Montreal Canadiens Need Weekend Wins to Overcome Long Injury List

Charles L. GareCorrespondent IFebruary 6, 2009

It seems this is another one of those years for the Canadiens.

Injuries have struck down George Laraque, Patrice Brisebois, Robert Lang, Mathieu Dandenault, Alex Tanguay, and Guillaume Latendresse, and when one player comes back another goes down.

The Habs have had a reasonably good time of it this season, even with all the injury woes. But can they keep it up? Tonight's game against the Sabres will show a lot, I feel, because Buffalo seems to be on fire and the Canadiens are coming off a win against Pittsburgh.

If Montreal pulls off a win tonight and then beats Toronto at home, it will go a long way toward showing how capable they are, even with all the injuries. I hope Gainey starts to get some help soon, but not at the cost of Chris Higgins, who is a valuable asset as a two-way player for this team.

On a different note, I don't understand Higgins' why his name keeps coming up on trade rumors. I know it's a business and players come and go in these deals, but I think he is definitely a part of the future of the Canadiens and it would be a mistake to unload him especially for the likes of Matthieu Schneider.

Hopefully, the Canadiens will keep Higgins, get their roster healthy and win a few key upcoming games to remain contenders.