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Habs this week - March 21, 2011

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL – Up for the Habs this week: three Eastern Conference matchups with games against the Sabres, Bruins and Caps.

Canadiens vs. Sabres – Tuesday, March 21 @ 7:30 P.M.

The Habs get ready to wrap up their season series against the Buffalo Sabres with a tilt at the Bell Centre. With four out of the five games played between the teams in 2010-11 being decided by a single goal, Montreal fans can look forward to a tightly disputed matchup Tuesday night.

The Sabres, still clinging to the eighth and final playoff spot in the East, will try to bounce back from an overtime shocker against the Predators that saw them surrender two goals in 65 seconds in the game’s final minutes before going on to lose in extra time. Despite the Sabres recent strong play, Ryan Miller has allowed at least three goals in six of his last eight games – a fact the Habs will be looking to capitalize on when the puck drops at 7:30pm

Highlights Canadiens - Bruins
After an 8-1 romp over the Minnesota Wild, the Canadiens will be gunning to stay hot on the heels of a slumping Bruins squad with a win at home. Having enjoyed a rare night’s rest in St. Paul, Carey Price should be fresh and ready to step back into the crease for Montreal.

Canadiens @ Boston – Thursday, March 24 @ 7:00 P.M.

The Habs’ last game of the season against the Bruins stands to be the most important one left on their regular season calendar. With the brutal events of the clubs’ last two meetings having made news around the League, many are predicting a tamer game for their final tilt of the year.

There will be a lot on the line for both clubs’ come Thursday night as the two points at stake could very well mean the difference between third and sixth position in the Eastern Conference standings. While the Bruins may be tempted to play a hard, physical game, they’ll also need to make sure they do their best to stay out of the box with the Canadiens posting a 39% success rate with the man advantage over them this year.

Canadiens vs. Capitals – Saturday, March 26 @ 7:00 P.M.

Saturday night will see the Capitals visit the Canadiens at the Bell Centre for the second time in as many weeks. Currently riding a hot streak that’s seen them walk away with 10 wins in their last 11 games, the Caps are sitting comfortably in second place in the Eastern Conference with 94 points. The Caps tilt against the Habs will mark their second of two back-to-back games, as they’ll also be making a stop in Ottawa Friday night to face the Sens.

Captain Alexandre Ovechkin is expected to miss the Capitals first game of the week against the Flyers as he gets some rest to prepare for the playoffs. With 77 points in 70 games, the Caps top-scorer will make the most of his short break before heading to Ottawa and Montreal. Ovechkin has been held to one goal and one assist in three games against the Canadiens this season.

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