Audio: Price vs. Thomas; Habs farm Boyd

AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Hal Gill | Jeff Halpern | Mathieu Darche

(Gill, Halpern courtesy Amanda Stein, Team 990)

The Canadiens will start Carey Price tonight in a bid to snap the team’s three-game losing streak, and the opposition Bruins will counter with Tim Thomas, who’s enjoying a brilliant season in Beantown, in a bid to end Boston’s two-game skid.

This morning, Montreal sent forward Dustin Boyd, who twice has cleared waivers the past month, to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.

Both teams had optional skates this morning, both coming off games last night. About a dozen Canadiens took part, while the Bruins held a team meeting then booted around a soccer ball at the Bell Centre.

Boston rookie Tyler Seguin will be a game-time decision, having missed his team’s Dec. 11 game vs. Philadelphia with flu-like symptoms. He was scratched last night in Buffalo.

Bruins’ Mark Recchi, the former Canadien, will play his 1,601st NHL game tonight.

90 Comments

  1. habs365 says:

    Good game tonight…backed off a little in the 3rd period…Pacioretty looking good on the 2nd line

  2. NoTinFoilCups says:

    If a contract year cannot motivate the guy what will? I’m tired of these players who need “motivation”. Why not just do the da*n job that you are already well paid for. AK46 will be gone after this season unless he turns things around. If he doesn’t then good riddance.

  3. terrygain says:

    There’s no such thing as odd on a team coached by Jacques Martin.

  4. terrygain says:

    Leclair was just coming into his own when he was traded. I said on the day of the trade that he was a horse  who would run wild in Philly.

  5. terrygain says:

    He wishes you were with him in that body, as well as spirit.

  6. LA Loyalist says:

    You need to see Kovalchuk live and up close. You can see on his face that he wants to do great and he is just stressed out of his mind.

    Maclean has no freaking idea what to do with him, it’s like giving a Nascar Driver an F1 car, they just stare at it. He should have signed in LA, where they have a young skating team.

    Very sad, I don’t think this will end well at all.

  7. Malreg says:

    When the puck is just lying on the goal line or in the crease like that, you’re instinct is to just get it out of there.  It’s a reaction.  Should it have been put in the corner? Yes, but you’re first thought in the situation is to just get it away from the net, unfortunately it went back out in front.

    The goal was caused by several mistakes, and not just one on it’s own.  Spacek playing the puck right through the middle of our zone, Plekanec hurrying back to save Spacek’s blunder and slashing the Flyers’ player’s (JVR?) stick instead of stick lifting, Spacek deciding to join a 3 on 2 rush while on the PK in a tied game with 6 minutes to go, Hamrlik playing the puck out into the slot, and Eller overplaying down low and not covering his guy.

    Can’t really blame 1 single player.

  8. habs365 says:

    I hope you’re line idea is for us not martin…remember it’s his way or the highway

     

  9. Mark C says:

    What does the number of games played have to do with motivation? All types of players from time-to-time need motivation for many different reasons. Not sure I understand your point.

  10. HabFanSince72 says:

    Odd to see Eller on the PK at the end, especially since Gomez and Halpern were both available. And Laps too.

    I wonder if Pyatt returns tonight.

     

  11. habs365 says:

    what a joke…ak46 played 31 games and he still needs motivation…tell that to sidney crosby.

  12. WestHab says:

    Spacek did pretty much the same thing when Pleks had to take a penalty to prevent a goal against. Of course philly scored on the resulting pp. Subban made costly errors that help 2 goals against. Philadelphia put a lot of pressure on the Habs D. It worked. In short yeah I had the same thought on Hammer’s feed it was a mind warp, he must have been tired at the time.

    – Who will be at the Heritage Classic?

  13. habs365 says:

    I would say Lapierre and Picard for a good young AHL prospect, that can help us now or next year…sometimes draft picks don’t work out and you’re left hanging…if a GM don’t want to make a deal like that keep what you have and keep on rebuilding…seems that’s the way to go to win a cup…picking up some other teams cast offs unless you’re a contender for the stanley cup…don’t make any sense at all…Habs are a good example…oh they may end up higher in the standings than they did last year…all for not…because of bad deals.

  14. samTHEman says:

    I wouldn’t mind having Bieksa in our line up right now. He will definately help the powerplay, transition game, and on the blue line keeping the puck in the O-Zone.

