Canadiens Take a Break from Practice, But Will It Help?

Charles L. GareCorrespondent IFebruary 11, 2009

Montreal Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau cancelled practice Wednesday morning, letting the boys get away from the rink for a while.

The coach said he wanted a change of atmosphere for the whole team, and the players agreed. Captain Saku Koivu said the rest will be good.

But will it help improve the on-ice performance?

The coach and captain both said they hope to forget the last two weeks and get back to playing the hockey they are capable of playing. This team is in desperate frame of mind right now and wants a successful road trip. The first game was a stinker.

As they go into tonight's game in Edmonton, let's hope Montreal plays its game and doesn't just show up, which it seems they have been doing lately.

Carbonneau said winning is difficult during these times of the season, the times where everything you do seems to go wrong. The practice break, hopefully, will serve as a fresh start for the Habs.

But Carbonneau also said it's not too late for Montreal to get its game back. We will know tonight whether the break helped. Let's get behind the Habs and encourage them through this road trip.