Coach Therrien gives Habs players rest before playoffs

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien continued with his strategy to give his players some rest before the playoffs start next week by having only an optional morning skate in Chicago before Wednesday night’s game against the Blackhawks (7:30 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

George Parros and Dale Weise were the only skaters to take to the ice, along with goaltenders Peter Budaj and Dustin Tokarski, who was called up from the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs on Tuesday to replace Carey Price. Budaj will start against the Blackhawks.

Price didn’t make the trip to Chicago and neither did defencemen Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin. All three were given a rest with back-to-back games on the schedule and the New York Islanders visiting the Bell Centre Thursday night (7:30 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690). The Canadiens will wrap up the regular season Saturday night at the Bell Centre against the New York Rangers.

“Nothing has changed for us,” Therrien said. “We’re going to Chicago to win. We want to play good hockey; inspired, solid hockey. We want to continue preparing for the playoffs and win the most games possible.”

Defenceman Josh Gorges will return to the Habs lineup after being sidelined since early March with a broken hand. Max Pacioretty needs one goal to become the Canadiens’ first 40-goal scorer since Vincent Damphousse in 1993-94.

Here’s how the lines and defence pairings are expected to look against the Blackhawks:

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

Pacioretty-Desharnais-Vanek
Galchenyuk-Plekanec-Gallagher
Bourque-Eller-Gionta
Bournival-Briere-White

Gorges-Subban
Tinordi-Weaver
Bouillon-Beaulieu

(Photo by Allen McInnis/The Gazette)

Habs vs. Blackhawks preview, NHL.com

Game notes

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Original Six showdown, Chicagoblackhawks.com

Journey back to Douglas Murray’s childhood in Sweden (video), Canadiens.com

Getting to know Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (video), Chicagoblackhawks.com

Lightning goalie Bishop injured in victory, Tampa Bay Times

Playoff-clinching scenarios, NHL.com

Bobby Hull discusses auro of playing at old Forum, Chicagoblackhawks.com

Leafs fans outraged as team misses playoffs for eighth time in nine years, Toronto Star

Only questions remain for Maple Leafs, Toronto Sun

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198 Comments

  1. Un Canadien errant says:

    Justin Bourne’s “Thoughts on Thoughts” column, in which he piggybacks/comments on Elliotte Friedman’s “30 Thoughts”.

    http://blogs.thescore.com/nhl/2014/04/08/thoughts-on-thoughts-evander-kane-too-valuable-for-jets-to-give-up-on/

    ———————————————————————–
    My sources are unreliable, but their info is fascinating.–Woody Paige

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  2. DipsyDoodler says:

    Burly – are you watching the Bayern Munich – Man Utd game?

    After an early scare Bayern are in complete control (3-1 with 10 min left). Robben is phenomenal.

    —–
    Moving. Forward.

    • jimmy shaker says:

      From a high to a low……the roller coaster is in full effect today. What a strike though! BM too much for united.

      Shaker out!

    • Walmyr says:

      Guardiola is amazing. Bayern Munich this season is even better than last season (when they won everything). You didn’t ask to me (sorry about that…) but I’m watching Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona!

  3. stevieray says:

    so…do we get to PK on the PK tonite ?

  4. NoTinFoilCups says:

    A few weeks ago, after we acquired Vanek and Weaver, the talk here was who would be let go because we would be over the roster limit once everyone came back off the injury list. IIRC Bournival got sent down on a reconditioning stint, Drewiske cleared waivers? Is there an expanded roster limit for the post season?

  5. Ian Cobb says:

    Both Chicago and Montreal will be resting a lot of players. We only need 3 points out of our remaining 6 possible points to rap up home advantage, me things.!

  6. HabinBurlington says:

    Apparantly Leiweke has reached out to Shanahan to see if interested in being President of the Maple Leafs.

  7. SteverenO says:

    Therrien”s line combos; genius or foolish?

    None can argue with the 1st line of Pacioretty, Desharnais, Vanek.
    at even strength they have played as trio for 145 minutes during which the Habs have scored 15 goals and allowed only 9.

