Waiting in line details - after reeling off 7 in a row, the suddenly not-so-hot Rangers roll into the House that Ronald Corey Built tonight at 7pm. Blueshirts coming off a rare loss to those 'jerks in Jersey', as Ranger Fan would probably say; Habs coming off an easy win against the Islandgirls. Game will be broadcast in haute definition on RDS and CBC (in Quebec only). First game against their former team for Gomez, Mara and Chris Higgins.
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Hot sexy Habs to watch - things are going so well (jinx) that we need bullet points to survey the hot sexyness:
- Martin line juggling finally clicked, and the Canadiens may have found not only 2, but three lines that can score.
- Mad Max looked good on TurtlePleks' wing, providing some size on the top two lines. Finally.
- Who knew Metro would turn out to be such a key player. He and Max Pac seem to have some chemistry.
- Lil'Bergy seemed much more comfortable, especially running the PP.
- Jaro, as we know, rules. Except playing the puck. Get in your net and stay their, wanderer.
Skanky Habs to watch - Was Gui! demoted to Hamilton and nobody told me? My Boy Carey is wearing a ball cap again tonight.
Hot sexy Rangers to watch - Marian Gaborik's groin has 7 goals, and linemate Vaclav Prospal has 9 assists. 19-year old rookie Micheal Del Zotto (yay! another Wop NHLer!) looks like the second coming of Brian Leech.
Skanky Rangers to watch - Christopher Higgins, welcome back to your accustomed spot in the skanky part of our preview! No goals and a pair of assists all season, and a big fat zero in the last 8 games. Nice to see he's the same player in Red White and Blue as he was in Blue Blanc Rouge. (Of course now he'll pull a Leclair tonight.) King Henry, as usual, has been a key to the Rangers success, but he's given up 4 and a half goals a game over the past 4 in Montreal.
On the main stage - now and presumably until he loses: Jaroslav Halak. And while Carey is still My Boy, this is absolutely how it should be. TFS(tm) will get his chance. Otherwise, JM goes with the same lineup. And why not? Rangers are healthy - well, not counting their mental health on (Avery) and behind (Torts) the bench. (Have I yet mentioned how much I hate Torts and his scape-goalieing ways? Not yet? Consider it done: he's an asshole.)
In the VIP Room - can it be? Dare we dream? Is it possible the Habs may not suck as bad as we first thought? Is it time to admit that maybe the Bob Gainey/Jacques Martin era is not yet a complete and utter disaster?
We'll see. Habs beat a couple of weak teams this week, and while the Rangers may be coming off a couple of losses they should serve as the first big challenge since the west coast swing.
Post-game adult entertainment establishment - unfortunately it doesn't seem to have it's own website, but here's a review of my personal favorite, Cabaret Les Amazones.
Someone let me know whether Picasso's has reopened yet. I miss 3am pizza after the Zones.