The Habs, having won three straight coming into tonight’s contest, will be tackling another difficult opposition. While on paper they may appear to be lacking, the Canes have lost just once in their past five, a streak that Jose Theodore and company will be looking to snap, all the while completing what would be a perfect week for the Habs.
While our boys have looked inconsistent, they have still been able to come out with the two points when it matters most. With the Sabres fading rather quickly, smiling must be creeping across many players faces; but perhaps it is too soon for the Habs to feel assured of a playoff spot. Buffalo has already made up one large deficit, and while we hope they don’t have the courage to once again mount a playoff charge; Buffalo is a strong team who will most likely encounter slumps; but will not fade away.
One player that is ‘fading away’, at least on the scoresheet, is Richard Zednik. The Z-Man is snakebitten, often passing up on oppurtunities he would usually bury. If Arturs Irbe, who started Carolina’s last game, is in the goal tonight, perhaps a puck of the blade of Zednik would get a lucky bounce or two, en route to snapping his dreadful drought.
The puck drops at 7:00 tonight, hopefully that is early enough that it won’t mean bed time for many players on the club. For, if the Habs come out looking disinterested and lazy, we may be in for a long night. Despite their leading scorer, Josef Vasicek, having just 33 points, the Canes will be looking to play a spoiler role, and also have their sights set on taking the season-series, which is currently tied.