Bourque will return to Habs’ lineup against Coyotes

Rene Bourque, who has been sidelined since suffering an upper-body injury on Dec. 2, took part in the Canadiens’ morning skate Tuesday in Brossard as the team prepared to face the Phoenix Coyotes Tuesday night at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

After the skate, Bourque confirmed to reporters that he will be in the lineup against the Coyotes, skating on a line with Travis Moen and Brandon Prust.

“We will start him on the fourth line and gauge his progress,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien told reporters. “Physically, he is ready to go, it’s just a matter of him getting used to the pace of the game, considering the fact that we haven’t had too much practice time recently due to our busy schedule.”

Francis Bouillon and Ryan White are expected to be the healthy scratches, while George Parros remains sidelined with a concussion. Therrien said that Parros has been working out on a stationary bike and hasn’t been feeling any concussion-related symptoms.

Carey Price will start in goal for the Canadiens.

Here’s how the lines and defence pairings looked at the morning skate:

Galchenyuk – Plekanec – Gionta
Pacioretty – Desharnais – Gallagher
Bournival – Eller – Brière
Bourque – Prust – Moen
White

Markov – Subban
Gorges – Emelin
Murray – Diaz
Bouillon

Tuesday’s game will mark the return of former Hab Mike Ribeiro to Montreal. In 32 games this season, the 33-year-old Ribeiro has 9-17-26 totals – giving him more points than any Canadiens player – and is minus-2. P.K. Subban leads the Canadiens in scoring with 4-21-25 totals.

Ribeiro joined the Coyotes as a free agent last summer, signing a four-year, $22-million contract. Ribeiro spent the 2012-13 season with the Washington Capitals, posting 13-36-49 totals in 48 games, after spending the previous six seasons with the Dallas Stars. In 817 career regular-season games, Ribiero has 195-440-635 totals.

The Canadiens traded Ribeiro to Dallas on Sept. 30, 2006, along with a sixth-round draft pick (Matthew Tassone) in the 2008 NHL entry draft, in exchange for Janne Niinimaa and a fifth-round draft pick (Andrew Conboy) in 2007.

The Coyotes have not played in Montreal since Oct. 25, 2010 and the two teams have not met at all since Nov. 10, 2011.

(Photo by Allen McInnis/The Gazette)

Canadiens vs. Coyotes preview, NHL.com

Game Day report, Canadiens.com

Morning skate interviews (video), Canadiens.com

Game notes, phoenixcoyotes.com

Canadiens brighten day of sick children, by Brenda Branswell

220 Comments

  1. AH says:

    Hi all, does anyone have a good link? mine sucks, thanks in advance!

  2. Habilis says:

    Add Pierre Lebrun to the “Staying With TSN” list. Since losing the NHL, they’ve locked up McKenzie, Dreger, Duthie, Miller and now LeBrun. Oh, and they refused to give up the NHIC theme song. Sour grapes much??

    Unfortunately for us, the result is that the next twelve years of hockey broadcasts are gonna suck because Sportsnet will have second rate crews covering the NHL. Twelve frickin years of Kypreos. Awesome.

  3. Sean Bonjovi says:

    Lars Eller is big and strong, he’s a fast and smooth skater, he’s a great stick handler, and during his time in Montreal his shot has improved from unacceptably-weak to good-enough.

    Lars Eller doesn’t know where he is supposed to be on the ice, and he doesn’t know what to do with the puck, and he’ll likely never learn either of those things IMO. I don’t think he’ll ever become the kind of smart and responsible player Pleks is, or even Bournival or Ryan White for that matter, and he’s less productive than a guy like Max Pacioretty who has his own faults.

    I do think Eller’s skills would make him over-valued in a potential trade though, so I’d like to see him go.

    I think Lars Eller can be a #2 centre on a team that struggles to make the playoffs, but I can’t imagine a team that gives him 1st or 2nd line minutes could get past the first or second round of the playoff on a regular basis.

    • Forum Dog says:

      I respectfully disagree with this. Eller makes mistakes, no question, but he is a young player with a good head for the game. Let him mature, give him top line minutes and some decent wingers, and you will have a player that is a legitimate 2nd line centre on any team. He may not be as cerebral as Plekanec, but he brings a lot of things that Plekanec doesn’t. We’ve seen flashes of a player that is dominant at times, and that is something Plekanec cannot do.

      Any player is tradeable given the right return, but given the direction the Habs are going, I’d hate to see him let go unless the return was very good.

    • christophor says:

      Any kid who, since 22, has been eating up 2nd line quality defensive minutes and has been one of the better PK forwards in the league knows where he is on the ice.

