New Jersey Devils-Montreal Canadiens: Habs can’t find Formula to Solve Devils

March 27th, 2010 by Rocket All Habs Leave a reply »
Montreal 2 New Jersey 4 (Bell Centre)

A 'let's hope the Habs don't face the Devils in the playoffs' seemed to be the popular refrain from fans after the game. The Canadiens have been doing their best to comply with a 1-2-2 record in their last five games.  Instead, they must again be concerned about making the playoffs at all.

With the loss to New Jersey, the Habs find themselves in sixth place, two points ahead of Philadelphia and Boston, with both teams having games in hand. The surprising Atlanta Thrashers are also still in the playoff hunt.

So what makes fans so fearful of the Devils? Would they rather that the Canadiens face Washington or Pittsburgh in the playoffs?

Handing the Devils fewer rebounds and winning the special teams' battle could have provided a recipe for success in tonight's game. Montreal gave up two goals on three New Jersey power-play opportunities while going 0-for-4 with the man advantage.

The Habs power-play is 2-for-23 at the Bell Centre since the Olympic break. The return of Mike Cammalleri and Marc-Andre Bergeron from injury hasn't provided the instant cure that many had predicted.

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