It’s the battle of Canada – as the Montreal Canadiens seek to defeat the Ottawa Senators in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
It was difficult for the Ottawa Senators to get on the score board this year, but there was one team they could put the puck in against, and that is the Montreal Canadiens. The Sens outscored the Habs 11-8.
The lack of offense, according to Cory Buck is going to be the downfall of the Ottawa Senators in this series. The leading goal scorer for the Sens is Kyle Turris – who was no challenge to a scoring title with a whopping 12 goals.
It’s not going to be an easy series by any stretch of the means – but the Montreal Canadiens will be the victors.
Cory says the series will be wrapped up in six games – I can see the series going six if the Sens are able to sneak one of the first two in Montreal. Cory seems to think that stealing a game in Montreal is old habit for Craig Anderson.
Winning the most Stanley Cups in the history of the National Hockey League, coupled with the fact that they were the last team from North of the border to win the cup before the curse has kept the Cup in Canada for safekeeping only – the onus is on the Montreal Canadiens to win in this series.
Decimated with injuries to key persons on their roster – the Ottawa Senators should have never made it this far – so they will be the looser of the two teams. Montreal is also coming off a regular season in which they won the Northeast Division game – thanks to the same Ottawa Senators on the last day of the season. This is their first division title since 2007-2008 and only their second since the format switched to geographic names.