      Goodness.

    • piper says:

      Well I sure hope management doesnt see him the same way as you do. Like Forum Dog I also see him as a good 2nd line centre on any team that can fill in on the top line when needed.
      The team needs more size and speed down the middle so they cant be trading that away.

    • punkster says:

      I think Habs should dump all guys under 25 who have any spark or potential.

      Play old guys only.

      DO IT MB!

      Still SUBBANGIN’ BABY…
      but…
      ELLER IS STELLAR!!!

    • olematelot says:

      Says the guy who thinks Kostitsyn was a better player than Maxpac is.

  4. homerbowen says:

    White has a future while Briere doe not. Once again MT showing poor decision making by choosing blood first. “Off with his head”.

    MB please find a replacment for Parros as he is damaged goods. Find a younger version of Parros just to play against teams like Boston, Toronto, Philly, Ottawa and Buffalo.

    Never say never…DD can be traded (just ask Burke).

    How do you think the Habs will make Gionta disappear at year end (or sooner)?

  5. Timo says:

    Btw, I hope Therrien used that day off productively and came up with a new excuse for after tonight, because the “fatigued” thing isn’t going to fly tonight.

    Perhaps they were over-excited so couldn’t focus and execute well. That sounds pretty good.

  6. Luke says:

    How many games will Clarkson play before his next suspension?

    Will he score a goal before his next suspension?

    • Just a Habs Fan says:

      Boy I felt a big relief when Clarkson signed with the Leafs…what an albatross that contract will be……then he signed Briere and I went back to shaking my head. Now I know that it seems foolish for someone like me to judge a player by watching him on TV and even at that only a few times a year but honestly Clarkson at best is a grinder…with some skill…..much like Prust they are quite similar,,,Briere was a smart player and never had any grit to speak of due to his size and role as a scorer but he is too long in the tooth to keep producing. MB was rolling the dice on Briere and he lost big time.

      • Steven says:

        Unfair to compare Clarkson to Prust. Although they’re of similar ilk, Clarkson has scored 30 twice(or was it that he was on pace for 30 last year…) while Prust has never topped something like 12. Their game is similar but Clarkson is much better offensively at least.

        That being said, he’s grossly overpaid, and I’m glad the Montreal Canadiens aren’t the team saddled with that contract.

  7. HabsFansince49 says:

    I feel bad for Eller. MT must have an exit plan for Lars. Perhaps MB has another trade in mind – get rid of Eller and bring in another smurf. I think Gomez is available. Tonight Eller is saddled with Briere. Good Lord! At least he has Bournival; the other Flyers cast-off is worse than useless.

    • Timo says:

      Yep. Imagine Eller if he had 2 established solid wingers?

    • christophor says:

      Contrary to what The_Truth says below, Eller has produced when he’s had good wingers, and the lines did not change because Eller wasn’t producing. They were changed because the team couldn’t survive an offensively inept Desharnais, which is exactly what he was for almost 20 games. The team sacrificed Eller’s offensive role (by taking his wingers and giving him tougher minutes) to try to get Desharnais going in the only role he can possibly fill: offence. Eller is very valuable defensively when he’s not producing (PK, line matching) but Desharnais is an anchor when he’s not producing.

      I don’t think this can continue. Eventually, the team will want its scoring wingers with Galchenyuk. They won’t want them propping up Desharnais due to his lack of versatility.

      The thing is, even though Desharnais’ set-up to succeed offensively is built on Eller’s (and Plekanec’s) back (i.e. easier minutes, better wingers, and more offensive zone starts), Eller (and Plekanec) puts up way better possession numbers, which very strongly correlate with success over larger samples. Also, Eller really outproduces Desharnais on the PP (per minute), which is somewhat telling because it’s a situation where extenuating differences between the two are more controlled (e.g. toughness/easiness of minutes isn’t as much a factor on the PP). The sad thing is that Pacioretty is a possession driver and is wasted on an exploitation line. It should sit uncomfortably that Pacioretty is a dominant PKer but then is placed into easier 5v5 minutes (though with the caveat of having to carry his line).

      (sorry for all the edits/additions)

  8. Timo says:

    Jim, happy posts will be coming on Friday.

  9. Danno says:

    Has George Parros indicated one way or another if he is considering retiring before he gets concussed one time too many? Yes it’s a touchy subject, but has anyone from the media asked him yet?

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  10. B says:

    It’s nice to see a Bulldog on the page when I look at the AHL scoring leaders. St.Pierre now 16th in AHL scoring, a point per game player in his 24 games. Thomas has .9 ppg in his limited 10 games (Kristo BTW has .83 ppg so far).

