Eller returns as Habs prepare to face Lightning

The Canadiens hit the ice Monday morning in Brossard to begin preparations for their first-round playoff series against the Lightning, which will start Wednesday night in Tampa (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

Lars Eller, who missed the last three regular-season games while battling the flu, was back on the ice with his teammates and said he’s “100 per cent ready to come back.”

“It was good to get back out there today and feel the ice,” Eller told reporters after practice. “I’m sure that I’ll be fine for Wednesday. It was better getting sick there than a week later, but there’s never a good time to get sick.”.

The Canadiens used both ice surfaces at its Brossard practice facility, with the power-play unit working on one rink. The Canadiens went 0-for-23 on the power play during the last eight regular-season games and finished the season ranked 19th on the PP with a 17.2 per cent success rate. The Canadiens had the fourth-best penalty-killing unit during the regular season with a 85.1 per cent success rate.

“Tough to score 5-on-5 in the playoffs,” coach Michel Therrien told reporters after practice. “When you get a chance to get momentum on the PP, we’re going to make sure we do that.”

The first power-play unit at practice had Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais and Thomas Vanek up front with Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban on the point. The second unit had Daniel Briere with Tomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher (with Rene Bourque rotating in), and Alexei Emelin and Josh Gorges on the point.

 Brandon Prust, who missed the last 12 games of the regular season with an upper body injury, was on the ice but is still listed as day-to-day and Therrien wouldn’t say if he’ll be ready for Game 1 in Tampa. Travis Moen, still recovering from a concussion, skated on his own before the team’s practice.

Defenceman Josh Gorges told reporters he’s not concerned about starting the playoffs on the road.

“It gives us an opportunity to just play a really simple, playoff-style road game,” Gorges said. “We don’t have to impress anybody or go out there and make cute plays and impress a crowd that’s going to be amped up and ready to go. We just have to go out and get a win, whatever that takes. One of the good things about starting on the road is we can just grind it out and do anything we can to get a win.”

Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Monday that the club has signed forward Jacob de la Rose to a three-year, entry-level contract. The 6-foot-3, 187-pound forward, who was selected by the Canadiens in the second round (34th overall) of the 2013 NHL entry draft, posted 7-6-13 totals this season with Leksand Idrottsforening in the Swedish Elite League.

Here’s a look at the first-round playoff schedule for Habs vs. Lightning:

Game 1: Wednesday, April 16 at Tampa, 7 p.m.
Game 2: Friday, April 18 at Tampa, 7 p.m.
Game 3: Sunday, April 20 at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Game 4: Tuesday, April 22 at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Game 5 (if necessary): Thursday April 24 at Tampa, 7 p.m.
Game 6 (if necessary): Sunday, April 27 at Montreal, TBD
Game 7 (if necessary): Tuesday, April 29 at Tampa, TBD.

(Gazette file photo/John Kenney)

Habs vs. Lightning should be a treat for fans, by The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs

Habs focus on special teams, by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

Habs coach Therrien should be toast of the town, by Jack Todd

Captain Gionta puts finishing touch on 100-point season, by Dave Stubbs

Setting the mood for playoffs, Canadiens.com

Post-practice interviews (video), Canadiens.com

Habs final regular-season stats, NHL.com

Complete first-round playoff schedule, NHL.com

The Matchup: Montreal vs. Tampa Bay, Canadiens.com

Scotty Bowman weighs in on current Habs, Stu on Sports blog

Lightning goalie Lindback named NHL’s first star of week, tampabaylightning.com

Crosby wins NHL scoring title for second time, NHL.com

842 Comments

  1. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Scotty Bowman sees ‘what’s going on’ between Therrien and P.K.

    …essentially, if ‘letting P.K. go’, He (Therrien) will undermine the Teams defensive structure

    …Scotty notes, essentially, that all the current ‘successful’ NHL coaches would do the same with P.K. …make P.K. play within the team defensive structure

    …We, of course, as Fans, want to be ‘entertained’

  2. Black Horse says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSyvuX_FgrE

    ” and the fun begins” – Carey Price

    • Habcouver says:

      Nice!
      Wish they showed Flower blasting the rubber by Gil Gilbert but otherwise, perfect.

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      Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

  3. Chrisadiens says:

    Boy what did I miss? Burly causing trouble? Twi being sensitive? Pops in the middle? I miss all the good stuff.

    Oh yea, and Habs in 6. :)

    Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

  4. Black Horse says:

    Carey knows that he has to win this series, losing is not an option. This is the most important series of his career thus far.

    Pleks will shut down Stamkos.

    PK will take it up a few notches. You will see more end to end rushes from him.

