Habs looking to clinch playoff home-ice advantage vs. Islanders

It’s official now that the Canadiens will play the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the playoffs, and the Habs can clinch home-ice advantage Thursday night.

Montreal (45-27-8) has a three-point lead over Tampa (43-27-9) in the Atlantic Division with the Lightning holding a game in hand. The Canadiens have two games remaining in the regular season and the Lightning has three.

The Canadiens can clinch the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic Division with a win of any kind over the New York Islanders Thursday night at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690) and a loss of any kind by the Lightning against the Philadelphia Flyers in Tampa. The Canadiens could also clinch home-ice advantage with an overtime or shootout loss to the Islanders and a regulation loss by the Lightning against the Flyers.

The Canadiens play their final regular-season game Saturday at the Bell Centre against the New York Rangers. The Lightning’s final two games are Friday night at home against Columbus and Saturday afternoon in Washington.

Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times reported that Lightning goalie Ben Bishop could be out for as long as three weeks with what his agent says is an elbow injury. Bishop has been in goal for 37 of the Lightning’s 43 victories this season. Anders Lindback, who has a 6-12-2 record with a 3.11 goals-against average and a .884 save percentage, will fill in for Bishop.

The Canadiens held a optional morning skate Thursday in Brossard with only a few players taking part and there was no media availability. Goaltender Dustin Tokarski, who served as the backup to Peter Budaj for Wednesday’s 3-2 overtime loss in Chicago, was returned to the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs Thursday afternoon. Carey Price, who didn’t make the trip to Chicago, is expected to start in goal against the Islanders. Defenceman Douglas Murray, who has finished serving a three-game suspension, will be available to face the Isles.

Following Wednesday’s game in Chicago, forward Alex Galchenyuk was reportedly spotted leaving the arena on crutches after suffering a lower-body injury early in the first period. There are also reports Galchenyuk won’t be ready to play when the playoffs begin next week.

The Canadiens have won all three previous games against the Islanders this season.

Montreal will be the only Canadian team in the playoffs this year, the first time that has happened since 1973, when the Canadiens won the Stanley Cup.

(Gazette file photo/John Kenney)

Habs vs. Islanders preview, NHL.com

Game Notes

Habs eye home ice, NHL.com

Playoff Countdown, NHL.com

Lightning playoff hopes on life support after injury to goalie Bishop, Tampa Bay Times

Blackhawks sink Habs in OT, by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

Goalie Crawford kept Blackhawks in game, by Pat Hickey

Crawford credits coach Waite for his development, by Pat Hickey

Habs do fine tuning in Chicago, Canadiens.com

Pacioretty looking like a real bargain for Habs, Stu on Sports blog

231 Comments

  1. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …also, any news on Galchenyuk ?

    …sprain or tear ? …MCL or muscle bruise ?

    …Galchenyuk may not be up to Our expectations yet, but He is a lot of speed and latent skill to lose

  2. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …does anyOne know the problem with the H-Show segment with Coderre, Stu & Dave ?

    …not viewable, as no live link

  3. Habcouver says:

    Anyone out there would consider resting Marky in this game? I get this bad-azz feeling that Gallant or some other rookie may take a run at the General to try proving himself.

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  4. Luke says:

    Enjoy the game folks!

  5. frozengolf says:

    I don’t know if this was posted yet or not, but Bulldogs add some toughness and size from the ‘Q’. With Crisp, and now this kid, we’ve added some toughness to the organization over the past 12 months. Nice!
    http://hamiltonbulldogs.com/pressbox/news/?article_id=737

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  6. I’m confused… why did Ottawa let Bishop go if he’s so Mr. Wonderful? As I see it, he is good because he takes up plenty of space. His numbers are good not great despite his physical stature. Most of the netminders coming in are now being built like that and our big boy Carey at 6’3″ is becoming lilliputian

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

    • Phil C says:

      They opted to keep Lehner instead who also has a lot of upside.

    • shiram says:

      They had Anderson for now and Lehner for the future.
      They decided Bishop was the odd man out and tried to get something good for him.

    • Cardiac says:

      Bishop was due to become an RFA and Anderson was riding high in Ottawa so Bishop became expendable. The irony is the Sens got back Cory Conacher and a pick and put Conacher on waivers later this season. What a colossal f-up…

      “There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… some don’t.”
      – Jerry Maguire

  7. Wintercount says:

    The recent side by side pix of Bishop and Pang has me thinking i would like to see a side by side of PK now and one taken say a year and a half ago, as he appears, muscle wise, way bigger to me. I know Eller bulked in the off season and they both seem to fall a lot more then previous. Not as fluid.

