Emelin skates wearing regular practice jersey; Desharnais on fourth line

Canadiens defenceman Alexei Emelin, who has been sidelined since last season after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery, practised with his teammates Monday in Brossard while wearing a regular practice jersey. It marked the first time he has participated in a practice without wearing a no-contact jersey.

Last week, Emelin signed a four-year, $16.4-million contract extension with the club that takes him through the 2017-18 season.

Martin St-Pierre, who was called up from the Hamilton Bulldogs on Sunday night, also took part in the practice. Travis Moen was wearing a no-contact jersey at practice along with a visor to protect a fractured orbital bone suffered on Oct. 26 in a game against the San Jose Sharks. Moen won’t be ready for Tuesday’s game against the St. Louis Blues at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN Radio 690), but hopes to play Thursday in Ottawa against the Senators.

“Obviously it was a scary call,” Moen said of the eye injury. “I’ve had a few in my career that obviously make you really think about putting a visor on. They won’t let me play without one for at least four to six weeks. So I’ll tough it out for then and then make a decision (about keeping the visor on).”

Daniel Brière skated Monday for the first time since suffering a concussion on Oct. 19 against the Nashville Predators. No timetable has been set for his return to the lineup, but coach Michel Therrien said he is symptom free. Brandon Prust, who injured his shoulder during the same game against Nashville, also skated Monday but no date has been set for his return to the lineup. Brière and Moen both skated on the second practice rink in Brossard.

Monday was Therrien’s 50th birthday and Brendan Gallagher celebrated the occasion by giving the coach a cream pie to the face. After practice, Therrien confirmed that Carey Price will start in goal Tuesday night against the Blues.

When asked about P.K. Subban’s play this season, Therrien told reporters in Brossard: “He’s a thoroughbred, but you have to guide a thoroughbred so he’ll win you the race.”

David Desharnais, who has only one assist in 15 games and is minus-2 in the first season of a four-year, $14-million contract, was demoted to the fourth line at practice with Ryan White and George Parros.

“He wants success and we’re working with him to make sure that he’s going to get some success,” Therrien said about Desharnais. “But, obviously, the success is not there. So now we’re in a position that we have to make decisions. And we try everything with him. As a coaching staff, we met him, we showed him videos, we gave him ice time to make sure that he was able to get out of that slump. But there’s a time that as a coaching staff that we had to make some decisions and because the results are not there. Yes, we’re coaching indivduals, but in the meantime we’re coaching a hockey team as well. So we’ve got to make sure that we’re putting the best lineup that we’re thinking is going to make us win hockey games.

“We haven’t given up hope,” Therrien added. “For sure, the results are forcing us to make decisions and we have to make those decisions.”

The Canadiens also announced on Monday that Price is the Molson Cup recipient for the month of October. Price was selected five times as the first star of the game (on Oct. 5 against Philadelphia, Oct. 12 at Vancouver, Oct. 15 in Winnipeg, Oct. 17 against the Columbus and Oct. 29 against Dallas) and once as the second star (Oct. 19 against Nashville). Price finished ahead of Tomas Plekanec and Michaël Bournival. Price had a 6-5-0 record in 11 games in October, with a 2.02 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage. He will be presented with the Molson Cup before Tuesday’s game.

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

Bourque – Plekanec – Gionta
Pacioretty – Galchenyuk – Gallagher
Leblanc – Eller – Bourque
Desharnais – White – Parros
St-Pierre – Moen

Diaz – Gorges
Markov – Subban
Murray – Bouillon
Emelin – Pateryn

After Tuesday’s game against the Blues, the Canadiens will travel to Ottawa to face the Senators Thursday night (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690) and then play a rare Sunday night game at the Bell Centre against the New York Islanders (6 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

(Photo by John Mahoney/The Gazette)

You can watch a Gazette video from practice here:

Desharnais gets moved to the fourth line by Brenda Branswell

Habs vs. Blues Preview, NHL.com

Words from the room after practice (video), Canadiens.com

Habs Notebook, Canadiens.com

Therrien partly to blame for Subban’s detractors, by Jack Todd

Galchenyuk to play centre against Blues, by Pat Hickey

Blues/Habs stats, Blues.nhl.com

How Chris Chelios’s Hall of Fame career almost never happened, Yahoo! Sports

Pominville, Fleury, Chimera named NHL’s three stars of week, NHL.com

Shattenkirk rounding into form with Blues, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Former Hab Savage bounced from Battle of the Blades, Stu on Sports blog

808 Comments

  1. Bugs says:

    There once was a smurf from Sag-Nay
    Who was given a cushy pay-day
    And Satan’s dark hex
    And evil did flex
    And now Gomez looks like Mes-sier.

    Left turn-missin’ L. B. Potter.

  2. The Dude says:

    Yep… It’s all on Desharnaise…All the things that whoa the team is a simple fix ‘no more DD’! If only it was that easy,eh! You all believe in Santa no doubt?

  3. Bob_Sacamano says:

    It was about time but let´s be honest: Would you rather have DD in the lineup or Parros? This fourth line with St.Pierre, White and Parros absolutely makes no sense and there´s a good chance it will cost us again like at Minnesota.

  4. Say Ash says:

    So we went from a guy that’s 5’7″ to a guy that’s 5’9″. That’s progress, I guess.

  5. krob1000 says:

    Maybe it will do DD some good to see the game from a bit more elevated perspective

  6. frontenac1 says:

    “Let me in, it’s Dave!” …..Dave?Dave? Dave”s not Here,man.

  7. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Who’s more likely to make it on SportsCenter for doing something stupid tonite, Lappy or Whitey?

  8. shiram says:

    Martin St-Pierre should be extra motivated tonight.
    Sure he never stuck to the NHL, but that dream must still be alive in him, and while storied like Darche, where an older player finally sticks to an NHL club are rare, you have to figure it’s still something he thinks about.

    So tonight he gets a shot, another shot at trying to make himself a place on the big club, he’s shown to have some offensive flair, and he is a veteran.

    Could he displace DD in the long run? Maybe, probably not, when you consider the contracts in place, it’s a tough switch to pull.
    But I hope he is motivated and plays his heart out.

  9. Propwash says:

    DD scratched?

    I think Satan just uttered “is it me, or did it suddenly get really chilly?”

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  10. Steeltown Hab says:

    Desharnais finally scratched. Long time coming, pretty shocked to hear the rationale when they mentioned they we’re working with him, film, making sure he got enough ice time to get going etc, but nothing worked.

    Really shows the organization didn’t want that contract to look like a joke but unfortunately it’s gotten to that point.

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    Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Emelin – @J_Perez22

  11. HabinBurlington says:

    Really a shame Briere isn’t playing right now, with the desperation in Toronto for a center, I wonder if he could have been traded for a decent pick.

  12. Habfan10912 says:

    @L- is that Lucy in your avatar or Burly after a night on the town with Front?

  13. SmartDog says:

    Late to the party on this, but in what other sport could a guy go the distance of the field, pound the crap out of an unwilling participant, and not get suspended?

    NHL leadership is an embarrassment. Bettman, Campbell, and Shamaham are a repulsive trio.

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    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

    • The Jackal says:

      Ugh, yeah.
      And what’s worse is he gets off without any consequences. Forget a suspension, that’s borderline assault!

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    • Mustang says:

      SD, this is something that I simply do not understand. The refs would not even allow one of his team mates to help him. However, there is an old saying that payback is a b!tch. Maybe Emery will get his one of these days.

    • shiram says:

      There were rumours of a 10 game suspension for goalies crossing the middle line yesterday.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      SD, Kerry Fraser weighed in quite honestly about that play. You may want to read his response to what happened.

      http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=435837

      • SmartDog says:

        Yah, I just read it. It’s actually why I wrote this.

