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

121 Comments

  1. 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!

  2. RJ says:

    Perhaps JM should shuffle the lines again.

    “My face is my mask,” Gump Worsley

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. joeybarrie says:

    Moen is an utility player who was playing on the top line to create space for the others. Secondary players like Moen are the reason a team wins the Stanley Cup. Often teams will do this, even when their players arent playing like crap.

    The other problem is to have a backup plan to replace Markov if we need it. Because without Markov this team has no chance at a cup run. That question has already been answered. But HOPEFULLY we are not scared to go out and get what we need.

    Our best option is to trade AK for the right player or some picks. Anything past the first round and even the first 15 is luck of the draw anyways (For the most part). We have some decent young players coming up and we are in a good position in that regards.

     

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  6. habs365 says:

    during practice yesterday martin had his top six players on the 1st and 2nd lines…if he leaves those lines together for games…win or lose will be no fault of martin’s…when you play you’re best together…what ever the outcome…there’s not much else a coach can do…the problem with martin he plays mind games…poor communicator and hands out punishment…there’s nothing more frustrating to a player or team…when he quits the stupid mind games and punishing his players…starts communicating with them…this team will be back on top again…other than being a little weak on offence…this team is a very good team…a goal scorer and a good Dman wouldn’t hurt…but than whom do you give away to get those guys…if you’re just doing it to make the playoffs…than next year you start over again…it’s a visious circle…you’re giving away players and draft picks…maybe down the road could win a cup…guess we’ll have to wait and see.

  7. Bugs says:

    Erratum: For the first time in Habsbros wonderful run, an error was discovered in our story concerning the ruckus PK caused during practice. A usually reliable reporter wrote PK’s name as Paul Kevin and later as Peter Kyle. Since this has obviously led to some confusion with our dear readers, we have since edited it to only PK.

    Please accept our apologies with this peace excerpt.

    “PK wasn’t done there. When Maxim Lapierre’s turn came to run the same play Plekanec just had, he yelled across the ice for PK not to try that same crap with him, which of course, only motivated PK even more, and instead of a right cross, Lapierre found himself caught and grabbed from collar to crotch, turned upside down, and power-slammed into the ice. A melee ensued despite PK pleading it was an accident and Jack Marty giving himself an aneurysm blowing on the whistle.”

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  8. Hobie Hansen says:

    All I can say is thank goodness we got off to that strong start and banked a bunch of early points. We are definitely at our lowest right now but I feel confident in saying we can right the ship.

     

    When you look at our top two lines, now that Pacioretty has arrived, I think they’re pretty darn good. Our bottom two lines may not have that true enforcer that would be nice but Moen, Lapierre, Darche, Pouliot, Halpern and Eller definitely show some scoring punch and grit.

     

    Missing Markov sucks! If we can get back to being close to where were before the slump began I think we’ll be fine until Gauthier adds a solid defenseman at the deadline.

     

    I’ve always steered away from arguing about the way the media portrays the Canadiens, but I am finding TSN.ca is getting carried away with their headlines about the Canadiens and mainly Subban.

     

    They’d never admit it and probably say they get complaints from fans of every team, but it sure looks like a couple of the producers or editors there are Leafs fans. They’ve been miserable since the lockout and anytime they see a chance to jump on the Habs they magnify it times ten.

     

  9. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’m sure this is the first time ever that anyone on the Habs ever had to worry about sitting for a game, this will certainly destroy their self-worth…

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  10. Timo says:

    You go JM! Keep ‘em on their toes. Don’t let them relax, keep ‘em guessing. Instill the fear of the pressbox. Worked wonders so far.

  11. SeriousFan09 says:

    No definite word on Subban being in tonight, more from MA Godin has JM saying decisions will be made based on personnel available.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  12. SLONCOLD says:

    last game it appeared he might have tweaked his knee or ankle.

  13. SeriousFan09 says:

    Not sure myself, but Gorges is pretty important to the room and he wants to play if he can, no matter how smashed up he feels, one of those kinds of players. I think he needs a night or two off though myself. The injury is undisclosed, I’ve not even heard a Twitter rumour about what is ailing him.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.


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