    A part of me wants Cube in the line up because he capable scoring an important goal when they need it most.

    White has to be in the line up. He adds grit & is great on face offs & the PK.

    The D need quick & crisp breakout passes and chip the puck off the glass to prevent those nasty turnovers.

    They have to take away the wide open looks @ Price and clear the crease at all costs.

    ” and the fun begins” – Carey Price

    • habs001 says:

      Huge series for the organization also as they decided to go with a veteran lineup and derail the youth rebuild by at least a year…A first round lose and no Vanek signing…. it wouldl be hard to sell why the Habs are better in 2014-2015….

    • peiKC says:

      I think we need Tinordi in the line-up as a deterence. I know, I know, no fights in the playoffs but with a 4 th best PK, we need something to counter the inevitable gooning against our smaller forwards. He is not much of a liability defensively and he sure as hell knows when to jump in.

      PEIKC

  5. The Teacher says:

    Habs in 5.

  6. Black Horse says:

    I have Habs decals on each side of my truck & on the back window. I was at the stop light the other day when two smoking hot babes pulled up along side me & shouted GO CANADIENS … That never happened to me before & I know that was a sign that Our Habs will win it all!

    There are no signs that Montreal can’t win it all. They have beat the best & have played with the best!

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    ” and the fun begins” – Carey Price

  7. Paz says:

    Once the sweet 16 make the playoffs, the teams should be seeded 1 through 16, and East and West should be thrown out the window.

  8. frontenac1 says:

    Rags vs Flyers should have a wee bit of Spice and be Entertaining amigos. Saludos!

  9. Mavid says:

    I can hardly wait till Wednesday..its just like Christmas..I am soooooo excited..got the flag on the car this morning…

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  10. CharlieH24 says:

    Would Beaulieu-Weaver be such a bad 3rd pairing on D? And have Beaulieu QB the 2nd unit of our PP, which has been dismal? 100pts, don’t argue with results, blah blah blah…I just don’t like the Cube in these playoffs. I’d take youth and talent over experience and diminishing puck skills anyday.

    Maybe that’s why I’m not a coach. Let’s go boys.

    • Butterface says:

      I tried to ask the same thing. They just keep pushing Beaulieu down to the minors despite what looks to be solid play and solid stats.

      Bruins will need to brush with Tatar control. They don’t want Tatar build up……

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      • Commandant says:

        Everytime they put Beaulieu back down, he goes down there and sulks and sucks for a couple weeks…. Its bad character, the biggest sin for Marc Bergevin in this administration. It almost doesn’t matter how he makes Murray and Bouillion both look useless when he is around.

        Go Habs Go!

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  11. db says:

    Let’s hope Shanahan punishes the bruins for their infractions this year. If any team gets league wide respect it’s Detroit.

  12. Can someone explain to me why I am not excited over this first round? I’m worried because Cooper has TB playing textbook hockey, and I hate them? Yes that’s it. :lol:

    Down with TB in FOUR!

    GO HABS GO

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  13. JF says:

    Just finished watching The Reporters on TSN discussing the playoffs. They pick Montreal over Tampa, largely because of Price, but they also say Stamkos is not the player he was before his injury, that he doesn’t move as much or as well as he did. They also say the Habs have the best chance of any team starting on the road to win their series. They think Jon Cooper’s coaching is an X-factor for Tampa, but that Therrien will do better than last year – for which they partially excuse him based on Price’s poor play.

    Two of the four panelists pick Boston to win the Cup. They argue Boston is the best team in the East by a long way (I agree), and also that the road to the Final in the East is easier than in the West. The other picks were San Jose and Chicago.

    They name Dan Bylsma as the coach most likely to be fired if his team does not make it out of the first round. I was interested to note that they seem to share my opinion of him as an over-rated coach. They say he’s shown a stunning inability to adapt during the course of a series, also that the American Olympic Committee was not satisfied with the job he did coaching their semi-final against Canada. I confess that when it was announced back in November that he had been named coach of the American Olympic team, my first thought was that they wouldn’t win.

  14. CH Marshall says:

    The Caps should hire Pierre McGuire. That would be he’ll a entertaining

  15. RetroMonkey says:

    Habs fans around here are delusional. 53% on this site are on crack and hang with Mayor Ford.
    Only the Big Bad Bruins will win. You will all see because I read it in my media guide.

    Bruins will win with Rask in nets.

  16. Timo says:

    Is Thomas Jagr ready to go?

  17. Timo says:

    Does anyone else finds this TSN headline funny and dirty?

