Par for the Course
In the 13 games that Andrei Markov has missed, the Habs have gone 3-10 and have been outscored 52-26. This guy is the perfect defenseman for the new NHL. He makes the team tick. They need him back pronto, or they will really be aiming for pars this spring.
According to mc79hockey, Montreal still has a pretty good chance of making the playoffs. Interesting to note that their most likely placement is 6th, which reflects the soft schedule they face for their final 17 games. The 6th seed would be a godsend, given that the 7th and 8th seeds will be facing the Hurricanes and Senators. The 'Canes have owned the Habs this season (see above paragraph). Montreal has played much better against Ottawa, but are still only 2-3-1. Thanks to the new NHL policy of making everyone a winner, the Sens are 4-1-1 vs. the Habs. I'm not sure which is the scarier option:
- facing a team that has blown you out by a combined score of 25-9 in a series of laughers, or
- facing a team against whom you have played about as well as you possibly can, yet who are still walking away with the season series.
Rather than test the Habs resilience against either foe I'd much rather face the New York Rangers or the Flyers of Philadelphia, against whom the Habbies have earned 6 and 7 points respectively out of the possible 8. But first, just make the damn playoffs, boys.
TSN's Down East correspondent Alex J. Walling penned this tribute to Boom Boom Geoffrion and Red Storey.