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Must win game? I can't help but think it is, seeing as how we're battling them for a playoff spot. But they're the Penguins and as much as they've been struggling this year, I think they still deserve some respect. If Carey doesn't get the start then you've got to think the powers that be have written the game off. I'm not saying we can't win the game with Niemi between the pipes but it certainly makes the job a lot harder.

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The Canadiens rank 12th in the NHL in offence, scoring an average of 3.05 goals per game, and rank 13th on defence, allowing an average of 2.89. They rank 30th on the power play (12.6 per cent), 14th in penalty-killing (80.3 per cent) and 25th in faceoffs (48.4 per cent).

The Canadiens didn’t have a morning skate on Saturday and coach Claude Julien was scheduled to meet with the media at 4:30 p.m. at the Bell Centre to announce any lineup changes and whether Carey Price will start again in goal 

The Penguins rank fifth in the NHL in offence, scoring an average of 3.44 goals per game, and 19th in defence, allowing an average of 3.11. They rank sixth on the power play (25.0 per cent), 20th in penalty-killing (79.8 per cent) and 17th in faceoffs (50.0 per cent).

Sidney Crosby leads the Penguins in scoring with 28-51-79 totals, followed by Evgeni Malkin (20-45-65), Phil Kessel (21-43-64), Jake Guentzel (29-27-56) and Kris Letang (15-38-53).

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32 minutes ago, Habberwacky said:

Oil up 4-0 on Blue Jackets. If the Oil can hold and we can wing that will help a great deal

Yup. People forget the Isles and Caps are also only 4 points up on us. Our division top 3 appears to be out of reach, but we're in a battle with 5 teams in the other division and those teams play each other several times. So we really control our own fate, despite our difficult schedule to end the year. The ideal for us would be to finish in the top wild card position and cross over to face the Metro division winner. If we can get into a group with say the Isles, Canes, and Pens/Blue Jackets for example, those are all teams we are capable of beating.

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We will find out at 4:30 when Claude Julien meets media at the Bell Centre if Carey Price starts again tonight for #Habs vs. Penguins. I have a feeling he will. In his last 8 games at Bell Centre, Price is 7-1-0 with a 1.74 GAA and a .941 save percentage.

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1 hour ago, BigTed3 said:

Our division top 3 appears to be out of reach

Im not even sure thats true though.  We're only 5 points behind the leafs and 8 points back of the bruins.  Failing a collosal implosing by the lighting, they are indeed getting 1st but with 17 games and a possible 34 points left to be had, we can still catch the Bs or the Laughs.  Wont be easy but if they aim for that, then making a WC spot at worst is a definite possibility. 

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3 minutes ago, H_T_L said:

Me too on the good news part. Not looking forward to those late games this week. Not  sure I can handle that much  loss of sleep.:lol:

What a surprise. Not. :P

 

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Just now, HARBORSPORT said:

any predictions on the final score ?

which one of the good guys will score first ?

will Mete find twine ?

Questions, questions, questions,,,,,,, oh, my head. :unsure::wacko:

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