    “Semin slated for wrist surgery”

  18. Commandant says:

    Wonder if they are going to use that Eller line or the Pleks line to matchup with Stamkos.

    Pleks is the better defensive centre of the two (especially this season) but Eller has the better defensive wingers.

    Go Habs Go!

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  19. Loop_Garoo says:

    Really happy to see De La Rose signed. I was hoping before last years draft that the habs would be able to select him and thrilled when they did. Not expecting him to be a superstar by any means, but one of those invaluable 3rd line guys that can do a bit of everything.

  20. Timo says:

    Listening to 5 a 7… Haha, I knew that Habs were going to practice 5 on 0. That is awesome… the most probably scenario to happen in the playoffs.

  21. billylove says:

    I still like the match up with Tampa. Not having home ice isn’t a big deal. Starting on the road may be beneficial. Price needs a good start and he seems ready to deliver. As many have said, we’ll go as far as Carey can take us which might be a long way. One thing is a certainty in my mind. The organization really needs a playoff series win. Another first round elimination will be viewed as not making any progress and that’s going to produce many difficult questions.

    • WindsorHab-10 says:

      Agreed.

    • Habfan17 says:

      Well said! I think Price is up for the challenge and winning at least one round is imperative in my opinion. Now that they are in, I hope they win it all, even though that would mean they drop down in the draft. At least if they get to the second round, Galchenyuk is supposed to be back and he will gain invaluable experience.

      Habfan17

  22. WindsorHab-10 says:

    This is what I’d like to see when we are on the PP:

    Less passing, more shooting & a big body or Gallagher in front of the net.

  23. DipsyDoodler says:

    So… you’re tired of all the trolling and name-calling on this site and others?

    You’d like to find a place on the Internet that consists entirely of constructive criticism or just “happy to be alive” comments?

    This Esquire journalist has found that place:

    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/culture/porn-commenters

    —–
    Moving. Forward.

  24. DipsyDoodler says:

    Ryan Miller has a 10-8-1 record with the Blues, with a woeful .903 save %age and 2.47 GAA.

    Unfortunately for the Blues he isn’t the player he used to be.

    —–
    Moving. Forward.

  25. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    First round upset predictions…think the Wild will beat Colorado (sorry boing). Can’t win with offense alone anymore.

  26. Dr.Rex says:

    Prediction time:

    Habs in 6
    Bruins in 7
    Flyers in 6
    Pens in 5

    Sharks in 6
    Avs in 5
    Hawks in 7
    Upset special : Stars in 6

    • Dr.Rex says:

      IF the Wings had drawn the Pens then I would have picked the Wings to beat them.

    • WindsorHab-10 says:

      I’m hoping you’re wrong with your second pick. Would love to see the Wings put those thugs away in the first round. Something tells me they will.

      • Loop_Garoo says:

        Detroit has a good shot at upsetting the Bruins, especially with some players returning from injury, however, the habs playing the Wings in round two scares me a bit. I am not convinced that they would be easier to beat than Boston would, especially when you consider our record against the bruins the last few years.

  27. ffenliv says:

    Don’t know if this was already posted. Cullen over at TSN posted predictions based solely on shots for/against, and save percentage, just to see what it would look like.

    Against Tampa, the numbers he used predict Montreal to have the largest GF advantage of any first-round series.

  28. twilighthours says:

    I’m back.

    Jim, I didn’t accuse burly of anything. I simply didn’t understand. Go back and read: I didn’t edit my posts.

    And if those sorts of images were posted her before, I would have taken umbrage had I seen them. Possibly I ignored whoever posted them. I normally read burly’s posts because they are well thought out, so that’s why I stopped on him. Generally, I’ll ask for someone’s thoughts if they take shots at a segment of society that is easy to abuse: gays, gender-confused, special needs, you know what I’m talking ab out. Not saying burly was doing that, in fact I doubt he was, but you never know.

    Anyway, that’s it.

    Now, Ronn, let me have it.

    • Caesar is along for the ride for 25 says:

      “Generally, I’ll ask for someone’s thoughts if they take shots at a segment of society that is easy to abuse: gays, gender-confused, special needs, you know what I’m talking about.”

      I hope Leafs Fans are still fair game? Although they are a segment that is really easy to abuse.

    • Peter Young says:

      Twi, glad to see there are people around here with the decency and courage to confront bigotry, including homophobia. Don’t let the bullying mob get to you.

  29. Kooch7800 says:

    Wow….what a punch.. Front should enjoy this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ao8qZ3huAdk

  30. AH says:

    Go Habs Go and if not ANYBODY BUT THE GOOINS; I really coudn’t stomach seeing those neanderthals hoist the cup again, please hockey gods no…..

