February, oh February, how I loathe thee, February.
The duration of February '09 will be one to forget for all Canadiens, players and fans alike.
But the ending couldn't have been sweeter.
The Montreal Canadiens ended the month with a four-game winning streak, beating the No. 1 team in the West, San Jose, on Saturday night in a 3-2 decision.
And the timing couldn't be more perfect.
Heading into March, the Habitants are full of momentum and their upcoming schedule leads fans to wonder, when exactly will this winning streak end?
Sure the Canadiens will begin this spring month on the road, but all three teams on this trip are below 70 points in the standings. Their toughest opponent will be the Sabres on Wednesday night in Buffalo.
After Buffalo, the team heads to Atlanta to take on Mathieu Schneider's former team and then on to Dallas to face the Stars.
Away games are never easy, but I'm sure that Guy Carbonneau is happy with this venture. It is very possible that Montreal comes off this road trip with three more wins, extending their streak to seven games.
Upon returning to the Bell Centre, the Habs will have four consecutive games on their home ice.
First, on March 10, they face Edmonton followed by matches against the Islanders, Devils, and Rangers.
Now I'm not one to speculate, but I feel like doing it tonight.
If the boys in bleu, blanc, and rouge play their cards right, they could very possibly have a 9-, 10-, maybe even 11-game winning streak heading into Ottawa to face the Senators on March 19.
And why not? With the month we just had, we deserve a little victory, a little champagne on our lips.
On our calendars, March is a catalyst for warmer temperatures and brighter days. March for the Canadiens will bring several wins for a team desperately needing momentum and confidence heading into the post season.
Thirteen games will be played in March, nine of them at home. If the Habs can finish the month with 16-20 more points in the standings, they'll be sitting real pretty come April and the beginning of the playoffs.
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