A few of the Canadiens conceded this morning that they're in awe of what the Capitals have been able to accomplish over the past month. That said, they're itching to put an end to Washington's 14-game winning streak tomorrow at Centre Bell.
But if the Habs are going to be the ones to snap Washington's historic run, they'll have to do it without several key players. The Montreal injured list is a lengthy one. Among the wounded are Mike Cammalleri (knee), Marc-Andre Bergeron (knee), Andrei Kostitsyn (knee), Benoit Pouliot (upper body) and Paul Mara (upper body).
In all, the Habs are expected to be without about 40 percent of their goals.
What wasn't so clear was which goaltender will start in goal for the Canadiens. Coach Jacques Martin declined to say whether he'll tap Carey Price or Jaroslav Halak. Price has played the previous three games (1-1-1) against the Caps this season but Halak has been the better of the two.
Most of the questions from reporters after this morning's practice at Complexe Sportif Bell in suburban Montreal dealt with GM Bob Gainey's unexpected resignation yesterday. But I figured you'd be more interested in what they had to say about the Caps, who can move into a tie for the second longest streak in league history with a win (the 1981-82 Islanders also won 15 in a row).
Josh Gorges's thoughts:
That's it from Brossard, Quebec, which has far, far less snow than Washington at the moment.