    The scoring rate of one goal every 9min:40seconds is incredible and probably cannot be sustained, but lets hope they can ride the hot streak for a while.

    The goals allowed rate of one GA every 16 minutes is also quite high and hopefully they will improve defensively in the playoffs.

    The second line that Therrien is currently running is Plekanec between the two Gallys.

    If Therrien is a genius this line is a “smokescreen” and come playoff time Therrien will surprise the opposition and deploy a second line of Briere / Plekanec/ Gionta.

    If he is foolish he will go into the playoffs with Plek and the two Gallys.

    here why:

    line combo ; ES TOI Goals scored MPGF ; Goal allowed/MPGA
    27-14-11: 181 (mins) ;11 GA (16.5 MPGF) : 1 GA avg=180 MPGA
    48-14-21: 105 (mins) 6 GA ( 17.5 MPGF): 4 GA avg= 26 MPGA

    In plain words, when Plek plays in the Gally sandwich the team has allowed goals at a rate 7 times more frequently than when Plek has played between Briere and Gionta. The offensive production is almost the same

    Should Therrien be a genius and go with his seasons best two way line as the number two line in the playoffs- I will hail him as a genius and believe that the team will go as far as their talent takes them in the playoff run (as for as forward lines are concerned- defense airings to be discussed in a future post). The third and 4th line could be made up as follows:

    3rd line:

    Prust/Gally 27/ Gally 11 (Bournival if Prust cannot play.

    4th Line:

    Bournival -Eller-Bourque
    ( Weise -White -Moen-Parros on standby)

    Personally I would not even consider the EGG line in the playoffs, while they got off to a good start, their overall numbers for the season have not been all that good: 207 minutes ES & GF and 8 GA. avg+= 29 MPGF (minutes per goal scored) and 26 MPGA.

    So what say you all… genius or foolish?
    regards,

    Steve O.

    • Timo says:

      Of course, genius. Everything that Michael Therrien touches turns gold. Michael Therrien doesn’t do random – there is always a target, an objective.

    • Ian Cobb says:

      Great post Steve, if you figures are correct, you should send them to Therrien, I do not know if he knows or not.!! Good stuff!

    • shiram says:

      I don’t think Therrien is a genius, nor is he foolish, as you say.

      But he can make foolish decisions and genius ones.

      That said, let’s wait for the results before calling him on his decision.

    • B says:

      I believe the lines will continue to be adjusted according to how the game is going during the playoff just as they have been during regular season games.

      –Go Habs Go!–

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      1. OK is it just me or does this:

      line combo ; ES TOI Goals scored MPGF ; Goal allowed/MPGA
      27-14-11: 181 (mins) ;11 GA (16.5 MPGF) : 1 GA avg=180 MPGA
      48-14-21: 105 (mins) 6 GA ( 17.5 MPGF): 4 GA avg= 26 MPGA

      not make sense?

      2. Genius is for people like Bobby Fischer and JS Bach. There aren’t any geniuses in hockey.

      —–
      Moving. Forward.

      • krob1000 says:

        I think the 11GA abd 6GA are actually suppoesed to be goals for. The 1 and 4 GA are goals against.

      • twilighthours says:

        “A genius is a person who displays exceptional intellectual ability, creativity, or originality, typically to a degree that is associated with the achievement of an unprecedented leap of insight. This may refer to a particular aspect of an individual, or the individual in his or her entirety; to a scholar in many subjects (e.g. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz or Leonardo da Vinci or Marie Curie)[1] or a scholar in a single subject (e.g., Albert Einstein or Charles Darwin). There is no scientifically precise definition of genius, and the question of whether the notion itself has any real meaning has long been a subject of debate.”

        Geniuses in hockey for sure.

  8. B says:

    Crisp’s first pro goal was scored on his 20th birthday:

    https://twitter.com/Connorcrispp/status/453701715548569600/photo/1

    –Go Habs Go!–

  9. Luke says:

    Montreal and Chicago both have 45 wins.
    Interesting…

    (Yes, yes quality of conference etc… but still interesting).

