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Habs this week - Jan. 31, 2011

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
Up for the Habs this week: Following the All-Star break it’s back to business for Jacques Martin and the Canadiens who enter the playoff race in seventh seed, only four points back of the third place Boston Bruins. 

Canadiens @ Capitals – Tuesday, February 1 @ 7:30

After taking advantage of a much needed break over the All-Star weekend, the Habs will find themselves back in action Tuesday night to take on the Washington Capitals.

Mere hours after being weekend teammates in Carolina, Alexander Ovechkin and Carey Price will face off as opposing members of two Eastern Conference teams that remain close in the standings, with Montreal (7th) sitting only four points behind Washington (5th).

The Habs will be out for revenge after dropping their last contest against the Caps on Dec. 26 in which Semyon Varlamov enjoyed a perfect game, stopping all 25 shots to shutout Montreal 3-0.

Canadiens vs. Panthers – Wednesday, February 2 @ 7:30 PM

The Canadiens return to the Bell Centre Wednesday night for their first post all-star home-game against the Florida Panthers. The Habs will be looking to tip the season series in their favour after splitting the year’s first two games with the Panthers.

Currently sitting 10 points behind the Canadiens and eight points behind the eighth seeded Atlanta Thrashers, look for the Panthers to start their playoff push in the month of February.

James Wisniewski will be gunning for another big game against the Florida squad after racking up three points, including the game-winning goal in a New Year’s Eve showdown that saw Alex Auld between the pipes for one of his three wins of the season.

Canadiens vs. Rangers – Saturday, February 5 @ 2:00 PM

The Canadiens will look to maintain their perfect record against the Rangers on Saturday night after posting wins in both the clubs’ 2010-11 meetings. The teams squared off twice in the same week during the month of January, with Jacques Martin’s troops edging the Rangers in both games with 2-1 and 3-2 victories.

While the vast majority of the Canadiens have only played two games against the New York club this season, James Wisniewski already had four under his belt before even coming to Montreal. Saturday’s game will mark the seventh time this season he’ll faceoff against the Rangers, having registered six assists over the span of those games.

Canadiens vs. Devils – Sunday, February 6 @ 3:00

With Superbowl XLV looming only a few hours away, the Devils roll into the Bell Centre Sunday afternoon to take on the Canadiens. The Habs will cap off their annual family weekend with their second afternoon game in as many days.

While they may still reside in the NHL’s basement, the Devils will look to make things tough on the Habs after picking up their play over the month of January. After an extremely rocky start to the season, Martin Brodeur the rest of the New Jersey squad enjoyed wins in four of their last five games leading up to the All-Star Game.

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