the reason for it, we’re calling it poulio- a temporary paralysis of the lower limbs that causes a player to lose his stride and then his balance. We know it’s not contagious because no one else on the team displays the same symptoms.”
    The researcher said the foundation is exploring the possibility the two puzzling conditions might be the result of environmental factors.
    “There’s no way these forwards would have been signed to contracts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars if they couldn’t score,” Dr. Cleghorn said. “Something must have happened after they got here.”
    To confirm that thesis, the foundation plans to find out if players traded away by the Habs have upped their scoring totals.

  21. habsfan0 says:

    “God, give me strength! The guys on L’Antichambre say the next Ottawa coach has to be bilingual.”

    He should speak Romulan and Klingon.

  22. fbkj says:

    sorry i disagree with boone a lot here

  23. Mr.Hazard says:

    LOL @ your last line, Boone!

  24. avatar_58 says:

    lol what a horrible game.

  25. rocketsglare says:

    The team looked to be going through the motion of playing tonight’s
    game and where fortunate to earn a point. They better pick up their
    game against the Leafs because if they don’t, it could get ugly very
    quickly. The Habs need to improve on their miserable PP. It could be
    the difference between advancing or an early exit. Cammalleri seems
    to be peeking at the right time and it was good to see Spacek play-
    ing tonight. Auld deserved better and is a definite keeper. One more
    game, but what a game!

  26. 24 Cups says:

    I’m not sure why we would need to rest Price seeing that he had tonight off. That would give him three days off between the Chicago game and the Toronto start as well as the first playoff game the following Wednesday. Regardless, there’s no need to make a decision until after Buffalo’s game tomorrow night against Philly. If Buffalo loses in regulation, then we are automatically in 6th. If that happens, then Price, Pleks, Hamrlik and Gill can sit out against Toronto.

  27. jimmy shaker says:

    Give Auld the start on saturday, because you know the leafs always give the boys a tough time, and with another sleepy performance likely on the way, there is no need for carey to get hung out to dry or possibly even hurt. Auld played decent and carey needs to detox from the minutes and pucks he’s seen this year. It’s a no brainer for auld on saturday, but JM will drop the ball like he’s done numerous times already this year. And can we tell our D that fronting guys only creates 2 bodies our goalies have to look through rather than one. What was the wiz doing on that goal? Quit this fronting shite and move the guy out of the way of our tenders vision…….Is it really that hard?

    Shaker

  28. Gormdog says:

    I second that motion.

    • barrieboy1 says:

      Let’s be real here. This club is beyond offensively challenged. Goals are scarcer than Cup parades in T.O., and on the subject of the Leafs, why start Price on Saturday night at the ACC? Pardon the pessimism, but after watching that performance against the Binghamton Sens, I think we all know how that’s gonna turn out. And all for what — Philly or Boston? This has all the makings of a very short postseason. Price standing on his head might steal a game, two at best, but with this offence there’s not a hope of seeing the second round.

  29. sampson12 says:

    I gotta disagree with the fact that playing with zero intensity is ‘understandable’ because of the emotional win against Chicago. Inconsistency has been one of our biggest issues this year. We need to learn to play with intensity every game, no exceptions.

    • Gormdog says:

      82 games is a looooooong season. Even the vaunted Canucks take games off here and there.

      • HabsFanInTampa says:

        The “vaunted” Canucks clinched the President’s Cup. We clinched a playoff spot and could end up in the 8th seed instead of the 6th. Very weak example on your part.

    • The Cat says:

      Come on now, theres no reason for the habs to go all out in these last 2 games.

      [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

    • The Cat says:

      Theres no reason for the habs to strain/risk themselves now that theyre in.

      [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  30. habs001 says:

    we must have the most forwards over two seasons who go into long non scoring streaks…eller has not experienced enough scoring in his career and that is why he has very little goal scoring touch…maxpac was the same way till he exploded in the ahl…plecks is a fine piece to any team i am just not convinced he can carry a team 4 rounds…gomez has a lot more jump lately….gion is our best forward…pouliot is just hopeless

  31. Bill says:

    They need a point against Toronto, so I guess everyone important needs to play.