  10. Timo says:

    Is Lupul still out for the rest of the regular season?

  11. emann_222 says:

    Well despite the tons of criticism MT has taken all year – I like this move to leave Price, Markov, and Emelin in Montreal for a rest. With Gorges being back in the line-up, and seeing how well Budaj is playing, it seems to me to be a good move.

    Kane and Teows being out prob helps with the decision as well. I don’t know what the intensity level will be like in Chicago tonight, but the team should be bringing their all considering the home ice advantage situation with the Lightning knocking out the Laffs yesterday.

    Pre-game post here: http://t.co/fj5UABdpYL Thanks to @allhabsallday on Twitter from the #BBBR crew.

    Visit me at http://www.bleedbleublancrouge.com

  12. shiram says:

    Apparently Bishop was hurt to his right wrist since January, this week’s injury would be to the other wrist.

  13. Habitforming says:

    So with Bishop done for the regular season; if Tampa loses their next three and Detroit wins out, we face Detroit.

    Sound about right?

  14. HabinBurlington says:

    Okay, just to be clear, I am not being cocky. But, I am somewhat encouraged that the Habs may not face Bishop, seems to me he had the Habs numbers. Yes Lindback looked good last night against a top quality NHL team and yes the other backup was a stud for Latvia against Canada, but I also know that Tampa thought Bishop was better.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      Bishop will be back. I would not count him out

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Even better, hope he comes back too soon, in fact would be good if he tried playing while wearing a sling! :)

        (I do expect him back, maybe not game 1)

        • Kooch7800 says:

          He scares me as he is a much better goalie than he is given credit for. I am honestly shocked he wasn’t invited to the US olympic team.

          I think we can beat tampa with him in the net but if he is out for game one that makes it a must win for the habs

          • HabinBurlington says:

            Still surprised that St. Louis traded him as early as they did. Granted they did have the greatest goalie in the world at the time.

    • habsguru says:

      i thought Tampa played the Leafs last night?

  15. JUST ME says:

    I seem to remember that we were in awe after the only meeting between those two teams earlier this season. Although there will be missing parts on both sides i expect a good show since those two want to measure up to each other just in case…The Hawks know that the Habs are hot, Max Pac will want to go for number 40 and this is the kind of hockey that will allow out first line to shine.

  16. Sportfan says:

    Saw something alarming a photo taken by Jeff Marek, it had Strombo and Kypreos, saying the greek invasion for HNIC. Which means we may have to see that clown doing the Habs games next year -_-

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!
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  17. howiemorenz7 says:

    Ben Bishop. Bye Bye les Playoffs. Interesting. (according to Louis Jean of TVA)

    Maroons Suck. #7 foreva.

  18. DipsyDoodler says:

    If I bought a Canadian hockey team here’s what I would do. Explain that we are tanking for 3 years. And I mean tanking. We’d trade everyone who can remotely play the game for picks. Ice an AHL team. In order to keep fans happy I would:

    * reduce ticket prices to $10
    * have a bunch of fights every game.
    * have games and activities, like “dunk the Gary Bettman lookalike, win an iPad”.
    * free nachos.

    —–
    Moving. Forward.

  19. Say Ash says:

    TSN has a picture of Budaj with a headline that says, “Short Staffed.”

    Poor guy.

  20. ClutchNGrab says:

    On the Jack Adams, as a general rule, I would exclude first year coaches. Too many times they have the change factor on their side (yes I’m talking about you Paul MacLean). Babcock never won it, yet his team has made the playoffs year after year losing key players to injuries or retirement.

  21. B says:

    FYI: TSN is showing the Minnesota vs. North Dakota NCAA semi final game Friday at 2:00 PM. A good chance to have a look at Mark MacMillan.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  22. DipsyDoodler says:

    Hard to say who of Bouillon, Murray or Tinordi should be the 6th. Tampa are a fast pressing team. I’d go with Tinordi, and if he falters Bouillon. Murray to mix drinks in the clubhouse.

