Saturday, February 21, 2009

Hockey Day in Canada

Hope everybody out there is enjoying their "unofficial" holiday. With Hockey Day cards still a few years off, there's nothing for you to worry about today other than kicking back and watching about 12 hours of coverage on the CBC.

It will be interesting to see how the two teams react this afternoon, since the Habs have Kovalev returning to the lineup while the Sens counter with the additions of Comrie and Campoli. As we've already seen this week with the Canadiens' addition of Schneider, bringing a new body into the room can have a pretty positive effect on the effort level (even if it doesn't immediately translate into wins). As such, I'm expecting a solid effort from both teams today, although with Montreal clearly needing the win more (both from the standings and media points of view) I'm predicting a decidedly better effort on their part to try and right the ship.

All other stories aside, the reaction of the fans will quite possibly be the most interesting thing to watch for today. It could be resoundingly positive or negative after the drama of the last week, so it should be worth tuning in just to see that if nothing else. Who knows, maybe we'll even get to see a sign on par with the classic "Halak it Like That" from a few years back.

Enjoy the games everybody.

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