What are we in store for tomorrow night? What are we in store for tomorrow night?
The Habs tackle a formidable opponent Tuesday night with the Vancouver Cunucks in town starting a two game eastern visit. While the Blue, Blanc, Rouge sit atop the north-east division and 3rd overall in the eastern conference, the month of November has not been the start they wanted.
With a 1-3 start to the month, the Habs have to step up play when tackling the Mighty power house of Vancouver. The Canadiens will not be able to trade fire power with their opponents this Tuesday night and it will be the first true challenge of the Canadiens this season. The only way to beat them is to control the game mentally and take advantage of their power play opportunities. We’ll start with a breakdown of the Cunucks offence, defense and net-minding:
The Cunucks offensive fire power consist of 6 forwards that have been on fire of late, first off the Sedin twins are the most dangerous on the line up including their line mate Alexendre Burrows a Montreal outskirt native of Paincourt who will be in the line up in front of family and friends on his rare comeback, we all know that there will be money on the board for that. Next are Malhotra, Kesler and Torres, these three big forwards have been playing some of their best hockey and the bump and grind style from them including Burrows, will definitely be the game plan in the coaches playbook.
The Cunucks defensive pairings are nothing to shy away from; these are some of the best OFD and DFD that any team would dream to have on their blue line. To start we have to get passed Bieksa, Ballard, Edler, Salo, Ehrhoff, and Hamhuis. This is just six of their top D-man, then you hav Parent, Rome, and Alberts that can easily fill in and bottom four, five and six role.
What more needs to be said, Luongo! Although he has been having a mediocre season, we must keep in mind that he will definitely have money on the bored and a belly of his Mother’s homemade pasta. He’s home and always performs like a true Quebecer at home. He will be very hard to beat on his home soil.
What is needed to win?
The answer is easy; we will not be able to beat them with strength, or skill. We need to beat them with our brains. Don’t take stupid penalties, Take advantage of the numerous power play’s you will be given. Don’t rush the shot on the power play, Michel Bergeron this weekend brought up a very good point, they are not thinking on the power play, they are rushing the shot. The only stable section of our play is our goaltending which everybody thought of being the most unstable at the beginning of the year. To succeed you need to hit at the right time and break out of the zone at the right time. Play a road game at home, let them make mistakes and take advantage of them.
The key factor will be the Power Play; my prediction is this will be the game that will unblock the transcending power play. Allow Subban to create something, bring Georges back with gill on the PK and let Picard play with Subban give Hamerlik or Spacek a break from hockey. It will be a hard hitting game and we need the biggest bodies we can get in our zone.
My prediction is a 3-2 victory in OT/SO for our Glorieux, but only if they play smart.
As usual let me know your predictions and/or thoughts and Keep Your Stick on the Ice!