Here’s how Habs can clinch spot tonight

Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak, on Monday named the NHL’s first star of the past week, hasn’t allowed a goal in 144:01 heading into tonight’s game on Long Island vs. the New York Islanders.
John Mahoney, Gazette

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Courtesy of two friends at the National Hockey League: Benny Ercolani, statistician and information officer; and Greg Inglis, senior director, news services. Our thanks to them for crunching the numbers (probably under a steamroller, finally):

If the Canadiens defeat the New York Islanders Tuesday night, they would clinch a playoff berth if either of the following happened:



• Either the New York Rangers or Philadelphia Flyers lose in regulation (to the Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs, respectively) on Tuesday;

• Or both the Rangers and Flyers earn one point (i.e., overtime or shootout loss) in their games.

• If the Canadiens earn one point Tuesday night (i.e., overtime or shootout loss), they would still clinch a playoff berth if both the Rangers and Flyers lose in regulation.

The Canadiens will not clinch a playoff berth under any circumstance if they lose in regulation. Nor will the Boston Bruins or Atlanta Thrashers be involved in the Canadiens’ clinching scenario in any way. 

146 Comments

  1. nunacanadien says:

    Price not starting?  What has the last 3 years been then, ok last 2 and half years, where Price started dismal record, bad enough for Gainey to clean house.  I guess Price has always been and always will be a backup goalie, just like any other rookie goalie Gainey has destroyed, Price wouldn’t be the first nor the last.

  2. nunacanadien says:

    Price not starting?  What has the last 3 years been then, ok last 2 and half years, where Price started dismal record, bad enough for Gainey to clean house.  I guess Price has always been and always will be a backup goalie, just like any other rookie goalie Gainey has destroyed, Price wouldn’t be the first nor the last.

  3. joeybarrie says:

    Perpetual backup as a 22 year old player? He hasn’t even started his career. Complete nonsense. The rest of the post makes no sense, to no ones suprise, either. Only an idiot would trade him. Why in the world would anyone be able to know if a young goalie can make it in Montreal at 22?  And do you really think gainey used Price’s performances to clear house? Wouldnt that say the goalie did well, and the players didn’t??? Well i guess that’s exactly what happened and exactly what he did. THANK GOD.

    Higgins, 17 points and -9

    Tanguay 35 points and -2     His replacement, Gionta, has .73 PPG

    Kovalev 48 points and -7  almost as bad as his 06-07 season. His replacement, Gomez,  has .75 PPG

    Lang 29 points and -4

    D’Agostini 4 points and -14

    Komisarek 4 points and -9 and has been injured since Lucic smashed him up

    Dandenault ??????

    And we picked up 3 guys who are on pace to score 35 goals on an 82 game season.

    Most importantly we picked up players who can still win games, and make the playoffs even though we have had our top two lines and our top 2 defence missing 116 games. Thats your BEST PLAYERS all missing at least 20% of the season. Especially when your top player is missing almost HALF the season.

     

     

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  4. ab-hab-nut says:

    That is some piece or art!

  5. punkster says:

    People need a soapbox Tommy. Big signings or trades give some posters what they believe is validation in their beliefs. Those beliefs include “the big centre”, “the big defenceman”, “the enforcer” or “the smart GM”. So which of these 4 must-haves did the Rangers, Flyers and Bruins not have?

  6. pic1983 says:

    I just bitched about getting gomez.  Slats was a real idiot for taking gainey to the cleaners only to spend all his recently freed up cap space on one player who has a bad history for injuries.  As good as one player can be individually, you still need a whole team to win consistently. 

  7. Bugs says:

    ANYTHING that makes you consider becoming a leafs fan means you were never one of us to begin with, 25 years or not, so what do I care what you think of our resident rat? (who’s doin a fine job gettin on the opposition’s nerves, far as I’m concerned, not to mention the occasional beautiful play (like Pyatt’s goal fer instance)).

    So give my regards to your best friends in Toranna, Somer, and rest assured that your intolerance won’t be missed.

    Thanks.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  8. TommyB says:

    Well, mission accomplished.

  9. TommyB says:

    You know what’s funny?  For the last 3 Octobers posters here have been hailing and praising the signings and acquisitions of the Rangers, the Flyers, and the Bruins.  Each fall posters come on here and tell us how great these teams are going to be, and how poor the Habs are going to be.  How have they made out?  No better than the Habs, and in some cases, a lot worse.

  10. jimmy shaker says:

    It’s the hit on Tucker!  Ahhhhhh, man that makes me happy……I wish we still had kovy and i’m happy we don’t……..I think that PG is going to pick him up at the deadline next year and bring him back for the playoffs, now that’s a story.

    Thanks for diggin it out!

    Shaker

  11. Storm Man says:

    I think you need to cheer for the team not the name on the back of the jersey. Scotty Bowman came out and said DON’T TRADE PRICE, with all the rings on his fingers he has the credibility, He knows hockey talent alot more then you ever will. I hope you enjoy the game tonight.

  12. TomNickle says:

    I’m in a rural area without highspeed.  Please give me a summary of the video.

  13. TomNickle says:

    That really was a pathetic attempt at starting an argument.  I’m sure somebody will bite though.  You’re an idiot.


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