Good morning, eighth place

A Boston win last night sent the Canadiens tumbling out of their perch atop the Northeast Division and into the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Each team has 42 points, but the Bruins have played fewer games and have a higher points percentage, which is the first tie-breaker.

Canadiens expect a rough ride in D.C.

Will the weatherman deliver in Pittsburgh?

Arpon Basu on Carey Price

Bruins win, move into first

Pierre Ladouceur’s Canadiens report card

• Guy Carbonneau on holiday season slumps

• Yahoo Sports feature on Louis Leblanc


  1. LA Loyalist says:

    Sigh… so because we ALWAYS have a crappy road trip (especially to Florida) it’s ok? 

    Brunette I will let other guys comment on because I haven’t watched him lately. 

    Kaberle we’ve discussed before, I would do it, espesh with Markov out, 1. his skill set is exactly what we need offensively 2. to mentor Weber and PK, and 3. I think it’s doable because Burke hates him and needs to look like he’s doing something.

    This is on BG/PG’s head because we should have found a way to keep Streit.

    Finally if you can find us a big forward who can create chaos in front of the oppo’s net, then we might be getting somewhere. 

    As for our division, you are right, it’s a smash-up. And at least one team will miss the playoffs by a loser point on the last night of the year. Do we really want to roll the dice like that? Washington has the firepower to rip off 5-6 wins in a row to offsett their slump (including tonight). We don’t, these games we drop by mailing it in like in Long Island will bite us on the ass, I guarantee you.


  2. LA Loyalist says:

    If we don’t play Half Nelson how are we going to find out if he’s any good or not? 

  3. nfldanchor says:

    Obviously you haven’t checked Ryders stats lately! Have a look and he is ahead of a lot of Habs players on our current roster and with a smaller salary. Also he has 22 points and thats more than Gionta or Gomez

  4. nfldanchor says:

    Obviously you haven’t checked Ryders stats lately! Have a look and he is ahead of a lot of Habs players on our current roster and with a smaller salary.

  5. punkster says:

    Hey…HEY…whoa there mister!


  6. JohnBellyful says:

    You’re right. A half-nelson would have constituted reasonable force.

  7. TommyB says:

    Since being rescued from the Habs, their management, and coaches….Ryder has scored 27, 18, and 10 (so far this year) goals.  What would you say has ruined him since he joined his pal Claude Julien in Boston?

  8. Mattyleg says:

    heh heh.

    ‘Ruined’ players. Poor little angels.

    Ryder lost it and never got it back. Nothing to do with coaching. It’s all about heart.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  9. Bugs says:

    In all fairness, he mighta gone too far with the full nelson on the coach.

    Unquestionably unquestionable, I think I’m

    L. Bugs Potter, esq., Herzog of ze Abominable Habsuchtig Brigade, Markgraf of ze Fearsome Flanell Flausen Flank, und devoted minion of ze Habsbros Order:

  10. nfldanchor says:

    We need more players like Moen to grind ,hit and fight . We are too soft and that will be our downfall again this year. At least PK plays a rough ,chirpy , wild west style as well . We need a player with decent size and toughness added to our team . We don’t have anyone to protect our stars and the Flyers,Sharks etc… take advantage of that!

  11. nfldanchor says:

    Yes it really worked so far when you kill the confidence of a rookie with star potential but let a guy like ELLER get a free ride. Why one and not the other. Eller is doing absolutely nothing out there but yet never hear his name mentioned. Its because he was part of the Halak deal and they don’t wan’t PG to look bad!  Players can’t improve in the pressbox especially when it used too many times . P.S. I hope you were being sarcastic with your comment about the pressbox.  JM is losing the ship and it is taking on water because he doesn’t know how to motivate or treat his players. Too bad Jacques Demers  isn’t available!

  12. RJ says:

    Perhaps JM should shuffle the lines again.

    “My face is my mask,” Gump Worsley

  13. JohnBellyful says:

    Based on his antics in practice, PK is obviously short form for PunK. Gone are the fond hopes I had for this lad.

  14. nfldanchor says:

    When you place the blame on a rookie such as PK you are in trouble. Where was the rest of the team against the Isles the other night. It was disgraceful to watch and it was the worst showing of the season . PK wasn’t out for that one either . When is JM going to learn that PK doesn’t work well with Picard and give him a new defense partner! Common sense goes a long way and destroying the confidence of one of the best young ,exciting players we had in years is not helping the team. I like Subban’s enthusiam ,grit ,determination ,toughness . The rest of the team should play the same way and we wouldn’t be in 8th place and falling fast. Remember  Carbo with Ryder and benching him night after night (a proven 30 goal scorer in the pressbox) where did that get the Habs and now Ryder is with our rival Bruins and in first place too!

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