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Habs this week – Jan. 25, 2010

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL - Coming off two big wins last Friday and Saturday night, the Canadiens are heating up as the playoff race grows tighter than ever. This week, the Habs look to make up even more ground in the conference, facing off against a few other playoff hopefuls from the East.

Canadiens @ Panthers – Tuesday, January 26 @ 7:30 p.m. 

The Canadiens and Panthers meet up for the third time this season on Tuesday night. In the first two games of the series, the Habs have come out on top, dropping Jacques Martin’s former team 5-4 and 2-0. It will also be the second time this year that the two teams will face off in the Sunshine State.  

While the rest of the team will enjoy some time in the Florida sun, the extra heat won’t be necessary for Benoit Pouliot who has been on fire of late. In each of the games against the Panthers, the Alfred, ON native has found the back of the net, including the Habs’ last goal of 2009, beating Tomas Vokoun for the game-winner on December 31.

Canadiens @ Lightning – Wednesday, January 27 @ 7:00 p.m.
The Habs will play on back-to-back nights for the 11th time of 2009-10 this week by taking on the Panthers and Lightning in Florida. The last time the Habs and Bolts faced each other, Tomas Plekanec ended things in dramatic fashion by scoring in overtime.
There will once again be no shortage of Canadiens in the crowd as snow birds will surely be migrating their way to the St. Pete Times Forum to see their Habs. The usual suspects will have to be watched closely as Vincent Lecavalier has come on of late with 13 points already this month and the always dangerous and sneaky Martin St. Louis has 20 points in his last 17 games.
Canadiens @ Senators – Saturday. January 30 @ 2:00 p.m.
After making a surprise return to the Sens lineup the last time these two teams met – and racking up three points to lead his team over the Habs – Daniel Alfredsson has literally been the Human Torch for Ottawa. While there is no word on whether he was denied a bank loan or not, the Senators’ captain does have nine points in his last five games.
Aflie isn’t the only Senator on a mission these days, with head coach Cory Clouston’s crew currently riding a six-game winning streak that has vaulted Ottawa into the playoff mix in the Eastern Conference.

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