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Road to the playoffs

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
BROSSARD -- With three of their last four games of the season taking place on the road, the Habs will be looking for some consistency away from the Bell Centre in a time when they need it most.


After a month of March that saw the Habs play only six of their 15 games at home, they find themselves looking forward to more of the same in April. Following a tough loss to the Hurricanes on Wednesday night, the Canadiens will be looking to bounce back with a fresh start against the Devils in New Jersey.

Pacioretty going through a light workout
“We need a couple of good road efforts. Tomorrow we get a brand new shot at playing better on the road and all the guys are ready for it,” confirmed Carey Price, who, if he gets the nod from head-coach Jacques Martin would start his league-leading 70th game of the season Saturday night. 

“The attitude that we have to have on where we stand in the playoff race is that it's our spot to lose and we have to go into tomorrow night with that mentality. All we need to do here is collect a couple of points and we'll be alright. It's hard not to be fired up and prepared to play at the Bell Centre, we just have to be able to do the same thing on the road.”

As Brian Gionta gets set to face his former team for the fourth time in 2010-11 when the Habs team to New Jersey, the Canadiens’ captain was quick to point out that despite his squad’s recent struggles, the key to turning things around is often communication – something the Habs are in no short supply of.

“We make sure to talk to each other whether we’re in a rough patch or when things are going good for us,” said Gionta. “We’ve got a bunch of guys that are very open with each other and always continue to reflect on the things we’re doing. That’s one of the best things about being part of this team.”

Following his team’s Friday morning skate, the Canadiens’ head-coach informed the media that defenseman Jaroslav Spacek, who also took part in the practice, will soon be looking to make a return to action.

“It was encouraging to have Spacek back practicing with the team. He’ll be making the trip with us and continue to attend practices. We’re hoping that he’ll be ready to get back in the lineup in one of our three games next week,” expressed Martin before going on to discuss the Habs’ final four games of the regular season.

“Every last one of these games is going to be difficult. The Islanders just beat the rangers, the Thrashers just beat the Flyers. Every game is a battle at this point,” finished Martin. “The important thing is that we’re in sixth place in the conference and we’re holding our own destiny in our hands.”

Justin Fragapane is a writer for canadiens.com.



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