I think we can make it, but I'm concerned about how we will play those Ottawa games. Hopefully the guys step up against them for the last two games. The Sens are a very good team. They aren't as invincible as we appear to be making them look though.
We'll have trouble winning them but it varies. After the B's games, which we always seem to show up for, it gets a lot tougher since the Sabres will no doubt be fighting for a spot, the Sens will be looking to take the division from us and Toronto, even if they're out, loves beating us even when there's nothing at stake. I'd say 5-3 would be a great finish considering what lies ahead.
100 pts. would be nice to see again. It'd be just above the avg. winning % for a Hab season in their history and would be the 15th time we reach the mark, one above the Wings who just got it for the 8th in a row, tying the 74-82 Hab record, and 14th overall. Philly has the record with 16. Hab 100+ pt years (*-cup winner)
108-1971/72 (78 GP) In between the 63 and 64 Leafs and the 90 and 91 Bruins, the Rangers were the only team to take 2 straight playoff series from the Habs in under an 8-year span (since Buffalo beat the Habs in 75 then much later in 83). Amazing stat, eh?
109-1981/82 (80 GP)-How this powerful team got beat by a .500 team in Quebec I'll never understand. The Habs only lost like 16 times all year but can't even beat the Nords 3 out of 5? People were probably pissed. Blame Grundman!
110 to 112-none
113-1974/75 (80 GP)* Three-way tie for first in the league with an overpowering offense but this dominance ran out against the Sabres even though the Habs outscored them in a 6-game series loss.
115-1978/79 (80 GP)*, 88/89 (80 GP) And 78/79 was considered a down year! Too bad for the 89 edition that it was just the Flames time. A year later that team could've easily handled the underdog Oilers in the finals.
116 to 119-none
120-1972/73 (78 GP)* 72/73 was supposed to be a rebuilding year where a cup was unlikely. Instead, the Habs chalked up a dominant year with only 10 losses and their best winning % in a season since the war.
121 to 126-none
127-1975/76 (80 GP)* When you sweep an 118-pt. team like Philly, you know you're good
129-1977/78 (80 GP)* My grandma gave me an old sports section page from the Toronto Star from 1978 a day after the Habs beat the Leafd at the Gardens 6-1 in game 3 of the semi-final and the header underneath a picture of Serge Savard said something like "Montreal, who seems destined to never relinquish their iron clad grip on the Stanley Cup, easily brushed aside the Leafs 6-1." It sure looked easy!
130 to 131-none
132-1976/77 (80 GP)* BEST. TEAM. EVAH!
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The games against Boston and Buffalo are all very winnable. Toronto always seems to match up well against us, and well, we already know the story with Ottawa. I say we go 5-2-1 in the remaining 8 to finish with 101 pts.
Thu. Mar. 20 at Boston, 7:00 pm
Sat. Mar. 22 Boston, 7:00 pm
Mon. Mar. 24 Ottawa, 7:30 pm
Fri. Mar. 28 at Buffalo, 7:30 pm
Sat. Mar. 29 at Toronto, 7:00 pm
Tue. Apr. 1 at Ottawa, 7:30 pm
Thu. Apr. 3 Buffalo, 7:30 pm
Sat. Apr. 5 Toronto, 7:00 pm
There are our remaining games...Will we make 100 points and how do you see our record for the next 8 games... ?
Since we are playing teams from our division for the last 8 games and since we have trouble beating Ottawa and Toronto...I'd say we'll go 4-4 in the last 8 games and we'll finish with 98 points.
I could also see the Habs finish 5th in the conference and playing Pittsburgh in the first round.
I hope the Habs win 5 or 6 games out of the last 8, but I can see them struggling to finish the year on a strong note.
I said yea..but now that i think of it.
I think Carbo will give some of his top guys some rest once we clinch a spot and face like TOR or other teams not really in the mix..that would be a good idea IMO.