    This isn’t meant to slight Murray, but against a team that forechecks like Tampa he is not going to fare well.

    —–
    Moving. Forward.

  23. DipsyDoodler says:

    SlyCH – sorry for not replying on the other thread. I meant to say “of course not, the Nazis had better uniforms.”

    —–
    Moving. Forward.

  24. JUST ME says:

    I thought for a long time that the Habs fan base and the Taranna Leafs` had many points in common. Huge number of fans, long history of the franchise ,main cities of Canada and so on and so on…

    But i stopped seing those two markets as being alike a few years ago based on a simple tought . Can you just imagine how hellish would be our city had the Habs miss the playoffs 8 of the last 9 seasons. I can`t because something would have happened, probably unfortunate but we would not fold as the Leafs fans do every year.

    Although i tend to agree with those that state that The Molson corporation has nothing to do to keep being sold out and that we have seen our part of getting out of the playoffs early in the last decades, still we saw that the fit hit the shan two years ago with the demise of Pierre Gauthier`s management and the elimination that followed. We just cannot be compared with the Leafs fans in that sense because there is even a limit to what we judge acceptable mediocrity…

    • Cal says:

      Attendance at the then Molson Centre started to be pretty low because of the poor performance of the team. Missing the playoffs in Montreal for a couple seasons means lower interest and plenty of empty seats. So, I don’t agree with the “nothing to do to keep being sold out.”

  25. zephyr says:

    briere has been a peripheral player all season. the bolts will play us tough. I expect the refs will allow all sorts of crap & so I think we’ll need to have some big bodies playing. we’re going to need bourque with eller & gio. a 4th line with size & speed without briere is what I’d do. on d, maybe that includes murray & tinordi even tho I like weaver. this could be a flexible situation. nice prob to have I guess.

  26. Un Canadien errant says:

    Francesco Aquilini just stated the Canucks season ticket renewal deadline will be pushed back, to allow ticket holders to review the situation. More evidence that the moves and the poor renewals were linked.

  27. Walmyr says:

    I’m expecting a lot of today’s game…

    Maybe because we will have tha chance to watch Subban, Beaulieu and Tinordi playing together…

    Maybe because I’m curious to see what our D is capable of without Markov against a very good team…

    Maybe because I believe Gorges is (still) very important to us (I’m talking about PK and P.K.) and I want to be sure he is ready for the battle…

    Maybe because I love to watch The Canadiens playing against the original six teams (the good ones), like Detroit and Chicago…

    So have a good game folks!

    CHeers

    • Habfan10912 says:

      I imagine PK is pretty happy to have Gorge’s back as well. Frankie B looks an awful lot better on the bottom pairing as opposed to the top, eh?

      • Walmyr says:

        Gorges and Subban knows each other pretty well. No doubt about that. IMO Bouillon is still a very useful player…as 7th-8th D. I can’t understand the Subban-Bouillon (top) pairing. Hope we won’t have to talk about that anymore…lol

  28. hitgurl says:

    Go Markov! Oh wait. Go Price. Never mind

  29. D Mex says:

    The headlines in Vancouver will read :

    ” Canucks Hire Former Hab as Team President ”

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  30. 24 Cups says:

    How the mighty have fallen. Check out the odds for Mike Weir at this week’s Masters.

    http://www.vegasinsider.com/golf/odds/futures/

    • Cal says:

      Mike Weir remains the only Canuck to win. He remains mighty. However, he is 11 years removed from that amazing weekend.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      So he has gotten rid of all his swing coaches, the only coach he kept was his shrink. He is hoping to get back to his feel swing, less mechanical. Should have done this years ago….

      Still have nothing but respect for the guy, broke barriers for Canadian golf. Plus his 1st cousin on my ball team is a great guy and we get Canadian Open passes every year.

      • Phil C says:

        That stack and tilt crap screwed him up for sure, very easy to end up with a reverse pivot. His game was always about 100 yards and in. He was deadly there for a while.

