Before today's games, the Eastern Conference standings show a triple tie for the last three playoff spots. The Philadelphia Flyers, the Montreal Canadiens, and the Boston Bruins occupy the sixth, seventh, and eight place at 82 points each after 76 games played.
The Atlanta Trashers, with 80 points, and the New York Rangers, who have 78, are the only outsiders with a shot at a playoff berth in the East.
The Canadiens will play the Carolina Hurricanes tonight, and the two points at stake are far more important for Montreal. There should be no reason for anyone to experience a lack of motivation on Montreal's side.
The return of Michael Cammalleri and Marc-Andre Bergeron in the lineup did not show on the score sheet yet, and a goal from those two in tonight's game would be welcomed by the fans.
I will watch this game at home on TV tonight, hoping for a victory.
(Picture: Cam Ward)
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