Game Day: Winnipeg Jets Vs. Montreal Canadiens

Winnipeg Jets Vs. Montreal Canadiens

Bell Centre, 2 PM EST

Montreal, Quebec

All you have to do is look at the Eastern conference standings.  How about looking at the league standings?  Or maybe you should realize that the Montreal Canadiens haven't won a game since the all-star break.  Scott Gomez hasn't scored a goal in offically a year.  The Habs only have 47 points which means that they are the fourth worst team in the league.  And finally with only 30 games remaining they are thirteen points out of a playoff spot.  After losing yesterday, all Randy Cunneyworth could say was that at least the effort was there.  If that's the effort we will see every night, then maybe the organization might end up getting the first overall pick in the entry draft.  At least that would mean that something good came out of this season.

Well, there is a game to be played today.  The Winnipeg Jets come into the Bell Centre only six points out of a playoff spot.  This is their final game of a six game road trip and with a win the trip can be considered a success with a even record.  Ondrej Pavelec should get the start after Chris Mason won the team's last outing.  Blake Wheeler has finally began to fulfill some of his potential but the team will still be without Evander Kane who is battling a concussion.  

Carey Price will get the start.  Peter Budaj recored the loss to the Washington Capitals Saturday but could not be faulted.  The rest of the Habs lineup shouldn't change.  Andrei Kostitsyn started the game getting double shifted but couldn't make the same impression he has in the past couple of outings.  Hal Gill has become the team's seventh defenseman only playing eight minutes a game.  It might be better to sit him and dress another forward.  The season is close to being over but maybe Cunneyworth should just role with playing his best players most of the time.  

Saturday morning I realized that if the team loses both games before the Superbowl their chances for doing anything this year are finished.  I didn't realize that they might even end up in last place.  If that is going to happen, I hope the brass cleans house in respect to management before the trade deadline.  We can not have Pierre Gauthier as a lame duck general manager making decisions at the deadline.  

It's sad when every single game is over shadowed by what is happening with the coach or general manager or with trades.  But unfortunately it has become that kind of a year.  It has become a circus.

Shahab Khan the Schoolboy