Saturday, March 15, 2008

A must win

The Canadiens face off tonight against the New York Islanders in what, like every game in the last two months, could be the most important game of the season. Only 3 point separates 1st and fifth place in the East (with Carolina weaseling their way to third thanks to technicalities), and the Habs can potentially reclaim 1st place with a win tonight.

The Habs lost their hold of first place in both the conference and the division with a loss to Ottawa on Thursday. The Sens, who lead the Northeast division thanks to their higher win total, have the night off tonight and play the Hurricanes tomorrow.

The Habs have really juggled the lineup tonight in order to shake off the horrific loss on Thursday. Jaroslav Halak, who has started just one game this season but holds a 7-0 record at the Bell Center, will get the start tonight. Chris Higgins will play alongside Mikhail Grabovski and Sergei Kostitsyn, while Saku Koivu will center a line with Guillaume Latendresse and Michael Ryder.

The last time these two teams faced off was on Superbowl weekend, where the Habs won the game convincingly 4-1.

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