    Grégoire with 2 goals and an assist last night is back on the first page of the Q scoring leaders with 38 points.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  11. B says:

    Friday 10:00 AM, Canada vs Finland in a WJC warm up. Looking forward to seeing Artturi Lehkonen in action.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  12. galchenyuk27 says:

    What do you guys think of trading fucale, diaz for cammy and david jones they are desperate for a goalie and a d maybe instead of fucale if it was possible trading them tokarski instead, but I doubt that would happen.

  13. B says:

    Top 5 TOI among Hab’s forwards:
    Plekanec 671:43
    Gionta 611:20
    Eller 606:56
    Gallagher 550:00
    Galchenyuk 531:33

    Top 5 TOI/G among forwards:
    Plekanec 19:11
    Pacioretty 18:05
    Gionta 17:58
    Eller 17:20
    Gallagher 16:10

    –Go Habs Go!–

  14. galchenyuk27 says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozDDYcyrCNE
    Watch this video its to funny. This is what hockey players are coming to these days.

  15. The_Truth says:

    This talk of eller being our 1st line center, I just don’t get. The guy just doesn’t have the offensive production to fit that role and IMO never will. He nowhere near has the skills of a Pleks.

    He has 1 goal and 3 assists in 15 games and never had more than 16 goals in his career. He wouldn’t even be a number one center on Buffalo, why in Montreal?

    He has more ice time this year than DD and Chucky and 40 seconds less than Max and 1:50 less than Pleks. The guy has been given good wingers and opportunity to succeed. He just isn’t that kind of player. I like him where he is as a defensive, penalty killing 3rd line center who can chip in some offense. I don’t know what you guys see, but he is no way a number 1 center and for me an averge 2nd center at best.

    • Steeltown Hab says:

      He’s a 2nd line center. Give him Pacioretty Gallagher for 10 games.

      He tore it up with Galchenyuk Gallagher and still doesn’t get PP time.

      ———————————

      Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Emelin, Bournival, De La Rose – @J_Perez22

      • The_Truth says:

        He has had plenty of good wingers outside of Patches and wasn’t producing. If he was, the lines would not have changed and he would be getting more PP time. He was getting PP time at the start of the year and wasn’t producing enough. He had a hot start, but died offensively after 3 weeks. Not really out of character for him either.

        He isn’t an adept passer and doesn’t score much, but is physical and getting to be a good defensive player, even though his +/- doesn’t reflect that. He can chip in offensively at times and kills penalties too. Looks like a great 3rd line center to me.

        • christophor says:

          “He has had plenty of good wingers outside of Patches and wasn’t producing. If he was, the lines would not have changed ”

          This isn’t true for the reasons mentioned in the discussion further up.

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      “He has more ice time this year than DD ”

      But DD is ALWAYS on the ice on account of being French. I read it right here on H I/O.

      But you’re right – the numbers do show that DD is 3rd in TOI/G among centres.

      That would make him the 3rd line centre. But that can’t be – because I read that he’s the main cause of our problems. 90% of the posts say you can’t win with DD, trade DD, etc …

      • Steeltown Hab says:

        Despite there friendship, 3 other centers on this squad could get more out of Pacioretty Gallagher.

        ———————————

        Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Emelin, Bournival, De La Rose – @J_Perez22

        • The_Truth says:

          Says you, but I don’t think so and I’m sure others don’t as well. Max has been doing very good since he and DD reunited. Eller doesn’t have DD’s passing skills to compliment Max i don’t think.

          • Steeltown Hab says:

            Desharnais sucks if you can’t easily see them from watching 100+ games of this guy, you can’t evaluate what is a good hockey player. ITS SO OBVIOUS. The guy had 1 pt this yr in 19 games without pacioretty. How do you not accidentally get 2, if you’re not completely garbage.

            ———————————

            Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Emelin, Bournival, De La Rose – @J_Perez22

      • Cal says:

        That’s Average Time On Ice. You should check out his numbers right after a game lately. Way too much time for too little of, well…everything.

    • FlyAngler says:

      DD has more PP time than either Plekanec or Eller and yet he has only 3 points on the PP. This despite the fact that he is usually out there with Pacioretty- and frequently with the first unit. This is a total WASTE. I would rather see Prust out there than DD- at least he is big and goes to the net. Briere would be better as well as he has much better hockey instincts than DD.

      “Elever le flambeau!…Raise the Torch!”