  15. habs365 says:

    I say if this team is not good enough to win the cup…making the playoffs or not…don’t give up any of our prospects…Kovalchuk in NJ is proof of that…get the big contract than cease to exist.

  16. J_P says:

    You are right that we need gomez, but only when he plays like he played last night which, for most of the season, he hasn’t.  He’s brought that level of intensity MAYBE once or twice this year.  We need that kind of effort from him game in and game out. 

  17. J_P says:

    I said the same thing right away about putting the puck in the corner, but when you look at the overhead, he didnt really have the body position to shoot it towards the corner.  Im sure he was also focusing on not putting it in his own net. Tough break.  the trailer shouldn’t have been left wide open though, can’t really blame hammer on that one. 

  18. Kooch7800 says:

    Closer to the deadline I think you might be right.  Getting something for nothign this early probably is not going to happen.

    Lappierre is useful in the playoffs though.

  19. habzfan2003 says:

    It could have been worse… We could have had the lead, sat on it, then blown it… :p j/k. In actual fact I really liked our effort last night. You can’t win them all but as long as they keep working hard i’ll be happy. But with umpteen years of experience…. Is that the right play by Hamrlik to just toss the puck into the slot with a no look pass??? Something tells me that clearing the puck to the corner was the right play there… anyone?

  20. CHsam says:

    SHould clarify, I meant Top-6 FWD. I agree, no point in getting rid of prospects.

  21. Mattyleg says:

    JM didn’t treat him poorly, he played poorly here.

    He needed a change of air. He wouldn’t have done here what he’s doing there. Sometimes teams aren’t a good fit.

    Look at John Leclair!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  22. Maksimir says:

    I’m with you on that one.

  23. JD_ says:

    I really, really need to know what this Friday’s Lotto MAX jackpot is but absolutely cannot find it. If only the information were somewhere handy, in an annoyin’, in-my-face kinda way.

    Strange one last night.

    I’m talkin’, of course, about Carcillo’s first shift. It’s not so much gettin’ launched by PK but tryin’ to make up for it by runnin’ at Laps and endin’ up with a total, flat-on-the-ice fail. A for effort, F for execution. What a fugly maroon.

    Every skater makes mistakes every game but when D-men make ’em, they’re just more glarin’. Add in the rookie factor and you have yourself a whopper. The thing about rookies is their talent stays the same and, hopefully, their bad habits and misjudgments are diluted with experience. Soobs is many things, but one of them isn’t st00pid. He’ll eventually get his head around the mental side.

    It’s like Larry E. Lots of talent, but a rookie’s timin’. Good enough for the AHL but suboptimal in the radically faster-paced NHL. All in due course.

    In the meantime, a solid finish on one of PK’s end-to-enders – you know it’s comin’ – and people will kinda forget all the bad stuff.

    Speakin’ of D-men, it took Lidstrom some 1,400+ games to earn a hat trick? What a sack of s***. Effin’ Lyle Odelein nailed his before he’d played 300 games. Good thing Nick’s got four Cups, a Conny, and six Norrys cuz, other than that, it still took him some 1,100 more tries than Ody to pop three in a game.

    MaxPac looked pretty good out there. Did a much better job standin’ his ground. But, he was pumped and it’s only one game. If he can remain consistent, he’s got a full-time job and the Habs get some additional depth at LW. Would, however, like to see him go harder to the net when Gomer’s gained the zone – which he does time and time again, highlightin’ the consequences of his absence – not only for positionin’, but also to draw traffic away from Gio.

    Effin’ Bobrovsky. If he’s the real deal – every time I see him play, he’s as cool as a cuke – the Flippers get one step closer. Hope Bobby Clobber hears about this cuz as soon as he realizes there could be competition for the Conn Smythe, he’ll run Bobbyrovsky out of town.

    Brian Burke sux.

  24. mbplekfan says:

    The only assets I would look at trading right now are Lapierre and Weber. We have Lapierre covered on the farm and I dont think Weber is going to contribute much. Packaging them with a draft pick might garner us a serviceable defenceman.

  25. Mark C says:

    I think dropping AK46 down to the 4th line was all about motivation, remember in his case ice time = $$$, as he’s up for a new contract at year’s end.

  26. mbplekfan says:

    We had a perfectly good guy in OB. He’s a saviour for Colorado right now. Shame that JM treated him poorly. That size combined with decent defence would come in handy right now.

  27. Kooch7800 says:

    We won’t win the cup this year with our current roster and development where it is so I would agree dumping prospects would not be a good idea.

