Today's Honorary Ringer: Marcel Goc. Forget the GOP, the GOC is where it's at right now. And thanks to the GOC, the Panthers beat the Canucks in overtime last night and Florida registered it's 50th point of the season. Read that last part again.
So every journalist and blogger out there has been go about 2 things in the last few days. Spilling ink over the return of Jaro and coming up with the adequate mathematical formula that would see the Habs into the playoffs. Let's simplify the whole playoff thing. The boys need to not lose 3 in a row the rest of the way if they want to even dream of qualifying. But Mike Boone said it best, they're going to have to play like a top-5 calibre team if they're going to squeeze into a spot. As far as I'm concerned, the first slump to open the season severely damaged their hopes. The December slump did them in.
So while these games aren't meaningless, any resurgence will extend the perennial spinning of wheels of a team that has branded itself as middle of the packers for as long as I can remember.
If the Habs are going to make it, they would have to kick one of the current 8 seeds out. Look at that group for a moment. Hard to see how and why Montreal would overtake anyone of them. Now look at the Capitals who've got a far more realistic shot at making it than Montreal and figure that if both Montreal and Washington clinched a spot, 2 of today's 8 seeds would have to go.
Unless Tim Tebow can find a way to kneel on ice, it's not gonna happen.
We'll preview Habs-Blues a bit later today. It should be brilliant hockey analysis.