Burning. Blazing. Blistering.
The Montreal Canadiens are so hot right now that it would be no surprise to see the Devils burst into flame tonight in New Jersey.
The Bleu Blanc et Rouge are 6-0-1 over their last seven and have vaulted into third in the East, three points back of the conference-leading Bruins.
While we expect the team to be competitive, the past month has been inspired. We need look no further than the 6’2, 217 lbs frame of Max Pacioretty for an explanation of the Habs run to the top of the table.
Number 67 has exploded out of his early-season struggles, finding the back of the net eight times over the past seven games; finally providing the secondary (or even primary) scoring that the Habs have been missing and will continue to need to be successful over the season.
With Pacioretty’s awakening comes that of his line-mates with Danny Briere showing glimpses of (almost) being worth his $4-million contract with three goals and an assist over the past seven, and centre David Desharnais chipping in with two goals and six assists.
Maybe a call from the mayor with the promise of a one-way ticket to Hamilton was just what the diminutive centre needed.
The Habs have been as solid in the back as they have the front with the Markov-Subban pairing looking like the best in hockey at both ends of the ice, and goaltender Carey Price playing his way into all three goalie slots available on team Canada.
Seriously, who needs anyone else when you have Price?
Put it altogether, with a healthy dose of EGG and what do you get?
The best team in Canada. Which is exactly where we expect them to be.
Next stop: Boston.