  31. Timo says:

    TSN says Prust was going through PK drills with Bournival and Gionta… sounds like he should be ready for game one.

    Any news on Moen? I would rather him than White. White’s been very invisible at best lately.

  32. AH says:

    Love that picture of Scotty emblazoned in his CH crested suit jacket, Bill Nyrop and Serge there……sigh……

  33. boing007 says:

    Avalanche vs Wild. Avs take it in six. Avs win Cup. Vanek signs with Colorado.

    Richard R

    • The Jackal says:

      Then MT gets fired, PK signs with Toronto, and Timo tells us all how happy he is that the buffoon has finally gone. Paz tells us how he was vindicated about PK wanting to leave after the Club disrespected him. Everyone else wants the new coach fired a few days after his announcement.

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  34. 24AW says:

    The Habs will win the 1st round if they play good for for the full 60-minutes each Game anything less Tampa Bay will take advantage and win the series. Its all about how good each team plays for the whole 60 minutes. I’m picking the Habs to advance.

  35. Timo says:

    Glad to see Eller back… hope he doesn’t spread the flu bug in the room though. Look forward to Eller and Bourque kicking some rear end in the playoffs.

    • Hobie says:

      I’m hoping for the best out of both of them as well. Not sure Bourque will be in the lineup though?

    • jimmy shaker says:

      if chucky was healthy you might’ve been seeing these guys kick some tail from way up top in the presser (however that would work up there), but since chucky is out, only bourque will be up there wolfing down poutine, oh and tinordi and parros and frankie as well.

      Shaker out!

  36. Hobie says:

    @JF

    Arpon Basu and nhl.com wrote an article on why every team will win the cup. So I don’t think Basu actually believes TB will win the cup?

    The Bruins should be considered favourites to come out of the east. After that, it’s a tossup. I consider the Habs to be tied with TB, Philly and Pitts.

  37. Mustang says:

    OK, I guess it is that time of year so here goes.

    A guy in a Maple Leaf jersey walks into a bar in Toronto with his dog.
    He sits down at the bar and orders a beer and they begin to watch the Leafs game on TV.
    When the Leafs score a goal, the dog goes nuts, jumping, barking, and running around the bar.
    A while later the Leafs score another goal and again the dog goes crazy, running, jumping, & barking.
    The bartender has been watching this and says to the guy “if the dog goes this crazy when the Leafs score, what does he do when they win the Stanley Cup?”.
    The guy answers “I don’t know, he is only 47 years old”.

  38. Say Ash says:

    Lindback named NHL’s first star of the week, eh?

    Bleh.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Perhaps they’ll have an award ceremony prior to Wednesday’s game. The old ceremony jinx?

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Now his GAA is 0.891…LOL. If the Habs can’t beat this guy with Price playing like he is, I’ll be stunned.

    • JF says:

      I’ve found that when one of our players is named one of the week’s stars, his performance dips thereafter. Max was a star last week (third, I think), and he hasn’t scored a goal since.

      • Loop_Garoo says:

        That is going to be true of pretty much every player all the time. You are one of the leagues stars because you performed at an exceptional rate, that you generally will not be able to sustain. You don’t get to be the leagues 1st star by posting a goal and two assists in three games.

  39. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Trotz getting fired doesn’t really feel like a firing. Let the rumours begin…

  40. JF says:

    I’m stunned by the results of the poll. Fully 54% think the Habs will go all the way to the Final! I think they have an outside chance, but I can more easily see them losing in the first round.

    Arpon Basu thinks the Lightning will win the Cup. No one here even gives them a chance to get to the Final.

    Only 1% think the Rangers will get there. They’re my dark horse team to win the East, but I can’t quite see them winning the Cup.

    But what do any of us know? There are always huge upsets, especially in the first round.

    If the Penguins don’t make it out of the first round, or lets say the second round, is Dan Bylsma gone? He’s a coach I think is seriously over-rated. The Penguins have been terrible in the playoffs every year since winning the Cup.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I think it is more a representation of what people hope for. I can’t in good conscience vote for the Bruins as i don’t want them to represent the East. I didn’t vote for the Habs as i don’t think they will get that far. So I cast a spoiled vote to Columbus.

      • JF says:

        I don’t want the Bruins to represent the East either, but they’re the obvious candidate. They came so close last year to forcing Game 7 in the Final, only to see their hopes evaporate in the space of a couple of minutes. That will add to their motivation this year. IMO, they’re the best team in the League, very balanced, no weaknesses, depth at every position, excellent goaltending. They’re so good I can’t even hate them any more.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          I actually believe we are the best candidate to beat them. Detroit also, but they will need Zetterberg for that, rumours he only becomes available late 1st round or 2nd round. But I am petrified of Tampa for some reason….

