Some people will tell you January 11th was a turning point for our beloved Habs.
The game was described, at the time, as the team’s toughest challenge of the season. The Stanley Cup Champions, one of the most consistent teams of the last few seasons, was coming in to town.
Going into the game nobody expect the Habs to have a chance in the original six match up – Chicago was just too strong.
But the hero of the night turned out to be Andrei Markov, who scored both goals for Les Glorieux in an overtime win. People finally took notice, thoughts swarming of what could be of this Habs roster.
The Habs enter tonight’s contest with an 8-2-0 record in their last 10 games, while Chicago has won six of their last 7 home games. Tonight marks the final regular season game at home for the Blackhawks.
Fresh off a tight fought victory against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, the Habs head into tonight’s battle with a different roster. Our shot blocking warrior, Josh Gorges returns to the line up after missing 15 games with a hand injury, which required surgery.
There are some other notable line up changes for a Flanelle tonight, as Michel Therrien has decided to rest some his star players as a playoff run nears. Staying home in Montreal are Carey Price, Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin. As a result Peter Budaj gets the start tonight as Dustin Tokarski will serve as back up netminder. Budaj’s last game started off rocky, as he let in 3 goals in a span of 5:50 against Ottawa, but he emerged victorious, only allowing one more goal that night en route to a 7-4 victory.
Drawing into the line up tonight for the Habs is Nathan Beaulieu who will play his first game since being called up. Despite skating on his own yesterday, there’s no timetable for the return of Brandon Prust.
Chicago is fresh off a victory over the Central division leading St. Louis Blues . The Blackhawks , just like the Habs, are currently in a fight for home ice advantage for the first round of the post season. They currently sit four points back of Colorado heading into their final 3 games of the season.
There are two major injuries for the Blackhawks right now, as they are currently without Jonathan Toews (Upper Body) and Patrick Kane (Left Leg).
Meanwhile, Habs fan are on the 40 watch, asMax Pacioretty aims to score his fortieth goal of the season.
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The Puck drops shortly after 7:30PM at the United Center. You can also catch the action on TSN, RDS and TSN Radio 690