Tuesday, Feb 22, 2011, 7:00 PM PST
Enemy Blog: Habs Eyes On The Prize
City Pro: Curious what that old GM is up to? He did trade us Bryan Smolinski for a conditional second rounder ya know.
City Con: Two words - Arcade Fire. You owe us all an apology and a lap dance.
I'm barely awake and questionably vertical, so I am thrilled to leech off someone else to start the night's rallying cry:
The Vancouver Canucks haven’t lost in regulation at home to an Eastern Conference opponent all season while the Montreal Canadiens haven’t earned a point on the road against a team from the West.
Losers of three straight, the Habs have been outscored 11-3 in that streak and enter a hostile Rogers Arena where no one scores more goals at home; Montreal, on the other hand, tops only the Devils at scoring the least on the road. Carey Price - phenomenal against Vancouver earlier this season - probably wants no part of this again; meanwhile that Luongo fella is 11-0-3 in his last 14 starts at home.
Of course the missing element is one we're thrilled to have back: a happy and healthy Hamhuis and Ballard (probable pairings: Hamhuis-Salo/ Ballard-Ehrhoff/ Rome-Tanev). Less Moose, more Canuck is a good thing. A defense worthy of being a part of the best team in the league. Up front some casual accolades should be pimped out for our often-maligned third line who has collectively chipped in seven points in the last six games. This is what happens when you angry Mad Money people.
Montreal also has defensive injury problems, so they'll roll with Gill-Subban/Hamrlik-Wisniewski/Mara-Weber. Scott Gomez will look to add his 500th career assist tonight (which would make him only the 16th American-born player to do so), at which point Glen Sather will immediately offer him $9 million a season. Montreal is trying to catch Boston and keep the Rangers off their ass, so expect a good game. They don't want to head home pointless in three western matches.
President Lindberg: There's a ball of fire, 1,200 miles in diameter heading straight for Earth and we have no idea how to stop it. That's the problem.
Korben Dallas: How much time do we have?
Scientist's aide: If its speed remains constant, an hour and fifty-seven minutes.
Korben Dallas: I'll call you back in two hours. [hangs up]- The Fifth Element