Mayberry’s Aunt Bea, along with Andy, Opie, Barney, the sizzling Thelma Lou, perhaps even Floyd the barber will be cheering on the Hurricanes tonight.
In my mind I’m goin’ to Carolina
Can’t you see the sunshine
Can’t you just feel the moonshine
Ain’t it just like a friend of mine
It hit me from behind
Yes I’m gone to Carolina in my mind
– Carolina In My Mind, by James Taylor, 1968
How big is tonight’s Canadiens game against the Carolina Hurricanes? So big that all of Mayberry is bypassing the big social up in Mount Pilot to go tailgating in Raleigh. So big… well, you make up your own scenarios.
But it’s all terribly simple: if the Canadiens take the summer-bound ‘Canes into overtime, the Habs are in the playoffs. If they don’t, their fate could come down to Saturday’s season finale at home against the nothing-to-lose Toronto Maple Leafs (though a whole lot of implausible stuff must also happen between now and Sunday to make another final-weekend Habs playoff elimination nightmare complete).
More to come today at Habs Inside/Out as we set this one up.