The Gazette’s Pat Hickey writes that the Canadiens and New York Islanders have written much the same script this season. At the start of the campaign, many experts predicted they would finish out of the playoffs, well back in 14th or 15th place in the Eastern conference.
After 20 games, the Canadiens sit fourth in the East with 25 points and the Islanders are in sixth place, only three points behind Montreal.
"I don’t think they liked being picked where they were," head coach Guy Carbonneau said. "I know I didn’t like it and I wanted to prove you guys wrong, and they’re no different than we are. Every hockey player has a lot of pride. They saw that and I’m sure they approach every game with the idea of proving people wrong."
Read Hickey’s article here.