PHILADELPHIA - The Canadiens' approach to Tuesday night's game against the Flyers is crystal clear.
Every game from here on out is essentially a playoff game, so their focus level must be razor sharp.
"Every game until the end of the year will be super important. We have to treat every one of these games like a Game 7," mentioned Andrew Shaw. "It's always fun to play in these types of games. It should be a playoff atmosphere tonight."
Video: Andrew Shaw on the importance of the game
With a win, the Canadiens could move to within one point of the Columbus Blue Jackets for the final playoff spot. A loss in regulation time, though, would allow the Flyers to move to within one point of the Canadiens.
It's a big contest, to say the least.
"It's a game we have to win. It's as simple as that. We have to bring our best tonight," said head coach Claude Julien. "As a coach, that's all you can ask from your players. You want them to give their best effort possible and hope that it leads to a win. We have to stay positive. We want to end the night with a big smile."
Julien's players recognize that they've done a lot of good things since the start of the year, but they also know that their most important work is in front of them.
"We worked hard all season. We have two or three weeks left and we have to put the pedal to the metal. We don't want to have any regrets," said Jonathan Drouin.
To get back on the winning track, the Canadiens have to find ways to light the lamp. They've scored just six goals in their last six games.
But, they're also coming off a contest that featured a matchup against a supremely hot goaltender.
"I think we played really well last game. Corey Crawford was outstanding. We had many chances to score," stressed Shaw, who has 17 goals and 36 points this season. "We just have to find the back of the net again."
For his part, the veteran bench boss believes his team should be enthusiastic about the chance they have to potentially earn a playoff berth.
"We have to take the stress out of it and just be excited. The players are happy to play a game like this. Many teams are playing games right now that won't give them that opportunity. I'd rather be in the position we're in than the other one, and I think the players agree," explained Julien.
Video: Claude Julien's pre-game press conference @ PHI
Since early October, the Canadiens have done nothing but defy the odds and Julien is extremely proud of their accomplishments thus far.
"We've made a lot of progress and we're trying to make even more progress. Our challenge right now is to play our best hockey during a bit of a tough stretch. It's another learning stage," said Julien. "As a coach, I can tell you that this group was extremely good all year and I really believe in our chances."
The Canadiens will battle the Flyers beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET at the Wells Fargo Center.