          • JF says:

            I agree that either us or the Wings could beat them if everything worked out perfectly. Not quite sure the Wings have the goaltending, but they won their season series against them. As for us, we always give them fits, but I think we’d need most of the bounces to go our way to beat them in a 7-game series. It would probably be like our last series against them, in which, as you know, the bounces did not go our way. But this Habs team is better than that one, starting with Carey Price.

    • Captain aHab says:

      My dark horse are Detroit…..I think they’ll give the Bruins everything they can handle…maybe more.

      —————-
      Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

    • 24AW says:

      its not Bylsma, weak and inconsistent Goaltending is the problem.

      • JF says:

        It’s not only goaltending. Their goaltending last year with Vokoun was fine. They seem to lose their focus in the playoffs – think back to our Game 7 with them four years ago, when Crosby started the game by going after Gorges for something that had happened at the end of the previous game. Think of that wild series with Philly the following year, when the Penguins, including Crosby, seemed more interested in fighting than in winning. Think of their series against Boston last year, when coach and players were alike clueless.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      “Arpon Basu thinks the Lightning will win the Cup”…he can’t be serious.

    • Mustang says:

      If you read the question it asks who you THINK will represent, not who you WANT to represent, the east in the final. I hate the Bruins as much as anyone here but I THINK that they are the odds on favorite to go to the final. I would love to see the Habs still playing in June but I don’t think that will happen.

    • JUST ME says:

      Well…i am sure that most voters did like me and had no option really. Can`t say that they will not make it can you ?
      Still voting for the Habs felt weird but hey ! this is the only way to vote if you are a real die hard fan!

    • boing007 says:

      Arpon Basu is cuckoo.

      Richard R

    • Mavid says:

      So people are optimisitic..nobody dreams of just making it to the first round..no matter what team you cheer for it the cup or bust..I prefer the glass half full crowd myself..even if its only a dream. I think we should have no trouble winning the first round..anything after that is a bonus..and of course it all depends on who we play..

      Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

    • Habshire says:

      Also have to consider this.

      Olympic years bad news for hockey’s top seeds:

      http://www.ottawacitizen.com/sports/Mendes+Olympic+years+news+hockey+seeds/9463595/story.html

  41. twilighthours says:

    Burly,

    Today was our schools orientation and pride awareness day, put on by our gay straight alliance. One of the session focused on language and image stereotypes and how the can be used to hurt. I guess I’m more sensitive to it today than usual. Anyway Thx for removing the link. Cheers, you’re one of the beauties.

  42. Danno says:

    Is Ryan Malone going to be suspended by the league for his DUI and cocaine possession?

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  43. Say Ash says:

    lol Habcouver, you do what all the time – terminate friendships or attend doggie birthday parties?

  44. Ian Cobb says:

    The site has gone to the dogs!!! Not even in Hamilton!

  45. Say Ash says:

    We’re trusting Eller with covering Stamkos, Is that my understanding?

  46. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    I think Eller is, by far, the most overrated (at least on this forum) player on the Habs. But with Galchenyuk out, I’m glad he’s back. I still don’t expect much from him.
    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  47. JUST ME says:

    Larry`s return sure is good news. So is Prust`s. Both play hard work hard and leave everything on the ice.

    On a best 4 out of 7 i am sure that so many Habs can make the difference, Carey,Max,Vanek,P.K. Markov,Gionta,D.D ,Pleks,Emelin and even guys brought in for that exact purpose like Briere , Murray,Weaver,Weise and to stay in the theme of the ones that work hard but never get the spotlights like Gorges,Moen or Bournival. This to me is impressive and as soon as they get their game plan going things should go our way…
    Go Habs Go !

  48. Commandant says:

    #13 in the rankings, Julius Honka of the Swift Current Broncos.
    http://lastwordonsports.com/2014/04/14/2014-nhl-draft-profile-13-julius-honka/

    Go Habs Go!

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  49. Phil C says:

    Funny how I like Eller a lot more after watching the Habs without him for a few games.

  50. habs001 says:

    The king is dead the king is dead…Game of Thrones….The reality is the Habs should beat Tampa…The Habs lineup is much older and experienced…This is a much easier match up than most of the other playoff teams…If the Habs lose this series you have to over turn at least half the roster next year…

    • Strummer says:

      No Spoiler Alert regarding the King?

