Road Stretch: Indication of Habs Season?

Will the longest Habs road stretch of the year be the main indication of how Montreal’s season will go? I believe that it will be.

Dallas celebrating one of many on Saturday vs Habs (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

Dallas celebrating one of many on Saturday vs Habs (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

After Saturday’s awful performance against the West-best Stars losing 6-2, the Habs are back at it in the Music City on Monday to face the Preds, which is another tough battle. It doesn’t get any easier, as Montreal will face the Wild the night after. The short Christmas break arrives following the back-to-back, then they are back at it on Boxing Day with the Habs in East-Best Washington to face the Caps. A Florida back-to-back against the Bolts and Panthers to close out 2015, ahead of the all famous Winter Classic in Boston, on January 1st. The last game of the road trip is where the Canadiens have struggled in the past years, in the city of Brotherly Love to face the Flyers.

With these next 7 games, I don’t see one “easy” game, as these are all tough teams competing for playoff spots, just like the Habs are. Remember, they have to face these powerhouses without the likes of star goalie Carey Price and most likely Brendan Gallagher who’s goal is to be back for the Winter Classic, which has Habs fans anxious for his return.

Pacioretty post-game following the Stars tilt (Photo: L'Antichambre)

Pacioretty post-game following the Stars tilt (Photo: L’Antichambre)

Currently in a terrible December, going 2-6 so far there is a lot of frustration in the Habs locker room, as captain Max Pacioretty dropped an “F-bomb” in the post game interview against the Stars. Atlantic Division rivals are currently winning a lot of games, catching up to the Habs point total that is mostly from their 9-0 start at the beginning of the year. Meaning that the fight for the Atlantic Division will most likely be riding until the end of the season, with a battle between the Habs, Bruins, Wings, Sens, Panthers and Lightning.

A Carey Price and Brendan Gallagher return is much needed, as with this next stretch of big games in the next month or so, the leadership is essential, especially to get the Habs out of this awful slump. The big question currently surrounding the Habs is what’s the problem? When Price sustained his first injury of the season, they were just fine, winning hockey games and playing extremely well. This time around, it seems that Price’s second injury was definitely for the worse. Now struggling to find the back of the net, something has to give on this challenging road trip, as hopefully Montreal’s past of playing well against good teams continue.

We will see what changes as the Habs take on the Preds tonight, in the Music City at 8pm EST, as you can catch it on Sportsnet East for viewers in Quebec, TVA Sports or Rogers NHL GameCentre Live. Go Habs Go!

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