    • Forum Dog says:

      Eller has just as much (if not more) offensive skill as Plekanec, as well as size and aggressiveness you can’t teach. Pleks, God love him, didn’t play his first NHL season until he was 23, and put up about .40 points per game until he was 25.

      Eller played a full season at 21, and last year at 23 he put up points at a rate of .65. And that was with marginal minutes and little PP time. Eller > Plekanec. Maybe not currently, but in terms of upside, most definitely.

  16. mark-ID says:

    What would people think about trying to land Blake Wheeler, to try to bring in more offense?

    He is 27yrs old. 6’4 205lbs. Plays right wing. He has a contract until 2018’19 with a cap hit of 5.6mil.

    Not sure what it would take to get him, but I feel like he might be a little easier to pry away then say Kane.

    He could hopefully be a replacement for Gionta by the end of this season. Or put him on a line with MaxPac.

    Thoughts?

    “I think I may have found a way for us to get Griffey and Bonds, and we really won’t have to give up much” -Costanza

    • HabinBurlington says:

      If the goal of the team is to make a trade to bring in a true front line scorer, then Wheeler does not fit the bill. I don’t mind him, he is actually impressing me with his play in Winnipeg.

      But to me he is another type of player we have already. Decent scorer, not physically abrasive, good skater. He happens to be tall, but doesn’t play a physical agressive game.

      If we are going to go acquire players, lets get a player who has dynamics presently missing from our core. Thus the reason many (including myself) are drooling at a player like Evander Kane.

      • Kooch7800 says:

        if there would be a trade in the Peg I would hope it is for Kane. I agree with Burly that Wheeler is playing well we need a scorer with some edge for the top 6

        “Keep your stick on the Ice”

  17. zephyr says:

    don’t understand the vilification of dd. he’s small but the guy competes every game. he’s a gifted playmaker & he’s actually great on the boards. he’s so strong & low that he wins more than his share of those battles. I think we can have room for a couple of guys that size – Gallagher being the other. gionta has been playing well but he’s old & an ufa. briere is toast. that’s the problem – gionta & briere are old, small & unproductive.
    I doubt we can win in the playoffs with softies like diaz & georges on d. we can afford 1 softish guy in markov because he’s also a pp qb but we need some size & strength after that. I’m hoping pateryn &/or tinordi are up b4 the season’s over.
    I doubt we’ll ever be able to trade briere. gionta & diaz won’t fetch much either. prob is we don’t have any promising size up front in Hamilton either. tarnasky might be worth a look. he can’t do any worse than parros.
    this roster does fairly well in the regular season but until those probs are solved, we’re going to suffer in the playoffs.

  18. galchenyuk27 says:

    Forgot we gave up Ribeiro for nothing.

  19. Danno says:

    I want more BORK and less Bourque.

    I also want more MOAN and less Moen.

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  20. sheds88 says:

    clealy we need a change. who is the first to be moved that has some value ?

    • Luke says:

      I think the only players on the NHL roster that have enough value to be used in a significant deal, like a “BLAMMO! Holy Poop!” kinda deal are:

      (I am not getting rid of Galchenyuk, Price or PK – But I will if the return is amazing).

      Plekanec, Pacioretty, Gallagher, Eller up front and Markov (so some extent at the back). Maybe Bournival or Emelin.

      Trading anyone else would amount (IMO) to shuffling deck chairs.
      And some of them might not even fetch you a deck chair.

  21. sweetmad says:

    Sorry to see White sitting,he plays so hard,I was reading about how we would miss him if he left,I think we would feel a little bit like the Rags do about Prust.

    I like Bourque and I think he has been one of our better forwards as well,hope he’s not on the 4th for too long.
    GO HABS GO

  22. DipsyDoodler says:

    Hey punkster – are you around? Check this out. Bill Evans playing in someone’s home in Finland.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7K2VxqOt9oA

  23. krob1000 says:

    For what it is worth Eklund has Habs looking at Del Zotto for Diaz and a prospect?

  24. Kooch7800 says:

    The leafs are still paying for a Darcy Tucker buyout…that made me laugh

    “Keep your stick on the Ice”

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I see the humour, but also they will soon be done with that, which goes to show that you can buyout a player and still pretty much make your roster work.

      This is why, if indeed it turns out that either one of Briere or DD is bought out next year, the team will survive. What is key is that neither player cost us draft picks or prospects to acquire. Despite all the doom and gloom of a capworld, teams can make do with 1 -2 million in buyout contracts on their books. Especially moving forward with an increasing salary cap.

