Montreal Canadiens Have an Important Weekend Ahead

Francois GendronSenior Writer IMarch 6, 2010

The Montreal Canadiens will play two games in two nights this weekend as the hunt for a playoff spot resumes in the NHL.

Montreal needs points to stay in the hunt and that is why this weekend is important. The team cannot afford to lose both games this weekend. The Los Angeles Kings will be Montreal's first opponent this Saturday followed by the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.

The Canadiens will miss their best goal scorer this season, Michael Cammalleri, who is still recovering from his left knee injury. Maxim Lapierre will also miss the weekend as he was suspended for four games by the league for his hit from behind on Scott Nichol of the San Jose Sharks earlier this week.

Head coach Jacques Martin will have to pick a goaltender between Carey Price and Jaroslav Halak for the final stretch of the season. While Price looked to be shaky lately, Halak was fantastic in net for Team Slovakia during the Vancouver Olympics.

If I had the task to choose between those two goalies, I would pick Halak because of his recent successes with Team Slovakia and for his contribution with the Canadiens this season.

(Picture: Maxim Lapierre, Getty Images.)

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