        He rightly points the finger at the refs for not doing enough. But he skirts the bigger issue by saying “as long as there is fighting in hockey”. I like Fraser and his column but I disagree with this “oh well, thems the rules” view. The league COULD suspend Emery if they wanted. They don’t want to.

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  14. Timo says:

    Lavoie says that Emelin will be seeing his doctor next week to get the green light. Could be in the lineup as of next week.

    Woo!!!

  15. Fransaskois says:

    If there’s one positive about DD, it’s that he always gives a solid effort…. it just doesn’t amount to much. With Gomez, I felt that he’d float around the ice, lose the puck on the offensive blue-line and look uncommitted for 19/20 shifts in a game. At the very least, it keeps me from disliking Desharnais.

    • shiram says:

      He seems to struggle alot more though, physically and speed-wise he does not seem to be able to do the things he was doing before.
      Maybe he does not have the space that Cole/Patches created for him before.

      I see also that Patches is not playing the same game as 2 seasons ago, he’s not as physical and rushing anymore.

      • Fransaskois says:

        To me, after looking at game footage during his big year and even last year, he really doesn’t exhibit the poise and confidence with the puck that he used to. He’s actually noticeably faster than during his big years but he’s not as capable of carrying the puck, he can’t get through any sort of traffic and he can’t win puck battles. It seems to me that he’s panicking and not making the smart pass and as you said, a lot of this can be attributed to his line mates being unable to open up space for themselves and Desharnais to connect those passes.

        • shiram says:

          DD was one of a number of players that came in camp after losing some weight over the summer, Moen was another, and for him it seems it was a good idea.
          Not sure that it was any benefit for DD.

  16. Bill says:

    Luke, looks like you’re correct. DD definitely scratched tonight.

  17. sprague cleghorn says:

    Renaud:

    Martin St-Pierre in, David Desharnais out

    … ‘ow could we forget that?

  18. Timo says:

    Does anyone from the Gazette attend practices anymore?

  19. Fransaskois says:

    The Blues are a very good hockey team. Lots of depth, lots of skill, lots of physicality, elite defensively, well-coached, solid goaltending etc. They aren’t a complete team as IMO don’t have many players with high-end/game-breaking offensive skill but, they’re well on their way. Not quite as impressive as a team like Chicago but one of the top teams in the league.

    Steen-Backes-Oshie
    Schwartz-Berglund-Tarasenko
    Roy-Sobotka-Stewart
    Porter-Lapierre-Reaves

    Bouwmeester-Pietrangelo
    Jackman-Shattenkirk
    Leopold-Polak

    Halak

    • The Jackal says:

      Why is that?
      You seem to admire those that stand up for those being mistreated/disrespected.
      Pricebots stand up for Carey, who in contrast to PK, has actually been disrespected and thrown under the bus, for quite a while now, by the fans and the media.

      PKbots? I’d be the first to line up to defend PK if there was something going on. But at the moment the wiring of the PKbots has them malfunctioning, they seem to have erroneously picked up on a transgression that requires intervention. IMO, the programming has a few glitches that make the bots misinterpret plain statements.

      ;)

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  20. Luke says:

    DD scratched.
    St-Pierre in.

    so says Arpon, (maybe i’m guess with my translation)

    I’m gonna go wait for that thread to be posted so i can be the “First” and deny Timo!

  21. Timo says:

    According to G. Therrien, Briere and Prust on the ice.

    Optional practice, lots of shots on goal (guess they are getting Price mentally ready to face lots of rubber).

  22. jeffhabfan says:

    Tonight will not be easy another tough west team. Hopefully we can pull it out tonight maybe D.D. WILL FINILLY SCORE. GO HABS GO.

  23. Timo says:

    Ok, TONIGHT is when DD rises to the occasion. I see a big physical game from him tonight.

  24. Timo says:

    Halak with a hat-trick tonight.