      • Kooch7800 says:

        A DD buyout would hurt a bit cause of the term. Briere buyout I think will be coming. A prospect in his place makes more sense

        “Keep your stick on the Ice”

        • Habfan10912 says:

          Perhaps Briere may make himself available for future torch ceremonies.

          • Kooch7800 says:

            I hear he makes a mean Latte and Timo says good massages. The things we don’t see on the ice sometimes make the biggest difference

            “Keep your stick on the Ice”

        • HabinBurlington says:

          It would hurt a bit, but not life threatening. I guess the gist of my point is that with an increasing cap, having a buyout on the books isn’t the end of the world.

          If indeed after this season MB recognizes what this team needs moving forward and if that requires the removal of DD from the roster and a trade cannot be done, this isn’t the worst thing to have happen.

          This isn’t meant as a “hate DD” post, but rather just sayin’ that buyouts aren’t as crippling as often believed to be.

    • habsguru says:

      sooooooo, he’s not available?

  25. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Cheap reclamation project that might be worth pursuing?

    Friedman says the Oilers are trying to trade Omark.

    For a team that needs a pure goalscorer, it might be worth the risk.

  26. DickandDanny says:

    I like these lines. I think this may be the best combinations we have iced yet. At least MT broke up the Brier, Pac, and DD line which was useless. I also don’t know why so many people on here dislike Bourque. I think at times he has been one of our best forwards this year.

    “A cannonading blast from the wing, by Lafleur”

    • bwoar says:

      The only thing wrong with Bourque is that he doesn’t bring ‘it’ every shift. When he does, he’s an effective player. I think I’d like him around come playoff time.

      “thoroughbred”

  27. habsguru says:

    watching the buds lose last night was great. Kadri took a run at Crosby, 87 didn’t like so he smacked him in the back of the head. after his 2 minutes served, comes out and lights the lamp. hope our captain watched that game.

  28. Maritime Ronn says:

    A lot of really great posts this AM on the last thread, yet my vote for THE best post/follow-up goes to a member of last summer’s ‘Morning Crew’ – The 60 day Habs Sweater count down partner Mavid:
    ————–
    Mavid says:
    (to poster Luke)….your my kinda man…I love cheese, bread, and cold meat..
    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

    …to which Seinfeldian TIMO responds:
    ” I was gonna say something but I think I am better of not…

    Bripro concluded with these words of wisdom:
    ” You managed all of those cheeses for $15? Seriously? Was the cashier blind?”
    ———-
    HIO is so beautiful, and possesses some brilliant writers that may even be (certainly) the envy of Larry David or even Winston Groom (Forest Gump).

  29. goaliehabsfan says:

    I don’t like the decision to sit White. It’s replacing size with size, not to mention removing one of the top face off guys for our team, and an effective penalty killer. I think the 4th line has been pretty effective this season, and don’t see a reason to split it up. I’d rather have seen briere taken out of the line up for Bourque. This replaces one of our smallest wingers with some size in our top 9, which is where it’s needed.

    My prediction is that briere ends up on the 4th line by the end of the game making it less effective, while Bourque takes his place in the top 9 anyway.

  30. Sportfan says:

    Its funny cause DD is half the siez of Clarkson and so is his contract! THATS WHY LEAF FANS ARE COMPARING IT D:

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    • HabinBurlington says:

      Leafs fans weren’t comparing the contracts, I was.

      • Sportfan says:

        Aww you ruined my fun :( sorry for misinterpreting

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      • Kooch7800 says:

        Clarkson contract is much more substantial in term and dollars. I am shocked at how bad he is playing in Toronto. He is way over paid and should be in the 5 mill per season range and the term is way too long. Have to love free agency.

        He does have skills though and would be good on our roster but we don’t have the cap space nor would the habs want that contract. Hopefully the Leafs can’t afford Mason Raymond next year. He is a good hockey player

        “Keep your stick on the Ice”

  31. DipsyDoodler says:

    HIO Guy: “Hey Michel Therrien is that you?”
    Michel Therrien (testily): “Yes.”
    HG: “Gotta second?”
    MT (more testily): “Not really.”
    HG: ” Because I have some suggestions for you.”
    MT (stops dead): “Oh yeah, why should I listen to you?”
    HG: “Well… I watch a lot of hockey.”
    MT (incredulous): “Really”
    HG: “No, I mean a LOT of hockey. NHL, AHL, junior, midget. I saw Gretzky play when he was like 17 and I told all my buddies he was the real deal… I was there when Mario made scored his first junior goal, hey … Michel … hey slow down, where are you going?”

  32. Timo says:

    Kevin Dineen is the new coach for Female Canada hockey team.