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      • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

        I agree that one shouldn’t blurt out details like that only hours after it’s first airing. But at least in GoT’s case, it could refer to a few characters. Still… Not cool.

        I remember Dec. 31, 1975

      • Cal says:

        Hell, that show kills everybody. In the end… nought but silence.
        (And theme music)

      • Say Ash says:

        A character dying in a book published 15 years ago ain’t spoiler.

        • It is if you haven’t read them. ;)

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          “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” St. Thomas Aquinas

          • Say Ash says:

            “No Excuses!”

          • Strummer says:

            That’s my original point.

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          • Oh, all right. I’ll just expect everyone to die then. problem solved. =)

            Defense wins championships

            “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” St. Thomas Aquinas

        • Luke says:

          Agreed.

          Funny, with the Red Wedding talk last season and the ability of the internet to keep that under pretty decent wraps, I’m going to say it is now the responsiblity of the folks to Game Of Thrones to avoid the chatter.
          I had a friend mention to me today that they hadn’t started watching Season 3 yet, so not to spoil anything… no. Just no. Watch it. I’m not waiting anymore.
          (Super recent episodes excepted)
          I won’t go out of my way to spoil, but I’m not going to avoid talking about things because someone walked into the lunchroom and was planning to watch the entire series all at once in 5 years when they get if for Christmas.

          (Guess what? Vader is Luke & Leia’s father, and Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru die).

          • Vader’s your dad? Nooooooooo! *mind blown*

            More importantly, is your sister single or is she still dating that smuggler fella?

            Defense wins championships

            “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” St. Thomas Aquinas

          • Strummer says:

            “Super recent episodes excepted”

            +1 for that!

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    • Habcouver says:

      Read the books. Thus, I find the shows not exciting :-/

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      Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

  51. Say Ash says:

    So my buddy can’t watch the game on Friday with the guys because he has to go with his wife to a doggie birthday party. (I’m not making that up. People actually do that kind of thing)

    That’s clear grounds for friendship termination, no?

  52. habsfan0 says:

    Last year,the Habs lost Game 1 to the Senators and never really seemed to regain their mojo after that.
    I think it’s imperative that they win the first game in Tampa,thus putting all the pressure on the Lightning.

  53. Black Horse says:

    If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap clap)
    If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap clap)
    If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
    If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands. (clap clap)

    If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet (stomp stomp)
    If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet (stomp stomp)
    If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
    If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet. (stomp stomp)

    If you’re happy and you know it, shout “Hurray!” (hoo-ray!)
    If you’re happy and you know it, shout “Hurray!” (hoo-ray!)
    If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
    If you’re happy and you know it, shout “Hurray!” (hoo-ray!)

    If you’re happy and you know it, do all three (clap-clap, stomp-stomp, hoo-ray!)
    If you’re happy and you know it, do all three (clap-clap, stomp-stomp, hoo-ray!)
    If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
    If you’re happy and you know it, do all three. (clap-clap, stomp-stomp, hoo-ray!)

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO …..

    ” and the fun begins” – Carey Price

  54. habs001 says:

    Maxpac playing a full year would have been 2nd in goals scored in the league…Unbelievable that out of the 15 top plus players 7 are Bruins…

  55. habs001 says:

    While the Habs probably will get 3 or less pp in a game if they dont score with the first unit good luck with the second…Gorges has had 2nd unit pp minutes now for 4 years..how many goals have they scored with him on the pp…

  56. GenerationYHabs says:

    I don’t know if this has already been posted, but for those of you who havn’t seen it, here’s a video of Selanne’s last skate as an NHL player. He does an incredibly classy move by going and grabbing Giguère and sharing a lap with him as well.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJuGmu9T8AE

  57. jimmy shaker says:

    I like the lines…….but would let prust and bernie switch. Prust is better geared to the fourth line, and bernie’s speed could be used better with eller and gio. ON the D. Murray, frankie to tinordi could all fit in there, so I don’t really care who gets the call. Murray is strong and a tank, tinordi is long and strong, frankie is quicker than the aforementioned, more mobile and after that scrap on saturday, took a little baby step ahead of the other two on MT’s pecking order. Again, they all could play there in that spot, they all have different qualities, different downsides. I’m sure Murray will get a shot. Tinordi, I’m not so sure.

    Shaker out!

  58. slim wallet says:

    Really, is there any point on having Gorges on the 2nd unit power play. “Back to the point. Gorges dumps it in the corner.” His signature move. If you want to develop an effective powerplay, sometimes you have to think outside the box. And ever since opponents have gotten wise to attacking the points, MT has not come up with a way to counter. And DD will almost always pass over shooting so that effectively leaves a 4 on 4 as he simply acts as a pivot point.

