Canadiens VS Penguins, 3 Habs That Must Step Up.

Todd CordellCorrespondent IMay 12, 2010

MONTREAL- MAY 10:  Maxim Lapierre #40 of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates his third-period goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins with teammates in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre on May 10, 2010 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The Canadiens defeated the Penguins 4-3 tying the series 3-3.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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With game 7 of the Canadiens, Penguins series set to go tonight, I am going to tell you my 3 x-factors that must step up for the Canadiens to win.

1. Hal Gill, he has been given the lovely task of trying to shutdown Sidney Crosby and the Penguins top line, though it hasn't been easy he has done a fantastic job. Their is still work to be done. Hal Gill has held the Penguins captain to just 3 points in 5 games, all assists. When Hal was out of the lineup last game Sid the kid broke out and had a 2 point night with a goal and an assist, though the Canadiens still won that game you can't expect to win when your opponents best player is at the top of his game. Hal Gill is expected to return to the lineup tonight after being stepped on by Penguins forward Chris Kunitz in game 5.

2. Jaroslav Halak, though Jaroslav Halak has been outstanding all series long the Canadiens still find themselves deadlocked through 6 games. Jaroslav Halak will have to be on the top of his game once again for the Canadiens to have a chance of winning this game.

3. Mike Cammalleri, Mike has been absolutely outstanding all series like his teammates Jaroslav Halak and Hal Gill but he knows the job is not done. Mike has been the offensive weapon the Canadiens expected him to be when they signed him this series as he has 6 goals in 6 games however, if Mike does not get on the score sheet tonight you can expect the Canadiens to be golfing in the next couple of days. Though it is not impossible for the Canadiens to win without him getting on the score sheet, it is very unlikely as he is the Canadiens best offensive player.

Now like you, all I can do is wait and see what happens, but chances are if these 3 players don't have good games tonight the Canadiens will lose.