Morning After – Clinchitey Clinch Clinch

For the first time in THREE years, we Habs fans did not need to wait to the bitter end to confirm our participation in the post-season.

Not to brag or anything, but I just happen to be wearing my PK Subban t-shirt last night. I rarely wear Habs clothing when watching the game at home, but it was lying around and I need to change out of my work clothes. I'm not saying I was the reason that PK scored the OT winner, but you know... there's no such thing as a coincidence :)

Better than seen the PK/Price chest bump was seen Mike Cammalleri score a vintage Mike Cammalleri goal – high slot wrister (I believe the shot was deflected in, but regardless, that goal was a goal scorers goal).

Can I talk about the Leafs for a moment? I know I'm not supposed to say this, but I feel bad for them. They were officially eliminated last night and a part of me was secretly hopping they would successfully claw their way into 8th place this year. For the first time since...well I think ever... I saw a Leafs team that looks like they care about success.

Back to the Habs: Last night it looked as though the Habs were getting back to the team that won 5 in a row over a month ago.

What now though? Does it matter who we play in the post-season? Should the Habs rest Price for the next two games? What about others? With the playoffs confirmed, should Martin use this as an opportunity to give ailing guys a week or so to heal up.

I think I may have the unpopular stance here, but I say rest them up. Either way, we play Philly, Boston or Washington. Of all three, the Caps are my least favorite match-up, but we can't predict who will finish where at the top or at the bottom, so I say Martin should use this next week to give the sore muscles a break. Call up some bodies from Hamilton, it's not like Ottawa is built to pose any real threat at this point...


George Prax's picture

They definitely need to rest up in my opinion. It's pretty obvious that a lot of guys are playing injured, so call up a couple guys and give some of the vets a much needed rest, while letting the young guys finally get a taste of big minutes - cause you never know why might step up or who might need to play big in the playoffs. Let Subban pad his stats for a potential run at the Calder, give Auld a start, let Pouliot and Desharnais run around and try to get back on the scoreboard... give Gill, Cammalleri, Price, maybe even Gomez a night off on Thursday, but at the same, they need to ice a relatively ready team on Saturday to knock one off before the playoffs.

At the same time don't count the Sens out... they jsut beat the Flyers 5-2 lol

Great win last night. I'm still not thoroughly convinced they'll be OK in the playoffs but it's a step in the right direction, especially considering the team they were facing and the result.

StephD's picture

Good news is that Auld will get the start on Thursday! Love it when a smart decision is made Smile