Playoff Barometer

Ah, Montreal in the springtime. The Habs win 6 in a row, the sun comes out and everyone is suddenly smiling wider than the Cheshire cat in 3D. The weather turns frigid – as does the Habs powerplay – and we whine like there’s no day after tomorrow.

A solitary W in our past 5 games along with cold winds and (feels like) -20C weather and half of us would be lining up to jump off the Jacques Cartier, that is, if it wasn’t so cold out.

 

Well, Canadiens fans, and fans of happiness in general, as March is (fittingly) being ushered out with 4 days of cold, cleansing rain, April will be a-knockin’ come Thursday and bringing with it highs of 17C, 18C, and 23C.

Who needs Vitamin D supplements when we can get the real thing?

By the weekend, Montrealers will be close to rapture from simply soaking in the sunshine and most, if not all, will be pushed over-the-top if the Habs can string together a couple of wins.

One of the best/worst things about this seasonal exuberance is the number of, literally, boisterous fair-weather fans that come out to support the Habs. Back in those dark days of January, with our 4-9 record and dropping mercury levels, optimistic Habs’ fans were an endangered few.

Tank! Was a, if not the, common theme on the message boards.
You don’t hear that so much now.

What you do hear now, however, are questions from Habs’ fans who are just remembering that they’re Habs’ fans.

 

Who’s this Darche guy?

Oh yeah! How’s Latendresse doing after that trade? Is the guy we got in return any good?

Why is Cammalleri looking so rusty?

What’s the new GM’s name?

Have we had many injuries this year?

Dominic Moore?

Can Halak do it?

 

As obsessed fans, we’ve lived the up and down answer to all of these questions. We’ve cringed at every injury, analyzed every facet of Pouliot vs Latendresse, cheered on a hometown Mathieu Darche, questioned Pierre Gautier’s anointment, welcomed a surprisingly productive Dominic Moore, and watched Jaroslav Halak as he’s continued to develop his game and gain confidence as a bona fide starter.

 

As someone who was watching the standings closely way back in October, I tend to answer these questions with a bit of a you-should-know-this-if-you’re-a-real-fan attitude, but really, these are great questions to be answering right now.

This is the time of year when all of Montreal comes out of it’s winter slumber and is unified by cheering on this city’s great tradition of springtime hockey.

 

With 6 games left to play in the regular season, and the playoffs in sight, everyone is talking Habs.

The excitement around the Canadiens, Montreal’s team – our team – will build with every win and every sunny day. This is by far the best time in the year to be a Habs fan.

 

23C and sunny on April 3rd?

Hey – anything can happen.

 

Go Habs Go!


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