    In a perfect world you sit Price. Of course, in a perfect world, you don’t play a relatively meaningless game against an opponent with nothing to lose and a lot of motivation to goon it up.

    I expect Toronto to try to injure Plekanec or Subban or Price.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  32. RGM says:

    I missed virtually the entire game (first one this year) because I was out with Mrs. and some friends….and when we got home she sprung my birthday present on me: two tickets to Toronto and to the game! So here’s to hoping that they bring it on Saturday night!

    Carey Price is All Hart! http://on.fb.me/CP31Hart
    Go Habs Go!

  33. JF says:

    As for Price, the RDS guys suggested giving him a period or half the game, then putting Auld in. That way Price would stay sharp, but still get some rest with minimal risk of injury. I would either do that, or just play Auld. I’m not sure that playing twenty or thirty minutes between now and the playoffs would have any effect.

    And I would definitely give Hamrlik the game off and use Gill minimally.

    • Wayne says:

      Resting Price for half a game? That does it, they’ve taken Habs analysis to place beyond absurdity. Do people actually sit and watch that much Habs coverage? If I did, I punch myself in the balls. It’s ridiculous the way they carry on about essentially NOTHING, making up shit as they go. No wonder players are clamoring to sign with this club.

  34. habs001 says:

    we have scored the 6th fewest goals in the nhl…the next lowest scoring team after us is 22nd overall(wild)…first round makes no difference who we play as the majority of the games will be one goal games and some will go to o/t…..

  35. SeriousFan09 says:

    Habs Michael Bournival is going to play in the 2012 Memorial Cup next year as the team he captains, the Shawinigan Cataractes have been selected to host it.

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  36. JF says:

    I actually didn’t think the effort was all that bad. I had half expected the team not to show up at all, and I certainly didn’t expect anything like the intensity we saw against Chicago. The first two periods were decent, the third not so much, and faceoffs and the powerplay definitely need work. But there’s not much that can be concluded from a game like this, and I’m not at all worried the Habs will play like this next week. I know they can bring the necessary intensity and focus when it really counts.

    I was glad to see Gionta score; it’s been a while. And it’s reassuring that Mike Cammalleri seems to have found the pinpoint accuracy of his shot, which has been missing most of the season.

  37. rogieshan says:

    Unless Price has another team record to beat, then he should get another R& R night off. Dude deserves it.

  38. observer says:

    Washington has NOT clinched #1 seed YET. If Flyers win their next 2 Capitals still need at least a point in their final game to beat out the Flyers who most probably with 2 more wins have the ROW tiebreaker over them.

  39. smiler2729 says:

    So it’s either Boston or Philadelphia… I like those matchups.

    Betcha Carolina gets in and takes out Washington.

    “My second favourite team is whoever plays the Leafs”

  40. skoalbandit says:

    rest hammer, gomer, gill, price.
    the teams above ultimatley decide the breakdown

  41. Exit716 says:

    I agree with Boone, the Bruins fan club on the Boston Broadcasting Corporation…err I mean Hockey Night in Toronto basically said the series against Boston is a foregone conclusion. Boston has better goaltending, defense, forwards etc…etc…
    When the inevitable happens and the Bruins are eliminated by the Habs, I can’t wait to see the looks on the faces of Mushmouth Stock, Milbury and Cherry.

    • observer says:

      bruins series a forgone conclusion? that is what happens when high schooled educated jocks are allowed to be commentators. either buf or mont can finish 6th. any of pitts, phil, bost can finish 2nd or 3rd. in fact even washington can still finish #2.

    • The Juice says:

      I hope they are right. Habs will smoke Boston like they do almost every playoffs and like they did during the regular season.

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  42. HabFanSince72 says:

    Should Price be rested in Toronto?

    Rested? No. Our next game will be on Thursday.

    Not played to avoid injury? Maybe.

  43. dicktracy says:

    Yes rest Price. And remember now his words in September and ‘chill’. Who cares about tonight or Saturday.

    The season starts next week.


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