  33. HabinBurlington says:

    So fans in T.O. are starting to think they gave Clarkson a bad bad contract. Fans in Montreal are starting to think they gave DD a bad bad contract.

    Perhaps a change of venue for these players?

    http://www.thestar.com/sports/leafs/2013/12/17/leafsbeat_is_clarkson_the_new_murphy_phaneufs_contract_demands.html?

  34. Timo says:

    Burly, why can’t I b!tch? I need some guidelines here.

  35. Shane1313 says:

    Pumped for the game tonight.

    Anyone else think Eller should be in a better position than 3rd line center?

    I really would want to see him get more ice time than Desharnais, I wonder when that will happen. I feel like he would peak if he was given the confidence and the position.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      3rd line Centre though you should get weaker competition so your offense should be helped. MT does give more minutes for the line that is playing well. I just wish Bourque was back on that line

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

      • Shane1313 says:

        Ya no doubt for Bourque.
        I just think it’s a confidence thing with Eller, remember when they mentioned he sees a sports psych. And he got married when he was 19, haha maybe that’s looking into it a lot. But he’s a different kid, and when you see him play physical and fast – he can be scary. Hopefully he gets consistent.

        • Kooch7800 says:

          He is been pretty physical this season and I think with the right wingers he will be pretty decent offensively. the kid line was clicking pretty well and I would be ok with them put back together and force some of the vets to get out of their funk

          “Keep your stick on the Ice”

    • Habfan10912 says:

      The top 3 centers on this team should be Galchenyuk, Eller and Pleks.

      • Kooch7800 says:

        Pleks should still be the top Jim. He is the best all round centre we have currently.

        “Keep your stick on the Ice”

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Bergeron is better all around that Krejci, but Krejci centers their number 1 line. Plex should be on our 2nd or 3rd line with Eller or Galchenyuk as our first line center.

          #1 Line center is supposed to be best offensive upside, so I suppose DD is our #1 for now.

          • Kooch7800 says:

            Pleks has the most points out of all of our centres (tied with Chucky) who is not currently playing centre. I would be ok with Chucky being the number one centre but I think they really need to push him into playing centre period first.

            Eller really needs to find some consistency in production. He currently is not playing like a number one centre. In saying that he isn’t given the same PP time or opportunities that DD gets which he is better suited for. My only thinking is they are trying to get DD’s production up so they could trade him but I think that is wishful thinking

            “Keep your stick on the Ice”

          • galchenyuk27 says:

            Im okay with Pleks not being on our number 1 line remember Forsberg in colarado he was always number 2 to sakic and drury was there 3rd line center. Although Pleks Gally and Eller are not them. but no one complained about Forsberg being number 2 center and drury being number 3.

    • CF says:

      Eller not getting as much time as Desharnais is an absolute crime. The guy is sooo much better. Would not happen on any other team. DD may not make any other team in the league.

  36. Bill says:

    Anyone else feel like the Habs have been playing a lot more dump and chase lately? When they were rolling, it seemed like they were carrying the puck more; now, it seems like they are mainly chipping it around. Subban especially has not been carrying the puck as much as he was doing before. I wonder if the team’s scoring problems could be related to that?

    • krob1000 says:

      “they are a grinding team…accept it”. That was what MT told them in 24 ch…was a bit surprised actually to hear him say it…kind of a slap in your offensive face of you take it the wrong way. I think he menat to get dirty and go to dirty areas but if he truly believes the team is a grinding teamt hen theya re in trouble and no wonder Patches, Briere and Dd look like fish out of water at times.They do not ahve the bodies to retrieve all the time…I get teh chip and chase sometimes and when teams are standing you up, but it requires puck support and can mean a phsyical pounding…you may be first to the puck but that means youa re also the one with your body getting pasted to the boards and glass.

    • Shane1313 says:

      It seems like it. That’s why I think guys like Eller, Galchy and PK should have free reign and be able to carry more. The dump and chase all the time stifles their confidence

  37. scavanau says:

    I’ve never predicted before but…

    I think Ribiero will have something to do with the outcome of this game.

  38. Bob_Sacamano says:

    With our goal scoring trouble of late, why not play your best six forwards on the first two lines? Oh, I forgot it´s not allowed to play DD with any other LW than Pacioretty.

    Sitting White instead of Briere or Desharnais also doesn´t feel right at all. I guess Murray and Bouillon both have to be injured to see a decent 6th dman playing for the Habs this season.

    It´s quite sad. This is the third best team in a weak conference and we could so easily be significantly better.