  25. C-Sword says:

    Not going to be easy tonight, not only do the Blues play tight defensively, they have a very effective forecheck, I watched them play against the Kings in the last playoffs and when they hit, they hit hard!

  26. JF says:

    Unfortunately, tonight’s game will be preceded by the awarding of the Molson Cup for October to Price. If history is anything to go by, Price will then be scored on three times while the goaltender at the other end will pick up a shutout stopping not much more than a dozen shots from the outside.

  27. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Habs 4-2 over Blues. Eller 1 goal & 1 assist.

  28. Say Ash says:

    Anybody looking to take a flier tonight? Buffalo in San Jose is -420. I can’t recall ever seeing it that high.

  29. youngwun says:

    Why isn’t bournival in the lineup?

  30. L Elle says:

    HIO reminds me these days of the toxic environment known as Price vs Halak. When we believe in someone or something we are relentless.
    Excuses vs Reasons equaling the notion that one man’s terrorist is anothers’ freedom fighter.

    Some players are given good reason for their sucktitude (not to imply permanent sucktitude)

    “Pleks has never had decent linemates”
    “PK is being ruined by MT”
    “Budaj doesn’t get enough games”

    While, for others, there is good reason for their sucktitude, even when playing well. No, no, we never cut them any slack.

    “Bourque is useless and a floater”
    “Briere is old and useless, past his prime”
    “DD is a francophone, nuff said”
    “Diaz is a soff SwissMiss”
    “Drewiske, the worst hiring on this planet”
    “Gionta, too short to be a Captain.”
    “Gorges brings nothing to this team, except shot blocking, BFD.”
    “LL is another francophone bust”
    “Big Doug is slower’n molasses.”
    “MaxP is injury prone”
    “Parros can’t skate, and is not even that great of a fighter”

    A truly great player will excel even with an average coach, imho.

    There is only one reason our team is not at the top. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, exhibit A, the roster of the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens.

    http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/leagues/seasons/teams/0000451977.html

    N.B: I purposely left out Price. ; )

  31. Luke says:

    Y’know, the PK vs MT talk is a lot of fun (or not) and it’s taken a bit away from the Price vs Halak talk…

    But to be honest, what I am really looking forward to tonight is PK vs Pietrangelo.

    Both of these guys are special hockey players.
    I was able to watch them play against each other in junior and it was a phenomenal match-up. PK’s agressive, dynamic style matched beautifully with Pietrangelo’s controlled cerebral game.

    It was awesome to watch. Pk would rush the puck, throw great hits and the arena would come to life. Peitrangelo would carry the puck and the game would slow down and he’d just control the game.

    I’d rather have them both on the team, but if I had one guy and I was asked to trade him straight up for the other, I’d do it.

    I think this’ll be the first time we see them play eaqch other as bona fide stars, not youngsters or guys with potential.

    This should be awesome.

    • The Jackal says:

      Sounds like a great duel.
      I wonder if the Team Canada considerations will affect the game of these two young stars?

      I’m not worried about PK but I think the Team Canada talk may be in his head – he may be trying too hard to impress these days.

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  32. Max_a_million says:

    Worried about Eller?

    He’s been given a third line with an AHL guy, and a guy who glides too much. We always worry about Plekanek in the same situations. He is fine.

    The thing that worries me with DD is that it has nothing to do with how much he is trying. The kid is trying with all of his heart, and it’s not enough.

  33. ahh…. it’s all too depressing. I’m not even watching the games since they are clearly a .500 team, with streaky players and a perennial size problem. Being a fan doesn’t mean being blind and I’ve been a Habs fan since the 1960’s. I was spoiled by the early years through the 1980’s. I fear we will be constrained to a Laffs and ‘Nucks fate of no Cup for 40 years. Make me feel better…

    Promote the Youth, Support From The Veterans and Remember the Heritage!

