The Florida Panthers can expect some support from Montreal tonight.

As it stands, the Canadiens trail New Jersey by seven points for the eighth and final playoff spot in the east. That can all change tonight as the Devils and Panthers square off in New Jersey.

The Canadiens can’t afford to just sit back and wait for other teams to help them out, however. They have to go out and take care of their own business, much like they did in their 7-3 drubbing of Winnipeg on Wednesday.

Despite the Habs’ poor overall record, there is room for optimism. The seven goals scored last game was a team high on the season. That mark eclipsed their six goal effort against the Senators in Ottawa. Both offensive outbursts have come under the guidance of Randy Cunneyworth. The Habs coach has adopted a more aggressive fore-check. The players are saying the new message is play to win instead of playing not to lose.

The Habs will host the Tampa Bay Lightning tomorrow night. It should be interesting to see if they can duplicate their effort from their last game. It should be noted that after beating the Senators 6-2 just ten days ago, the Habs lost their next game vs. Tampa.

Randy Cunneyworth is hoping history won’t repeat itself. Many members of the Lightning are from La Bell Province and will come to play in front of their family and friends, and Cunneyworth is well aware of it. He pushed the pace at practice today to ensure that his team is ready to go as well. He has told his players to stay hungry.


  1. JoelLeafs says:

    Lol, hate to get in the middle of this funny little spat, but you seriously got you English friends from Toronto to read a specific person's forum posts? Furthermore, if you were to do that you should show them LN91's diatribes, that is the truly funny part o this site.

    Again, sorry to get into it, but a few post above you said that you believe him to be a generational talent based on the Chelios comparisons. Seriously, a comparison make him a generational talent? L. Schenn was often compared to Adam foot, does that make him as good as Adam Foote?


  2. JoelLeafs says:

    Meh, call it leaf bias, but I'd take Kessel before Giroux in a fantasy draft. He's done about the same as Giroux with much less.

    On the Subban issue, yes he is good, very flashy and all, but not consistent and can be pretty sloppy defensively (which is, ya know, bad for a defenceman). I'd love to have P.K. on my team, but he's no generational talent, at least not yet (I think he could go either way at this point). Goals by the D are all fine and great, but I'd rather invest in a stay at home hitting D-man than a flashy shooter and rely on my forwards to do the scoring.

    Habs should keep Pleks, Price, Subs, maybe Weber and Eller, and sell sell sell. The only problem is that the majority of what they have to sell no one wants.

    J'pence que Montreal est fourer pour un long temps.

  3. JoelLeafs says:

    Ha ha ha, I had to read that a few times to see if I could detect sarcasm. Hahaha, I don't see how they could get a single 1st for what they have to sell.

    Kostitsyn is the only one that might fetch close to a 1st, and that is pretty unlikely. Cammy? No on wants that contract for a seemingly ever declining player. Gill? HA HA AHA HA HA HA HA AH AH A. I'd send a low 2nd at the very most for the jolly giant, and he's a player I really like.

    Subs would bring in a first, Price would bring in a first +, and Pleks might as well, everyone else?: no chance.. well, unless someone lets Sutter make trades again. #ThanksCalgary

  4. leafmeister says:

    Ever notice how when Lafleur says 'typical Leafs fan' he is describing himself, shockingly well I might add, if he were a Leafs fan?

    But in all seriousness, the dude needs to post more, everything from his sentence structure, to his outrageous claims are absolutely hilarious.

  5. JoelLeafs says:

    I like the gigantic bock paragraphs.

    I usually don't mind Lafleur, it's just when he tells us what we're suppose to think as leafs fans that I get annoyed.

    Interesting observation, BTW. How things would be different if he only had English speaking parents…

  6. Steven_Leafs says:

    I love instigating him. It is so much fun.

  7. reinjosh says:

    What the hell do you think a UFA is going to cost? That's a better package than Kovy got in my opinion and its certainly better than Hossa. If New Jersey keeps the "no talks" with Parise going they might lose him for nothing. 

    Getting a future top Powerplay PMD in Voynov (whose actually been great this year in his first year) plus a potential Brodeur replacement in Bernier is pretty damn good in my opinion. Plus a third line center to play behind Zajac and Henrique? It's a pretty good deal for a guy that is looking like he's going to leave

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