    I think this team will bring someone in for forward though.

    We could just as easily miss the playoffs with how tight it is currently

  28. HUDSONHAB says:

    I agree that Gomez is a big plus in our end and going up the ice. That may be worth 3mill, now he has to earn the other 4mill in the offensive zone.

    ….Hab4life….

  29. likehoy says:

    but that comes back to the question if Boyd is actually good enough to play with Halps, Darche or Pouliot..which He’s not. I would have any of those 3 guys on the ice ahead of Boyd. I’d put Lapierre too cause he contributes intangibles to the game.

    Boyd has now 2 players to beat out for a spot and that’s Pyatt and Eller.

    Boyd, like I said is interchangeable with Pyatt, but Pyatt has been on the team for almost 2 years now and Martin likes what he does on the PK.

    Eller came in the trade for Halak so he’s going to get his chances to prove himself.

    Which leaves Boyd in…oh ya..Hamilton.

    – Gomez is holding down the suck button

  30. matmacat says:

    We don’t need a top 6 D man. We need to develop our young ones. You’re thinking like it’s an all or nothing season. No point getting rid of prospects now.

  31. lenny says:

    JM’s moves are impossible to understand

  32. CHsam says:

    RE: GOMEZ ….

    I for one was a pseudo Gomez-basher… but seeing him back in the game last night made me realize that guy does gain the O-Zone with speed, and that’s better than nothing. When we didn’t have him for those two games, it showed how much we over-relied on Pleks.

    I understand that Markov was key in our D, but I think we need a Top-6 upgrade. If we could get one, and get consistent support from the FWDs in our own end, it could be a good thing…

    Anyways…….. going to check out the insanity of the downtown mall now.

  33. nick says:

    Agreed.

    Same could be said of AK46 getting sent to the 4th – albeit, he was back on the first line in rather short order. Doesn’t make sense to demote him when he’s hes the second or third on the Habs for points, when Gomez really hasn’t moved all season.

  34. jimmy shaker says:

    should be playing with PLeks and Cammy and these should be the lines tonight….

    Eller/Pleks/Cammy

    Gio/Gomez/Patch

    Darche/Halpern/Pouliot

    Moen/Laps/Ak46 or Pyatt

    PK/Hammer

    Gorges/Gill

    Weber/Spacek

    Price

    I’m out, C U after the game tonight…

    SHaker

  35. adam76 says:

    Except on the faceoffs.  

  36. nickster13 says:

    well, remember moen on the 2nd and 3rd line? yeah he has been playing with guys who have buried it. Boyd has been playing on the 4th line with players who never score (ever it seems) and playing low minutes. Put him with Halpern and Darche or pouliot and i think his +/- would improve, but maybe its too late for that since JAcques doesnt want to play him, and we all know what that does to players

  37. Kooch7800 says:

    I think the habs should go after Jamie Langenbrunner.  He is in his last year, has good offense and defensive skills.  Plus we already have Gomez and Gio and play a defensive systems.  might as well become the devils

  38. Mattyleg says:

    Yeah, but he comes on hungry as hell every shift…

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  39. Kooch7800 says:

    I agree. Eller has been one of our most consistent forwards.  The Gomez line and Plek’s line were bothign playing decent though so I think that is why he only got 6 min

  40. StevieRay says:

    Eller ..only 6 + minutes last nite ..then throw him out on the PK at the end … not fair

  41. likehoy says:

    dustin boyd plays less than 10 minutes a game and manages to be a -6 on a team that’s primarily plus players.

    his role is to keep the other team from scoring first, then contribute if he can.

    compared to moen, moen’s a +2. Pyatt on the other hand, I’m not fan of him so whatever, they’re interchangeable to me.

    – Gomez is holding down the suck button

  42. likehoy says:

    http://www.coloud.com/category/nhl

    NHL style’d headphones.

    The Habs one looks pretty sweet at a reasonable price!

    – Gomez is holding down the suck button

  43. oshawahabsfan says:

    A preview of tonight possibly… Montreal is Thomas’ weakness and Cammy’s due for a hat-trick already

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jPNIxb4XxU

  44. Timo says:

    Oh no you didn’t just say Gomez!

  45. nickster13 says:

    Why is Boyd sent down, hes a good player who hasnt even been given a chance to play, he is more likely to bury it than Moen, Gomez, Pyatt and more


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