  39. Habitoba says:

    Would hope Bournival got the bench this time around instead of White. Hopefully this game will get Bourque back in the groove of things and back with Gionta and Pleks with White back in there too for the next one.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      You are not alone in your affection for White. I guess I don’t see what many here do. I think he’s a marginal NHL’er at best. Bornival on the other hand can do all of the hockey things that White does at a much higher level. I’ve been disappointed at how MT has used him so far this season.

      • goaliehabsfan says:

        I think white is developing into a great 4th line center. He’s good at face offs, on the PK, can drop the gloves when needed (if he’s in his own weight class). He may still have some learning to do, but I think as long as that’s what your expecting of him, he fulfills his role very well.

  40. bwoar says:

    Also, here’s an early prediction for fun:

    Christian Thomas will be the new Danny Kristo. Remember last summer, some people were slotting in Kristo as 3rd RW (even back to the previous summer in fact, not knowing Gallagher would step up.) I think by the first week of August, we’ll see Thomas in a few mock lineups.

    Also, fearless prediction: Thomas scorers more career NHL points than Kristo. Like, double the points.

    “thoroughbred”

  41. Luke says:

    Bri,

    Sorry for taunting/teasing you with the cheese.

    However, now I think that tonight’s meal may be a big ol’ pile of Proscuitto, some cheese and wine while watching the Habs absolutely demolish the Coyotes!

    [2-0, Goals by DD & DB (EN)]

  42. bwoar says:

    Bourque will score tonight. Good to see him back in the lineup.

    “thoroughbred”

  43. Old Bald Bird says:

    The players were being so disingenuous in that vid. 8O

    But really, clips like this make a grampa’s eyes tear up. Poor little tykes.

  44. D Man says:

    I used to be 6’4′ with size 13 shoes. Now I’m 6’2′ with size 15 shoes. I can only hope this trend stops now!

    You can’t be both a Habs and a Leafs fan

  45. gmoan says:

    I hate being a habs fan sometimes…

  46. Scout says:

    Another shutout tonight. Maybe we get a goal, likely won’t. This group of forwards is soooo soff they make the Royale white kittens in that toilet paper commercial look tough.

  47. silverfox says:

    Janne Niinamaa is where? Yoddling up in the Swiss alps somewhere.

  48. shiram says:

    How many teams have a fourth line that takes up more than 7 millions on the cap? Habs do for tonight!

    • Walmyr says:

      and you know…Briere could end this game centering the fourth line…

      yet….we used to have Gomez centering our fourth line a couple of seasons ago…So we are better now……….I suppose………..

      CHeers

  49. HabinBurlington says:

    One thing I don’t like about White sitting is Bissonnette dressing for the Yotes. I worry Prust engages in a dance with him. Would prefer White or Moen be the one go with him.

  50. Steeltown Hab says:

    Briere was actually working on Pleks line.. why keep him there?

    White having a great season…but has to be the one to sit out for Bourque…

    Aside from DD-Pacioretty-Gallagher all the lines will get shambled anyway after the first.

    ———————————

    Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Emelin, Bournival, De La Rose – @J_Perez22

    • Bill says:

      Agreed, these lines won’t last more than a couple of shifts each.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

    • shiram says:

      Therrien is indeed a line shuffling coach, though he seems like keeping pairs of players together.
      Might as well get used to it.

    • Luke says:

      Not sure I’d go so far as calling White’s season “great.”

      He’s an interchangeable 4th line guy… just like… Umm… y’know… that guy in Minnesota.

      • Habsolutely says:

        Any chance you get to bash Whitey you jump eh?

        • Luke says:

          Haha… perhaps.

          I wasn’t ‘bashing’ White but rather being honest about his role on the team. If 2 assists in 28 games is a “great” season, we need a new definition of “great.”

          I actually like White. Like Parros, he seems like a solid guy off the ice.

          Most of my White posts, I think, are more along the lines of “I wish he had more offense, because there are grinders out there who can score 5 goals or 15 points a season and do exactly what White does defensively.”

          White is what he is. An interchangeable 4th liner. You only know his name because he is a Hab.

          It’s hard to find another player in the league with his number of games played and so few points, with the exception of true heavyweights. Granted, he’s a solid enough player on the PK and doesn’t hurt the team defensively, but he’s by no means a shut down guy either…

          Do you think White’s season has been “great”?