  59. habsfan0 says:

    April 2014..PQ obliterated at the polls.
    June 2014..Habs win the Stanley Cup.
    February 2015.. Buffalo Bills win the Super Bowl.

    Life is good.

  60. thehammer says:

    Heading to game three. Any one have any idea of hotel rates in downtown MTL. 150-170?

  61. Mattyleg says:

    I am convinced that my version of Hell will be populated uniquely by callers to TSN 690.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  62. boonie says:

    I haven’t had a chance to check HIO since 10am so excuuuuuuuse meeeeeee (Steve Martin style) if this has already been presented, endorsed, dismissed and then ridiculed…

    Mean Reversion.

    We went Oh-fer (technically, 0-15) on the PP against the Bolts this season. Price played all four games against Tampa this season. He had a .956 SV% and a 1.42 GAA going 1-1-2. The win-loss was below par. The stats insanely above par. On the season, Price has .946 SV% and 1.67 GAA in wins and .900 and 3.27 in losses.

    If Price had posted his normal SV%, he would have let up 4 more goals on the 138 shots Tampa took against us in four games (two of which ended tied in regulation). Had we clicked in the mid-20% percent range on PP, we should have scored 3.75 more goals.

    The EOTP guys must be having a field day debating the validity of advanced stats against a single team using a sample size of four games.

  63. shiram says:

    David Pagnotta ‏@TheFourthPeriod

    Whispers getting louder in DC. Not confirmed yet, but barring last min change, sounds like Caps GM George McPhee & coach Adam Oates are out.

  64. Hobie says:

    I caught the tail end of Chris Nilan’s rant moments ago about the Boston Bruins. Apparently John Scott of the Sabres challenged Milan Lucic on Saturday night and naturally, Lucic declined.

    Right on queue, Bruins play-by-play commentator, Jack Edwards, goes on and on about how Scott is a useless goon and good on Lucic for not wasting his time with him.

    That argument, as Nilan says, it a complete pile of crap. If you are going to go out there and bully players, knock them down at the face off circle, chase them around and taunt them after taking a clean hit, beat on smaller players, you better be ready to fight anyone no matter how many minutes a game he plays.

    If Lucic was 5’11 and 190 lbs sure, don’t fight Scott. I didn’t buy into before about Lucic picking his spots but he most certainly does. The guy is a punk and a coward.

    A couple years down the road when Zdeno Chara retires and Lucic and the rest of the Bruins have to fight all their own battles, I’m hoping Lucic has no choice but to fight a guy like Scott. Jarred Tinordi is going to put on more weight and muscle, Connor Crisp and Mike McCarron are also big boys. Hopefully it’s one of those guys who sends Lucic to the hospital with a broken nose and some missing teeth.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I feel the need to endorse this post!

    • habs-fan-84 says:

      Agreed!

    • Mattyleg says:

      Hold on, what’s with calling Lucic a coward?

      I though he’d proven his bravery when he speared Emelin in the stones from behind!

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Problem is, Scott is probably not a skilled enough hockey player to be capable of simply laying a series of massive hits on Lucic. That’s what I would love to see — guys who spear scrotums and pile-drive goalies and small players being creamed legally. Absolutely no point in inviting Lucic to dance. He’ll always decline (unless it’s MAB. Or MAB’s mother).

      • HabinBurlington says:

        So I confronted a good Bruin friend of mine on Sunday. I asked him why the lab monkey gone bad had to be protected by the lab chimp gone crazy. He looked at me puzzled, so I translated into grunts and groans and he finally understood the question. He actually had no answer, he said Lucic should be able to protect himself on his own.

  65. HabinBurlington says:

    Crap, I can’t believe I was away during the Retro show on the last thread! I was getting worried about him during the last couple weeks of season, he was almost getting positive regarding Habs.

    Glad to see everything is normal and he can’t wait to make bets on Boston winning and Montreal losing. With fans like him, we are in great shape!

    And the retro-monkey was perfect!

  66. habs_54321 says:

    very surprised too see trotz in nashville fired, imo it’s the gm that needs too go, i once thought highly of nashville’s management but at some point they started making boneheaded managing decisions (Franson for slaney really????)

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Possibly very sad for Trotz, but could be a great opportunity for him. Great coach, new scenery. Wishing him well.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      wasn’t technically fired he just was not renewed in his contract. He is a good coach and will be back in the NHL next year

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Perhaps now that they have an owner (part owner) who is Canadian, he explained to the rest of the ownership group that there is a second season in the NHL called the playoffs. Could very well be they had no idea, thus they realized Trotz while having great expressions, never coached his team to any playoff success.