    • joeybarrie says:

      I never understood only being able to support the team when they are the best. There isn’t 6 teams anymore.
      MOST teams in this league are in the middle.
      THREE WINS are the difference between where we stand now and being the number one team in the league.
      Last season in the East 4 wins separated 7 teams from 3rd to tenth. 5 wins separated 14 teams ranking from 4th to 18th.
      The year before that 5 wins separated the top 10 teams in the entire league.
      Its not depressing unless the only way you can enjoy the Habs is if they win the Cup every year.

    • Cal says:

      Ummm, the further we are removed from the last Cup win the closer we are to the Habs next Cup win?
      Hell, knowing that I feel better already! ;)

  34. 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

    The following slightly amended post should be considered when pontificating on the struggles of a certain Hab centre …

    During the 2010-11 season, he scored a career-high 30 goals and added 32 assists.

    This year, playing a lockout-shortened schedule, he has been a shell of his former self. Heading into Friday’s game against xxxx, he has just six goals in 41 games. He has just two in the last 27. He played only 10 minutes, 53 seconds against Buffalo Wednesday, his second-lowest ice time this season. And he has been yanked off the power play.

    He is struggling mightily, and at practice Thursday all signs pointed to him being a healthy scratch Friday. He seemed resigned to the possibility and said he wouldn’t harbor any anger at coach xxx

    “I wouldn’t blame anyone but myself,’’ “If that’s what needs to be done in order to get myself going, then I’m most for what’s best for the team and not best for myself.

    “I want to be a part of the team, I want to be better, I want to contribute. I know I can be a big part of the team. Ultimately, it all comes down to myself.”

    The coach wasn’t 100 percent sure he would sit. He also isn’t sure what the problem is.

    “If I knew, I’d certainly correct it,’’ said the coach. “We’ve tried different things. Right now, he doesn’t seem to be as emotionally engaged. Whether it’s confidence, whether there are issues, I don’t know, I really don’t know.

    “We know what he is capable of doing. Somehow we’ve got to hope that he finds that.”

    When asked if he thought time off might be beneficial, the player wasn’t sure.

    “We’ll see,’’ he said. “Time will tell.

    “I think, right now, it’s just getting that hunger and emotion back in the game and trying to figure out how to play with it again to where it was and where it can be at such a high level. If I figure that out, everything else will take care of itself.

    “It’s been a frustrating year. You want to be better, you’ve got to be better, and I’ve just got to do my best to try to work through this.

    “You’ve got to find ways and find little things to try to work your way through it. It’s definitely not going to be easy. You’ve got to get over the mental hump.

    “Right now, that’s where it’s at. You’ve just got to get over the thinking process of thinking negatively and try to think positively and hopefully it can turn things around.’’

    If his confidence was sky-high in 2010-11, it now seems to be as low as it can go.

    “It’s not where it was two years ago or last year,’’ he said . “It’s almost back to where I was at Year 3, where things are just not going the way you want them to go.

    “Enough of the excuses. You can’t just keep making excuses and saying all these things and pointing fingers and stuff like that. You’ve got to try to work yourself through it.

    “It’s times like this, if you get through it, that kind of makes you stronger as a person and as a player. You want to try to get through it to try to make you stronger because you want to contribute for your team, you want to contribute for your teammates. You want to contribute for the fans and the city.

    “For myself, I’ve taken pride in trying to be a big part of this team. Right now, it [stinks] because you haven’t had that same effect that you know you can bring.”

    The coach said it has been hard to watch the player having such a difficult time. The coaching staff has attempted to steer him back to what made him successful, to no avail.

    “I don’t know what it is, but we all know he’s struggling right now,’’ said the coach. “We’ve had our chats about his game for a while now. He’s really trying to turn the corner but doesn’t seem to be able to. So, as a coach, you’re trying to help him through that stuff.

    “A big portion of it is going to have to come from him, obviously. We can support him and give him opportunities, but at the end of the day, you have to be able to step up there, and he knows he’s not.”

    And that player is?

