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Habs this week – February 8, 2010

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL - Only three games stand between the Canadiens and the long-awaited Olympic break next week. While a handful of Habs will head off to Vancouver to don their country’s colors, the rest of the guys will take advantage of some much-needed R & R to heal up for the final stretch of the season. Before they do, they’ll be facing off against the Capitals and finishing off with a big home-and-away series with the Flyers, who are nipping at the Habs’ heels in the playoff race.

Canadiens vs. Capitals – Wednesday, February 10 @ 7:30 p.m.

A formidable foe hits the ice at the Bell Centre this Wednesday. The red-hot Capitals will be looking to add another W to the books and get that much closer to breaking the Penguins’ 1992-93 record for 17-straight wins. Bruce Boudreau’s crew narrowly missed having their streak snapped in a 5-4 overtime win over the Penguins on Sunday night, bringing their total to 14-straight.

Wednesday’s game marks the fourth and final meeting between the Caps and Habs this season. The Canadiens came out on the winning end of the last match-up against Alex Ovechkin and Co. Defense will be the story of the game for Montreal, who will need to put the breaks on Washington’s explosive snipers who have racked up 4.9 goals per game on average in their last 10 outings.

Canadiens @ Flyers – Friday, February 12 @ 6:00 p.m.

With the fight for a berth in the postseason tighter than ever, back to back games against one of the Habs’ closest rivals could catapult the winning team into a much more comfortable spot heading into the Olympic break. Philly is currently in eighth in the conference with 59 points and four games in hand over the Canadiens, whose 62 points are good enough for sixth in the East.

Friday’s game in the City of Brotherly Love marks the second meeting between the two teams this year. The Habs came out of the first tilt with a 3-2 win thanks to goals from Michael Cammalleri, Andrei Kostitsyn and Marc-Andre Bergeron, who are all currently on the shelf nursing injuries.

Canadiens vs Flyers – Saturday, February 13 @ 7:00 p.m.

Exactly 25 hours after the puck drops in Philadelphia, the teams hit the road for Montreal for the rematch, marking the only time the Habs will play back-to-back games against the same team this season.

When the Flyers come to town, Montreal fans will have a second chance to welcome back homegrown sniper Daniel Briere. Posting four points in his last 10 games, Briere has racked up just 35 points in 49 outings this season. Despite the growing lineup in the Canadiens’ clinic these days, leading scorer Tomas Plekanec and his 58 points will be in the lineup to take on the Flyers.

Vincent Cauchy is a writer for Translated by Shauna Denis.

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