        The neck injury set him back about too. Saw him passing the torch at the Masters today with Delaet. That was pretty cool.

      • Habfan10912 says:

        I wonder if he used the same chiropractor from Toronto that Tiger used? The one who made special visits to Florida?

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Yah, not sure Weir was into Blood Platelet spinning like Tiger was. Of course that physician who was caught making his employee transport steroids across the border would never have prescribed such to Tiger. It is a pure coincidence he has had all the physical problems with his knee and back…. Probably more to do with a 9 iron in your rear window while driving into a tree. :)

    • Luke says:

      It’s around the 1m20s mark for those looking for it.

      Broken leg.

      15 games seems severe, but this is junior & not the pros. The majority of these guys are going to the “real world” after this stage. They are mostly teenagers and require more protection and different discipline than a professional.

      That being said, I’d like to see the NHL fall more in line with the way Junior Hockey handles headshots, fighting and suspensions.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Isn’t that the classic hit the guy in the numbers approaching the boards, that everyone thinks is bad? That is what the Stop sign badge on the jersey was for. Hit may not look bad, but the effects are devastating, and all hockey players know the guy is vulnerable in that spot.

  31. Un Canadien errant says:

    Good move to give Carey a day off in this specific circumstance: a trip to Chicago and a quick trip back to play at home the next evening. I imagine Michel Therrien would have done what he’s done since he’s been here, which is give Peter Budaj one of the back-to-backs, so might as well not make Carey fly there and back for nothing. Allow him to rest/physio up any little nicks.

    Same for Alexei and Andrei, in this situation, it makes sense. Especially since we have some backups who probably won’t play much once the playoffs begin, let’s give them a game now.

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  32. D Mex says:

    https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/canucks-owners-threaten-legal-action-if-you-claim-they-hired-john-tortorella-163548729.html

    Weird times in Canuck-land continue. If they keep this up, VAN may succeed in making TO and NYI appear ” normal “.

    Here’s a passage from the Puck Daddy story :
    ” On Monday, Francesco Aquilini sent a Globe and Mail reporter a text message warning of legal action after the newspaper published a story discussing the family’s involvement in the hiring.
    “I read your article today. You are a pr!ck,” it said. ”

    This is wow-worthy.

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Just as not all crackerjack mayors are skinny, not all billionaires are thick-skinned.

      • D Mex says:

        This goes beyond being thick skinned, or not.
        The article alleges that Aqulini is threatening legal action for statements to the effect that he was responsible for the Tortorella hiring.

        I can hear the Judge laughing in the courtroom already …

        ALWAYS Habs –
        D Mex

  33. Luke says:

    So, wee Davy Desharnais is up to 51 points now.
    I was expecting ~50-60/season when he signed that contract. Good for him.

    • Mattyleg says:

      He’s doing well, but I still don’t think he’s an NHL centre.
      I said it at the beginning of the season, so I’m still saying it now.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • zephyr says:

      I’ve posted all season long that he’s the best playmaker we have. I’m surprised at how good he is along the boards tho. he gets low & strong & he’s so mobile that often bigger dmen have trouble with him. max will often give him the puck on the boards & then move to a scoring position. I think dd is an elite playmaker & I think he’s part of the team’s core players. max will be the 1st guy to back him too.
      we just have too many unproductive small guys in the lineup. that’s why gio & briere need to go next yr..
      I think chucky is our best playmaker after dd & he’s getting better all the time. we’re going to need to develop some talent for him to play with too. Gallagher seems a natural for that but we need a big body with talent to complement them. maybe eller will have a breakout yr next yr.. I think it’s foolishness to give up on him now.

  34. 24 Cups says:

    So the Habs are now the only official Canadian team left in the playoffs. After a shaky first few weeks, they have basically been in the hunt all season long. I’m trying to be as objective as I can but the rest of the Canadian teams can be summarized as follows:

    Ottawa – They weren’t as good as people thought they were last year and probably aren’t as bad as people think they are right now. They need to spend some money if they want to bounce back.