          • Habsolutely says:

            I think White has had a pretty damn good season. He improved his play exponentially from last year. I think he’s an above average 4th liner. Most 4th liners are one dimensional, they may fight but don’t do much else. Whitey fights, he’s a good face off man and he’s trusted enough by Therrien that he kills penalties. I know it would never happen, but I’d wager if Whitey got the same minutes as DD or Briere he’d probably start potting a few goals. I don’t really expect goals from him though. He’s a 4th liner with limited ice time so he’s not gonna rack up a lot of goals. I think he’s a great 4th line center. I can’t really think of another 4th line center in the league who I would take over Whitey. Plus he seems like a really nice guy, and a good guy in the room…

          • Luke says:

            And that’s fair.

            I thought we were allowed to disagree here, or do I have to fall inline with the HIO police because my opinion doesn’t jive with theirs?

            Anyways, I’ve said something similar about White: He’s solid defenisvely and can kill penalties. You are right, he has toned down the gong show of last season. I just wish he could contribute the occassional offense (and I’m now calling for him to score both Hab goals tonight).

            The problem with a guy like White is that he can be replaced. Do you think… oh say a David Steckell instead of White would make the Habs any worse? Jay McClement (the Leafs 4th line centre) would be a spectacular upgrade, and only cost $~500,00K more.
            How about Matt Hendricks?

            Truthfully though, arguing about 4th liners is meaningless. They aren’t the guys that make or break a team.

          • Habsolutely says:

            You’re welcome to your opinion, but I just noticed that you consistently try to diminish his worth to the team. How about we discuss how bad Briere and DD need to start scoring to help the team instead of going after Whitey all the time?

          • Luke says:

            HAHA… you want to START discussing Briere and DD?

            Yah, go ahead, that topic hasn’t been touched yet.

  51. SPATS says:

    Fun with lines… why let MT have all the fun?

    PPP Stutter step line – Pacioretty, Pleks, Prust
    Flying french names line – Bourque, DD, Bournival
    New 3 stooges line – Larry, Moe and Chucky
    Smurf line 2.0 – Gally, Gio, Briere

    We’ve tried everything else non?

    OOH AAH – ULTRAMAN’S ON THE WARPATH
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc_kqPcRVIo!

  52. Sportfan says:

    I’m seeing a bunch of weird lines tonight aren’t -_-

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  53. krob1000 says:

    Would rather see Briere center that 4th and Prust play with Eller and Bournival…that would be an energy/scoring line if ever there was one…Eller-Bournival-Prust. Briere gets to play center, Bourque gets an offensive center and Moen holds the fort defensively.

  54. Alex_425 says:

    We’re… saved?

    But I’m no expert….

  55. HabinBurlington says:

    Hello? Oh this has to mean we win tonight!!!!

    Woot Woot!

    Bourque back in, Murray still in, this lineup looks decent.

    Timo can’t bitch his boy toy DD is still in the lineup as well.

    • krob1000 says:

      Burly do you have a 2nd monitor constantly refreshing? you are the Micahel Jordan of HIO first posts.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I had just got back to desk and voila!

        • krob1000 says:

          oh you are one of those guys..you get up from your desk! While I just sit here and gain weight and let my body rot? you think you are better than me? because you celebrate Festivus? Krob doesn’t celebrate Festivus, Krob likes Christmas so no more replies for you! You sir are a “one upper” (that’s the Seinfeld episode that should have been!)

    • Sportfan says:

      I’ll be there so they have a high chance of winning :D

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    • Bripro says:

      Woot woot?
      Really Gerry?
      Did you not mock me the first time I posted that exclamation?
      So you really would like to be like me, but are too embarrassed to admit it….

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I have noticed as i am getting older I am not as tall as I once was. Therefore I suppose indeed I am trying to be more like you. ;-)

        • Bripro says:

          Woot woot!
          That’s something to celebrate!
          Besides (smarty pants), if you’re to be short like me, it’s God’s will.
          He wants Timo to comment on your physical prowess (or lack thereof…).

          • HabinBurlington says:

            CHeers bud, hey you still planning on being in my neck of the woods over the Christmas break?

          • Bripro says:

            Sorry I haven’t answered you on that.
            I’m still waiting for Lisa to make up her mind.
            No, in all seriousness, most of the co-workers of her dep’t will be off over the holidays.
            She has to run 9 companies on her own.
            I don’t think we’ll end up going. But I promise to keep you posted.
            I’d love to bad-mouth all of your “Leafs’ friends”.
            It might have to go to next year, after they’ve had their parade.
            Cheers buddy!

    • Timo says:

      Sorry… I am not following. Why can’t I b!tch?

      • Habsolutely says:

        Because the HIO police don’t like it. You must alter your opinion to jive with their’s or you will continue to be an outcast. This is the HIO borg collective. No dissenting opinions will be allowed.


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