Mar 03, 2012; Montreal, QC, CAN; Montreal Canadiens right wing Rene Bourque (27) before the first period against Toronto Maple Leafs at the Bell Center. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-US PRESSWIRE

Canadiens Seek To Douse The Flames’ Playoff Hopes


The Montreal Canadiens and the Calgary Flames face off tonight at the Scotiabank Saddledome, where the Canadiens have typically not fared well. That can be said about every matchup with the Flames, who have won the last 5 games versus the Canadiens. The last one was an embarrassing 4-0 shutout in last year’s Heritage Classic. Interestingly, a key contributor in those games was new Canadien Rene Bourque, who had scored 2 goals in each of the last two games.

History aside, the Canadiens will face off against two former teammates tonight: Tom Kostopoulous and Alex Tanguay, two players who were discarded after the Centennial year fiasco. Missing from the lineup will be recently jettisoned forward Michael Cammalleri, who sustained an upper-body injury in Sunday’s loss to the Dallas Stars.

Admittedly, this matchup means a lot more to the Flames, who are currently in 11th place and 3 points out of 8th. They hold a game in hand over the Colorado Avalanche but Los Angeles, currently in 9th,  holds a game in hand over the Flames. The Canadiens are 2 points out of the lofty heights of 14th place in the Eastern Conference. At this point, the best the Canadiens can hope for is to play spoiler to a team that has had their number in recent years.

My predictions?

Rene Bourque will score a hat-trick. Book it!  Ryan White and Tom Kostopoulous duke it out, with a win going to White!