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Habs this week - March 14, 2011

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL – Four big games on the Habs’ menu this week as they’ll gun to improve their playoff position by taking on three Eastern Conference teams before capping it all off with a visit to the Minnesota Wild.

Canadiens vs. Capitals – Tuesday, Mar. 15 @ 7:00pm

With only a few weeks left until the start of the playoffs, the Habs kick off their obstacle-course of a week by trying to snatch two points away from the visiting Washington Capitals. Bruce Boudreau’s squad has been red hot in the final stretch of the season and will roll into Montreal riding an eight game winning streak that’s been enough to elevate them to second place in the Eastern Conference.

After hosting the teams’ first two meetings of the season, Alexander Ovechkin and the Caps’ make their first appearance at the Bell Centre in 2010-11 on Tuesday night. The clubs have split their season series to date at one game apiece, with the Habs claiming victory in the latest matchup thanks to a powerhouse performance from captain Brian Gionta.

Canadiens vs. Lightning – Thursday, Mar. 17 @ 7:30pm

Locked in a battle for fifth place in the Eastern Conference, the Canadiens stand to make up some ground against Tampa Bay when Guy Boucher and the Lightning visit the Bell Centre on Thursday night. Laying claim to only two victories over their last seven outings, the Lightning’s recent record is a sharp contrast to that of the Canadiens who have notched six wins in the same number of games. 

Canadiens @ Rangers – Friday, Mar. 18 @ 7:00pm

The Habs will look to be another thorn in the Rangers’ side when they visit Madison Square Garden on Friday to face a New York team currently clinging to the eighth and final playoff spot.

The Canadiens will get a shot at sweeping their season series with the Rangers after walking away with wins in each of the clubs’ three encounters in 2010-11. Count on the Blueshirts to be keeping a weary eye on Tomas Plekanec who’s potted two goals and added an assist over his last three games. After starting the year as an Islander and joining the Habs midway through the season, James Wisniewski will be suiting up for his seventh game against the Rangers squad this year. Good news for the Habs seeing as the Wiz is averaging a point per game against the New York squad.

Canadiens @ Wild – Sunday, Mar. 20 @7:00pm

Back in action since Mar. 8, Guillaume Latendresse will help the Wild host his former team as the Canadiens prepare for a rare Sunday game in St. Paul. The Habs will also be getting the chance to visit with another ex-Canadien as goaltender Jose Theodore is now also a member of the Minnesota team.

Vincent Cauchy is a writer for Translated by Justin Fragapane.

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