    Toronto – Their core players don’t justify the money spent or the roles that they are given. Carlyle has to go because the team has quit on him. Poor puck possession and shots allowed per game kill any hope that fans might have.

    Winnipeg – The bloom is now officially off the rose. This team is still the Atlanta Thrashers. They need to solidify the goaltending situation.

    Calgary – Hartley deserves credit as he’s really done a solid job. However, this is a long term rebuild. They don’t have the assets the way Buffalo does.

    Edmonton – The owner must find the strength to fire the entire management team. Eakins is the worst coach in the NHL. Kevin Lowe is the 3rd biggest joke in the NHL next to Snow and Cherry. Hiring Bob Nicholson (before somebody else does) would be a great start. Find a coach who can deal with all the spoiled brats the team has drafted.

    Vancouver – If Linden is strictly a figurehead then the team will survive the present crisis. If they don’t put the right people in place, then Vancouver could die a slow death (aka, Naslund as GM). The Sedin contracts impede the team from making the moves that are really necessary.

    • Hstands4Hockey says:

      Solid analysis. I think Edmonton just needs someone with the balls to make some big, unpopular moves. They have great assets but there seems to be absolutely no strategy in place for building a complete team. I know they struggle to find veteran guys to play meaningful roles (without severely overpaying), but they need to build a team not a mixed bag of prospects.

      I also don’t think Calgary is as far way as you might think. I can see them back in the playoffs in 2-3 years. They have some good pieces and a ton of cap room.

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      @Hstands4Hockey

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Agree with most if not all of your points.

      Ottawa: agree it’s not dire there, they have talent. Bobby Ryan on his last year and ownership are the biggest questions there.

      TO: the players again tuned out their coach. With their goons no longer on the roster, maybe they get a coach more suited to the personnel at hand.

      Winnipeg: Agree that the biggest question there is getting a goalie. Mr. Pavelec’s save percentage is not acceptable, and it’s not a one-year blip. Long-term, attracting players may be a problem, let’s see if they can sign a frontline goalie this summer.

      Calgary: so true that Bob Hartley has done such a good job, he’s almost hampered the rebuild, in not letting them drop to the bottom as the Sabres did. And yeah, they don’t have the two-year headstart the Sabres have with prospects, and don’t have the sack full of picks either.

      Edmonton: I don’t understand what is going on there. How long has that “Oil Change” show been running?

      Vancouver: Trevor speaking now at the press conference. He’s a good man, if a change had to happen, he’s a good person to turn to.

  35. HammerHab says:

    I honestly love listening to the Fan590 when the Leafs lose or especially today when they have been officially eliminated…it’s so delicious!

    ———————————–

    It’ll always be Habs Inside/Out to me

  36. Paz says:

    If Barry Trotz was fired, and I’m running the Leafs, Oilers or Canucks, I fire my coach and hire Trotz in the same hour.

  37. ArmyFan says:

    With home ice advantage far from guaranteed against Tampa, I’m not sure I understand why Therrien would sit his number one goaltender and two of his top four defencemen against a team like Chicago. Wouldn’t the better option be to let them sit against the Isles tomorrow night? Or is there something else going on…

  38. Un Canadien errant says:

    Darren Dreger on TSN: “The Leafs have gone from a high last season of pushing the Bruins to a game seven in the opening round of the playoffs to missing them this season”.

    So in the Maple Leaf Universe, last April was a high?

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    • encore4 says:

      UCE, what is your take on the Canuck situation?

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Bullet points, they had to make a change, the season ticket renewals were not going well according to all reports. Apparently today is the deadline to renew, so Mike Gillis was fired yesterday and Trevor will be announced today.

        I like Trevor Linden, know him personally from a couple of brief meetings, and appreciate all he did over his entire career. He’s no Réjean Houle.

  39. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …the Internet is becoming increasingly unnerving to trust and to feel secure

  40. 24 Cups says:

    Therrien has to make three decisions before the puck drops a week today against Tampa.

