Audio: Same old at Habs practice

AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Scott Gomez 1 and 2 | Lars Eller

Pat Hickey reports from Brossard that there was little to report from Brossard. Same line combinations used in practice this morning that head coach Jacques Martin used yesterday, with the New Jersey Devils next up on Thursday at the Bell Centre.

Benoit Pouliot remained on the fourth line, but was skating with Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta on the power play.


  1. habs365 says:

    myself as far as line tinkering goes, this is what I would try if it ‘s not working you can always switch back

    1st line   Cammy,  Pleks,  Halpern

    2nd line  Kostitsyn,  Gomez,  Gionta

    3rd line  Pouliot,  Eller,  Lapierre

    4th line  Moen,  Pyatt,  Boyd


    Try it Coach, This could be what the Doctor ordered.

  2. ddupuis says:

    First let me say it is good to be back, and at age 45, I rememered my username and password!  I was so impressed and I will be spewing my meaningless drival for you all…:)

    Secondly, your post is so bang on – we are 3-1-1 and it feels like we are panic mode (now when I say “we”, I an referring to JM).  Your post is almost word for word, the conversation I had with my wife…well she pretended to listen while I was yapping – that is a conversation right?

    Line 1 – no brainer, leave them alone, play them more if you need more goals.

    Line 2 – Gomez, Gionta and Boyd I think will work great – does everyone relish Boyd as much as I? (or mayne some Trenya – Star Trek joke) Great energy and good skills

    Line 3 – Moen, Pouliot, Lapierre – tell them to hit everything that is in a different color – if you score, great, otherwise, make them hurt!  I’d like them to convince Pouliot that preventing goals and hurting others is very good – I think he would be good at it as he seems to panic when in a scoring position right now.  We need to take the pressure off him.

    Line 4 – Pyatt, Halpern, Eller…let the youngsters have some fun, focus on speed and defensive and give them 12 minutes each…

    Didnt really check positions and all, but very close to the above post…


    And remember…

    They say that marrige is like a deck of cards.  In the beginning, all you need is 2 hearts and a dimond.

    At the end, you wish you had a f’in clud and a spade…:)

    Go Habs!

  3. LA Loyalist says:

    how soon we forget – Carbo switching lines combos every shift…

    that said, I’m inclined to agree with you, with the exception that there are sometimes tactical matchups coaches like to make depending who we are playing.

    that said, my personal inclination is to play open-face sandwich guy (Eller) and Poo (Pouliot) as much as possible in all combinations early in the year to find out what we have there — even at the cost of some short term pain.

    I trust many posters will agree that we don’t want to be waiting for “potential” in March when the trade-deadline is looming and we may – or may not – need to make a move.


    “insert tagline here”

  4. samTHEman says:

    Prefer Lapierre out there with Eller and Pouliot because he’s faster. If you put Moen on the 3rd with Poul and Eller than you would put Lapierre with g-g?

  5. StevieRay says:

    What about Eller,Pouliot and Moen. 3 good size bodies …2 slicksters + one corner guy . Has this been tried to date ? Potentially they have amuch fire power as our second line of G/G/Pyatt. What do you think out there


  6. samTHEman says:

    I like the 3rd line of Pouliot-Eller-Lapierre. They would compliment eachother well. If Boyd isn’t doing well then switch him with Eller or Pouliot ONLY (whichever 1 is doing better on that line).


    Yeah 1st and 4th should stay intact, most of the time. But sometimes you need to make some adjustments depending on the team you’re facing.

  7. habs_101_habs says:

    Is it just me, or does Jacques Martin deliberately try to make line combinations that will put the MOST players in a position to fail?!?! JM will NEVER EVER do the simple thing. To start, he should have gave Pouliot – Gomez -Gionta ten games together to start the season, three games is a slump?!?! He seems to think they are magically going to develop chemistry with someone if he just throws a random grinder on their wing, if anything, they will have a lucky game with someone and produce once, and then it will be another game or two before someone else is there. Pouliot does not have the skills to play bottom 6, thats NOT where he was drafted nor is it where his talent lies, if we are currently winning games on the strength of one line, why not leave the other lines set and try to develop chemistry, if we lose 3 in a row or something THEN switch things up… all this line juggling is nonesense. If JM is suppose to be a great coach why can he not do the simple things. Is it not painfully obvious we have TWO players who have the skillset to play beside G-G??? Pouliot and Eller, GIVE THEM A CHANCE, 2 games doesn’t count!! For some reason- as with most young players- JM refuses to give Eller a chance, therefore he is not being given any hope of succeeding (sticking him on the fourth line) if JM wants to move Eller to the bottom six and demote Pouliot atleast give them SOME HOPE of being successful play Pouliot with Eller and move eller to his natural position in the middle!! The lines should be Cammy- Pleks – AK, Eller/Pouliot – Gomez -Gionta, Boyd- Eller/Pouliot-Lapierre, Pyatt- Halpern-Moen. There is absolutely NO reason to fiddle with the 1st and 4th lines, lets those lines work together for 10-15 games to develop chemistry. Since JM wont do this, move Boyd beside G and G and let Eller play his position!!

    Cammy- Pleks – AK

    Boyd- Gomez -Gionta

    Pouliot – Eller – Lapierre

    Pyatt – Halpern -Moen

    Atleast everyone will be in a position to somewhat succeed. Sorry about the long post, just venting…JM can get soooooooo frustrating.

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