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Habs this week - April 4, 2011

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL -- After 79 regular season matchups all that stands between the Canadiens and the NHL’s second season is one week and three games. The Habs will kick things off with a rare visit from the Blackhawks before wrapping up the year on the road with trips to face the Senators and the Maple Leafs.

Canadiens vs. Blackhawks – Tuesday, April 5 @ 7:30PM

The Habs will start their week off by hosting the only team in the NHL they have yet to meet in 2010-11 when the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks roll through town.

On the surface it would seem that some intensity could be lacking in a game between two clubs that rarely ever meet, but the reality is that the Blackhawks are fighting for their lives, clinging to the eighth and final playoff spot in the West, while the Habs can clinch a run at the cup with a win Tuesday night.

Canadiens @ Senators – Thursday, April 7 @ 7:00PM

Before rounding out their season in Toronto on Saturday, the Habs will be making a stop in Ottawa to play their sixth and final game of the year against the Senators. Jacques Martin’s troops will to looking to add another two points to their record at the hands of one of the lowest ranked teams of 2010-11. The Sens currently sit 14th in the Eastern Conference with a total of 70 points. 

This season, the Canadiens have managed to put together a record of four wins and only a single loss against their Ontario rivals, turning in a dominant performance in the clubs’ last encounter in which they lit up the Sens by a score of 7-1. Center Tomas Plekanec had the most notable evening for Monteal, adding three points to his season stats.

Canadiens @ Maple Leafs – Saturday, April 9 @ 7:00PM

The Habs’ will finish off their 2010-11 season the same way they started it, with a visit to the Air Canada Centre to face the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Saturday night’s game will mark the fourth time in the past five seasons that this particular Original Six matchup has ended off the Habs’ season, with the most notable coming in 2009-10 when the Canadiens grabbed the single point they needed to make the playoffs in an overtime loss to the Leafs. The rest is history.

Vincent Cauchy is a writer for Translated by Justin Fragapane.

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