    1. Let’s assume that Weaver, who shoots right, is a lock for the 3rd pairing. Who gets the call to play the left side, Bouillon or Murray? Or will Therrien do a complete turnaround and go with Tinordi?

    2. Right now, Briere seems to be the odd man out when it comes to the top nine. However, wasn’t one of the main reasons he was signed as an UFA was because of his playoff history and ability to create offense? If Therrien goes with a Bourque/Eller/Gionta shutdown line, where would Briere fit in?

    3. Which leads to the third question. I have a funny feeling that Moen may be out longer than most people anticipate. Even if he returns, he may not be mentally ready to play the game the way the team needs him to in terms of getting his nose dirty on the 4th line. This line needs to be comprised of bangers and muckers. If Moen sits, then the 4th line becomes Prust/Bournival/Weise with White as the sub. As stated before, where does that leave Briere?

    No one wants to see another team lose a player to injury. Hab fans know what that felt like when there was no Carey Price after the Olympics or Markov a few seasons ago. Having said that, the possible injury to Ben Bishop is just another example of how everything has been going Montreal’s way the past few weeks. The boys might be mailing in tonight’s game, but other than that, things are looking great for the team.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      1) I imagine it would be Murray. He’s been real solid since a rough start to the season. Tinordi has made a few glaring mistakes that ended up as goals so they’re hard to forget. Bouillon and Weaver…too small.

      2) Ya, it’s a mess with Briere. Not saying he’s any worse than Bourque or Eller (now that he’s playing like crap) but one of the three will probably have to sit. Unless you have Eller or Briere centering the 4th line which is weird.

      3) I’m banking on Moen being done for the season. I think the 4th line should be Prust-White-Weise. White has been pretty good at center, doing a good job on faceoffs too.

    • mdp2011 says:

      1.Against Tampa, there is no need for Murray. Play Weaver and Tinordi.

      2. Briere with Eller and Gionta. Yes it is not a traditional shutdown line, but Bourque does not deserve to see any ice time in the playoffs.

    • bwoar says:

      Everything’s been going our way for sure. Matty tells me that the team is just clicking, but, things will regress to the mean for us too.

      1. I’ll go out on a limb and say it’ll be Beaulieu-Weaver. ‘Cause I like Beaulieu so gosh darn much. Me, I’d play Murray, no question.

      2. Fourth C, he has to play and play centre. I’ll drop Bourque, shift Eller, and play #48 as 3rd C. It’ll happen for Game 2, let’s say.

      3. Bournival will sit, unless Prust can’t go. A Bournival-Briere-Weise 4th line wouldn’t be a bad thing IMO.

      • 24 Cups says:

        Injuries aside, tonight’s contest will be Beaulieu’s last game as a Hab this year.

        • bwoar says:

          That’s probably for the best. Hopefully Boullion’s last as well. Having a heathy Gorges and Weaver in the lineup ought to result in

          Markov-Emelin
          Subban-Gorges
          Murray-Weaver

          with Tinordi picking up the slack.

    • Cal says:

      1. Crankshaft. 2. 3rd line, but sparingly- it’s going to depend on how the game is going. 3. Brière will be on the 4th line, with 2nd wave PP and occasional 3rd line work.

  41. mdp2011 says:

    So Halak’s agent has finally responded to what was reported yesterday regarding Halak not wanting to face the Blues.

    Renaud Lavoie
    ‏@renlavoietva

    Allan Walsh:”On Jaroslav Halak, Jaro never at anytime said he didn’t want to start against St. Louis. A private conversation between a player and coach should stay private and not be discussed with the media. I am bewildered that a coach would break that trust especially when those comments the coach publicly attributed to Jaro are not accurate. It’s the coach who makes the decision on who plays in the games, not the players.”-

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Oates, “Please fire me. Thank you.”

      • bwoar says:

        Not that I disagree with your comment, since they are two separate things. But, it’d be a funny world if Allan Walsh finally got someone fired.

