Ladies and gentlemen, your Montreal canadiens are one point away from sealing the deal and making sure we’ll be watching playoff hockey at the bell this year. But not all is peachy just yet, the team standing between our beloved habs and a playoff spot tonight is the Carolina Hurricanes. Eight days ago the ‘canes bounced back from a 1-0 lead to take the two points. MAB put the good guys up at 8:04 in the first period with his patented power play slapper before Sutter & Staal rippled the twine at 3:44 of the second and 2:55 of the third respectively. As of this moment there is no word on who will be minding the net for the canadiens, but I’m guessing Halak will get the call to try and clinch a playoff spot with price possibly playing Saturday night versus the buds in a game that could mean absolutely nothing. Jaroslav Spacek looks like he could make it for tonight’s game pushing MAB to the fourth line and costing someone there their spot. Also to be noted: Halak is the canadiens Will Masterton trophy candidate, if he were to win he would become the fourth Montreal Canadien to take the honour after Saku Koivu in 2002, Serge Savard in 1979, Henri Richard in 1974, and Claude Provost winning the Trophy in its inaugural year of 1968. Also, Guy Boucher was named the AHLs coach of the year; I think the canadiens need to offer him an assistant’s job in the big show next year or risk losing him to a head coaching job somewhere else. The ‘canes are coming in playing above .500 hockey in their last ten at 5-3-2, while the habs are 4-3-3. Puck drops at 7:30ish in Carolina.