      I’m guessing if results no better next year, Poile is next to go. Having said that, if the team is doing well in ticket sales, making profits, that is a big part of the GM’s job in a market like that.

  67. Habcouver says:

    Great news about de la Rose. 6’3″ frame, 18 years old, still filling out.

    We Are (Not) All Canucks.
    Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

  68. HabinBurlington says:

    Has/was Beaulieu sent back down to Hamilton? The fact Gorges is practising on 2nd pp unit, does this mean perhaps 4th pairing is Tinordi/Weaver or Murray/Weaver?

  69. DipsyDoodler says:

    TSN’s hockey news today:

    Three stories about Brendan Shanahan being appointed corporate lickspittle by MLSE.

    Jonathan Bernier had hernia surgery.

    —–
    Moving. Forward.

  70. DipsyDoodler says:

    In other news, Magnus Nygren’s Farjestads has made it to the Swedish Elite League finals against defending champs Skellefteå.

    Farjestads’ fortunes turned around after Nygren returned to Sweden. I’m not sure how much he had to do with it, but he leads the SHL in points/game for defence men.

    —–
    Moving. Forward.

    • Cal says:

      I think he is a better version of Beaulieu- right handed shot, too.
      He can make the Habs for 2015/16 at the latest.

      • DipsyDoodler says:

        He’s 23. No need to wait.

        I’d like he, Beaulieu and Tinordi to get every chance to make the big club next season. They are ready to learn on the job.

        —–
        Moving. Forward.

        • Cal says:

          Think MB and Co. have decided to go for it this season and then open up jobs on D for Nygren, Beaulieu and Tinordi?
          IF the Habs fail badly this playoff I think we’ll see a lot of them this fall.

    • Habcouver says:

      Was Nygren having problems in reporting to the Dogs? I can acknowledge that he felt he would develop better in Sweden this past year but is he going to make the same claim for the next year if he doesn’t make the Habs?

      We Are (Not) All Canucks.
      Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

      • Kooch7800 says:

        I don’t think he will go back to the bulldogs. If they want him he will have to make the team outright. Who knows what the actual relationship is like but most likely it will take MB going to talk to him if they are sure he will make the team.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I can see this playing out much like Emelin. He will probably stay in Europe until given NHL contract by Habs.

        • Kooch7800 says:

          this will happen more and more as there are leagues out there paying good coin. If you are not a sure shot to make the NHL why should you take less money than you could playing in a pro team in another league. You only have a somewhat short career as an athlete and making and staying in the NHL is not easy. Have to make money when you can.

          The KHL and some of the other EU leagues I am sure pay much better than the AHL

    • Hoegaarden says:

      I just hope the Habs do not pull a Beauchemin on Nygren and end up losing him for nothing. It will be an interesting summer when it comes to the D squad.

  71. RetroMonkey says:

    Habs stink.Only the Bruins are any good in the East.
    Oh, yeah, the Leafs are good, too. If Bruins could find a way to get Phaneuf, they will win 5 straight Cups.

    Bruins will win with Rask in nets.

  72. Luke says:

    Did anyone watch the re-enactment of the Maple Leafs’ season featuring the cast of Game of Thrones last night?

  73. derfab says:

    Lars should play on the wing with Pleks and Gallagher. That line has to score for us to get past Tampa.

    • Luke says:

      I think they want Plex playing with scorers, hence the reason Lars isn’t playing with him…

      (Ba-dumpt-tissssss….)
      But seriously folks… It looks like Lars is going to check Stamkos (with Gio and Prusty) and Briere/Plex/Gallagher are the secondary scoring unit.

      • Mattyleg says:

        That’s what I was thinking, but I’m not allowed to say it.
        Burly would be all over me like I was covered in Jaegermeister.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

        • HabinBurlington says:

          He he!

          Edit: Matty perhaps I misread your opening point on the last thread. Simply put, I look forward to playoffs, but do think the organization should indeed expect to win this opening series, and if they don’t, appropriate tweaking is required.

  74. DipsyDoodler says:

    Welcome back Lars.

    —–
    Moving. Forward.

  75. Cal says:

    It seems a lot of fans around here “bullet proof” themselves to “protect” themselves from the team actually losing games. (As if losing a game or two is a cardinal sin.) The Gooins, with the best record in the league lost 28 times (including OT). Expectations are unrealistic in this parity league.

  76. Chrisadiens says:

    You sure about that? 7 times at home?

    Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

  77. Dunboyne Mike says:

    eye-witness account = back-up.
    Thanks for that, scotland.


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