        Imma go out on a limb and say he’d make a great GM for the Canucks. Walsh + Fonzie = Amazing.

      • mdp2011 says:

        Yup, very dysfunctional group in Washington. But on the other hand, they are fighting for their playoff lives and it seems like he didn’t want to face the Blues.

        Scott Burnside ‏@ESPN_Burnside 3m
        Have no problem with Adam Oates explaining crucial decision in must-win situation. That’s part of his job.

        Scott Burnside ‏@ESPN_Burnside 3m
        Sure Jaroslav Halak will feel in better frame of mind to play Blues next year. If Blues play in the KHL.

    • Paz says:

      Walsh is right of course. Oates should never have gone public. Who knows what was said?
      Oates was a bad choice, should be fired.
      McPhee, should have been fired long ago.

      • mdp2011 says:

        So what exactly should Oates have said then? Should he have lied and said that he wasn’t starting his teams #1 goalie against his former team in the most important stretch of the season because Holtby is better? Oates would have been crucified by the media for not starting Halak against the Blues if they would have lost. On the other hand, they ended up winning and he could have looked like a genius.

  42. Ozmodiar says:

    cookies / double login issue

    WordPress 3.8 bug, probably.

    Have the HiO admins (Boone’s hamster) tried commenting out these lines from wp-login.php?

    —————————————————————————————–
    // if ( isset($_POST['testcookie']) && empty($_COOKIE[TEST_COOKIE]) )
    // $user = new WP_Error(‘test_cookie’, __(“ERROR: Cookies are blocked or not supported by your browser. You must enable cookies to use WordPress.”));
    // else
    —————————————————————————————–

    / worth a try

  43. Lafleurguy says:

    Stanley Cup-winning coach (FUTURE)

    • Psycho29 says:

      @Lafleurguy
      Great course, we played at Legends on Tuesday. We also played Falcon’s Fire (amazing), Southern Dunes and Stonegate (twice)…
      The prices were cheap. We booked the house, minivan and the golf all through Tee Time USA.
      Did you get a chance to eat at “Manny’s Chop House” in Haines City??

      • Lafleurguy says:

        Wow, you got around! Unluckily, 4 day stay only. Friend (wife’s classmate) is a superb cook so much at home dining. Killer roast beef sandwich at Mimi’s (Clermont), and a fantastic bottle of Pinot Noir (Edlers?, from Carneros) to go with passable Ahi Tuna (Ted’s Bluezoo, Dolphin Resort). If you have a place there, you are very lucky. Oh, have played Southern Dunes, nice but prefer more trees. The other two are more upscale, I think, and will eventually get to them I think. Golfed Clerbrook for $13 and broke etiquette by adjusting my friend’s alignment so he wouldn’t slice into someone’s trailer home. Nice folks at this retirement area. Offered us some freshly picked grapefruits.

        • Psycho29 says:

          Awesome!
          So relaxing down there. We also got to see Habs/Tampa.
          My buddy shanked a ball off someone’s roof. The lady (maybe 70?) threw the ball back and yelled “Take a lesson” !

          Will try Mimi’s for sure next time. Manny’s is a place you’d see on Diners Drive-ins and dives. Not a place for vegeterians!

    • Habfan10912 says:

      And I still won’t like him! :)

      • Lafleurguy says:

        You will when he plays Alex more. Just dawned on me he wears no. 27 like Alex the First did.
        J., could the symbolism in that picture suggest MT is worried about his/the team’s/P.K.’s future?

  44. Maksimir says:

    So any word on Bishop? Hmmmmmmm?

    • shiram says:

      Damian Cristodero ‏@LightningTimes
      Not a surprise: Bishop’s agent said his client having an MRI this morning. Bishop landed awkwardly on left wrist/arm in 1st period Tuesday.

      Erik Erlendsson ‏@erlendssonTBO
      Pure guess, Gudlevskis but we should know soon “@coopdog59: will it be Dejardins or Gudlevaskis who gets the call up?”

  45. Stanley Cup or Bust ! says:

    Go Habs Go


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