    “Don’t crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers”

  35. habsfan0 says:

    Eller will break out of his slump and have a big game against his former team tonight.

  36. Curtis O Habs says:

    Mr. Parros has some business to take care of on Thursday. I am looking at you Eric Gryba.

    • Thursday? That game means nothing right now. Focus on the Blues, they are one well coached disgusting team and we need to focus on cheering our boys on. Last time the Habs player the Blues the boys game them free play. Something like a pitty win for Jaroslav and Allen Walsh.

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    • Luke says:

      I reckon Ryan and Spezza will be waiting to hop the boards the moment they can when Parros is on the ice.

      The walrus will instruct Gryba not to do anything and Spezza and Ryan will dance all over that Parros line.

      Later on (or maybe even earlier) Parros will fight Kassian to make sure Gryba understands that he can’t hit Eller.

      • 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

        And that’s if Gryba is even playing … he has essentially split the time with Corvo. Given that even if dressed, Moen is not dropping the mitts and Prust is out, the Moar Bigger Brigade of HIO should realize that their fantasy lineup is not in place.

        “Don’t crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers”

      • scavanau says:

        Ryan and Spezza should be introduced to the Subban “bee sting”

        • Luke says:

          Ryan is big enough to bounce that sting back. Spezza may just dance around it… repeatedly.
          (Sorry having flashbacks of the Souray and Spezza high light reel…)

  37. Therrien- Hey PK got a minute?
    PK- Yeah coach?
    Therrien- Big game vs the Blues coming up and we gotta keep the media off the Halak story.
    PK- I gotcha coach, I’ll play it up big time
    Therrien -Good Man

    WELL I HAVEN’T FORGOTTEN

    BLUES SUCK, HABS ROCK

    go Habs Go

    Go HaBs gO

    CAREY CAREY CAREY

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    • krob1000 says:

      Lost in all of this mess is the toll all of the media and negative publicity re the Eller story appears to have had on him. I am not at all worreid about PK….Eller on the other hand is a kid who clearly needs his confidence to be effective and I hope they work on getting him going again.

      • I think Eller is on pace to increase is stats from last year. As soon as the team gets healthy, he’s gonna rip it up. Everyone right now have been playing cautious hockey. That happens when you lose guys to injury because you don’t want to be the next guy out.

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  38. frontenac1 says:

    @maritime Ron. Thanks for bringing up the facts amigo. He was pretty good eh? Why do I remember him driving me nuts and pissing me off during the regular season? Oh well.Saludos!

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      front
      I think many of us thought the same way in that he should have had so many more goals during the season than he actually scored…and yea, he did score some huge palyoff goals

  39. frontenac1 says:

    @jm. I seem to recall in the First game the 4th line was Parros,White and Moen and it was excellent. Until that faceplant by “Stache.

  40. Luke says:

    An interesting thing I noticed when glancing at Stubb’s roster sheet for tonight’s game:

    Now St. Louis has 3 games in hand skewing things a touch but:

    Montreal is: 8-7-0 – 41Goals For; 31 Goals Against
    St. Louis is: 8-2-2 – 44GF; 29GA

    The Back ups:
    Peter Budaj – 3GP – 2-1-0 1.34 GAA .953 S%
    Brian Elliott – 3GP – 1-0-1 2.07 GAA .932 S%

    The Starters:

    Carey Price – 12GP – 6-6-0 2.19 GAA .932 S%
    Jaro Halak – 10 GP – 7-2-0 2.35 GAA .909 S%

    For goalie starts that (marginally) favour the Montreal net minders, you would expect it looking at those team records.

    I’ll leave it to someone smarter than I to figure out what that all means.

    • krob1000 says:

      I think it means life is meaning and meaning is life and thinking about what has already been thought means you done thunk too much and not enough at once…now think about that.

    • It means that the Habs goaltenders are better than the Blues goaltenders. How bad is the west? Pretty freakin bad less maybe three teams.

      GAME ON HABBIES

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    • Maritime Ronn says:

      hi Luke

      St.Louis is 2nd in the NHL in Goals per Game at 3.71.
      Habs are 15th at 2.73.

      Habs are 4th in the NHL for goals againt at 2.07
      St. Louis is 7th at 2.33

      St.Louis had the top power play in the NHL
      Montreal is 3rd in the NHL

      Montreal is 9th for PK
      St;Louis is 19th

      Montreal wins 87.5% when they score first
      St. Louis wins 77.8% when they score first

      What does it all mean?
      I don’t have a clue.

  41. sCOTT1243 says:

    Not sure if posted but TSN has a report that PK is too rough in practice and MT makes a comment about not needing to hurt players in practice.

    Some of you guys might be right with this MT/PK thing.
    Maybe some of these guys need to get waking up by Subby.

  42. Ian Cobb says:

    Thank goodness Brenda had the balls to make the move that Therrien could not. Great job Brenda!
    Desharnais gets moved to the fourth line by Brenda Branswell.

    All pictures are on this link, take a peek by clicking onto the photo button.
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Montreal-Canadiens-We-Are-Fans-Summit/197390760316125

  43. Bugs says:

    Gonna go out and ask the question no one has ever, EVER brought up, even bothered to consider, ever dreamed up, EVER, but which needs askin.
    Sorry to hurt feelings and point out this issue that no one at all has noticed at all, EVER. Here it is:
    What in HELL is goin on with Dezzy Dezarnay?!?

    Left turn-missin’ L. B. Potter.

  44. frontenac1 says:

    Hey Amigos! Remember Claude Lemieux? Played like sh#t during the season but was Lights Out amazing in the Playoffs? Maybe Danny Boy will……., Ah,the morning after the night before.

  45. habstrinifan says:

    Been reading with a degree of amusement, familiarity and concern all the posts theorizing on the situation between the morally effervescent Therrien and HIS charge P.K Subban.

    Note that my Sunday Catechism classes are still with me as I have capitalized the pronoun reference to MT in honour of RDS’s deification of MT and his, albeit fallibly, omnipotent status. Although I do consider RDS’s exaltation of MT as the God of October a startling example of euhemerism.

    Those on either side of the issue may want to read the article, I have linked to in my post, to understand the turmoil that a person deals with when, perceived or real, he has to deal with unfair treatment within his ‘group’. The article also gives unambiguous clarification by a coach of standards he uses and insight into the effect on the play of those affected.

    http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/story/?id=435832

    Now I do accept and grant that one or two or maybe a dozen of you may feel anguished enough by my implied comparison and wish to stand up and punched me square in the nose(or worse). That reaction is paradoxically a fine corroboration of my point…the awkward emotions involved in dealing that situations like these.

    I will have to risk that. For, although I am not much of a fighter, I do stand as an indurate foe when standing on a matter of principle. And I will gladly accept those consequences. I should advise though that I recall with pride being assured through bloodied noses (my adversary and mine) that I can be one PRINCIPLED SOB!

    OK … you got me .. that recollection may be another example of
    euhemerism but I am sticking to it.

  46. Stevie.Ray says:

    Yesterday for Therriens 50th birth day, Subban pranked the coach by parking in his spot.

    Joking around with the coach does not sound like a tense relationship.

  47. Maksimir says:

    I think Eller needs to step it up a notch.. he’s gone stone cold… hope he is not going to be one of those perennial ‘streaky’ players… we’ve had enough of them over the years.

  48. Mavid says:

    We better win on Thursday..not just win but kick their sorry ass’s..I am pretty sick of hearing about the playoff’s..time to show them that they were just lucky..

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  49. Old Bald Bird says:

    A tweet from Bobby Dollas. I don’t know what it is in response to.

    For Gods sake leave Subban alone, let him make the mistakes he needs to make as a young superstar! Can’t play hockey under a microscope!


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