    • four “blow-outs” last night, so maybe all the conditioning is hurting, Max, Gio, Frankie, PK

      I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

      • Wintercount says:

        I’m not sure, but I think some of Tiger’s problems are due to the fact he’s over bulked, so yeah, more muscle doesn’t always mean better performance. I just looked at a pix of PK in 2012 and he is a hell of a lot bigger now….?

  8. Cardiac says:

    The bottom three is pretty much set with Buffalo dead last and Edmonton and Florida duking it out for for 28th and 29th. Imagine if Edmonton finishes 29th and wins the lottery again!

    If you are Buffalo, are you drafting Ekblad or Reinhart? Same for Edmonton and Florida.

    “There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… some don’t.”
    – Jerry Maguire

    • ABHabsfan says:

      If Edm doesn’t get 1st overall they had better trade up to make sure they get Ekblad. They need to have defenseman, not another young centre in my opinion

      “man, I love winnin'; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
      Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

  9. hansolo says:

    Re: the photo above — Who says the Habs are smurfs? PK is 6 ft tall and he’s the shortest one of that bunch!

  10. WVHabsfan says:

    Hey Strummer. As an old goalie, their is a mental component that you have to take into consideration for most goalies

  11. Strummer says:

    Why can’t goalies play 82 games a season?
    Skaters do so.
    Is it more physically challenging to play 60 minutes in net rather than 20-25 minutes a defenseman?

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    • Paz says:

      It is for the Leafs’ goalies!

    • ABHabsfan says:

      I read somewhere that NHL goalies burn something in the neighbourhood of 3000 calories per game. Possible to lose 5-10 lbs even in sweat in one game.

      “man, I love winnin'; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
      Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

      • Paz says:

        I think it’s also pschologically draining, that’s why goalies are eccentric.

        • ABHabsfan says:

          I can attest to that! The willingness to stand in front of flying frozen rubber and enjoy being hit by it, well it takes a different kind of person

          “man, I love winnin'; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
          Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

    • shiram says:

      It’s a roster thing, they have a maximum number of players they can have on the team, and there is allowance for a second goalie.
      Playing the back up once in a while is beneficial, so it stayed.
      And the players, at most play half the total game

    • habs-fan-84 says:

      It’s not good on the knees and hips. Also, the equipment weighs a ton, relatively speaking. Goalies usually lose a few pounds every game.

      • Strummer says:

        I thought the new pads were lighter than the old leather ones after they got wet.
        But you would be right about the butterfly style that everyone plays now- must be stressful on kness/hips.

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  12. 24 Cups says:

    Tonight’s preview and Islander line-up.

    Please note: Brett Gallant is not a hockey player. He’s just a thug so no Hab should engage this guy in combat in any way.

    http://thereuschblog.com/?p=31383

  13. HUDSONHAB says:

    If Columbus finishes ahead of Philly then Philly gets the second wildcard spot and plays the Bruins.

  14. krob1000 says:

    Know your opponent quiz…
    without looking name the top 6 TB scorers…

  15. DipsyDoodler says:

    2008 was some year for defencemen: Doughty, Pietrangelo, Karlsson, Tyler Myers (who looked like the best of the lot in his 1st year).

    Poor Atlanta – they picked Zach Bogosian in 3rd.

    —–
    Moving. Forward.

    • Strummer says:

      2008 was also a great year for defence especially in Montreal with Markov, Komisarek, Streit, Hamrlik, Gorges – 1st place Eastern Conference

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  16. HUDSONHAB says:

    Wouldn’t it be great if the Flyers met the Bruins on the first round?

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      The now weird playoff structure does not allow that
      They could only meet in The Conference finals.

      • BriPro says:

        Our Habs will probably be meeting them, if both teams advance.

      • ABHabsfan says:

        It is possible for the Flyers to finish in the 2nd WC spot which would get them the Bruins. Right?

        “man, I love winnin'; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
        Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

      • Phil C says:

        The Flyers are in danger of falling into a wild card spot, so it’s possible. They are tied with Detroit and Columbus with 91 points.

      • jimmy shaker says:

        if they lose and c-bus wins they could drop into the wildcard spot and face the bruins.

        Shaker out!

      • Strummer says:

        Both Jackets and Wings would have to pass Flyers in the standings

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        • jimmy shaker says:

          Wings cannot move up. They are either finishing in the first wildcard spot or second one, and that’s all they can do now.

          Shaker out!

          • Strummer says:

            I stand corrected! Tutorial required for new playoff format!

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          • Rugger says:

            True, Wings can finish no higher than 7th…But if Columbus and Wings finish with more points than Philly, Columbus gets 3rd in the Metro, Wings get 7th and flyers get 8th so pflyers and Bruins pull a 1960’s Cold War MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction).

  17. CHicoHab says:

    Excuse me if this was talked about already. But with Bishop getting hurt why is Carey playing tonite and or Saturday. Considering he just came back from injury? Why take a chance?? Is it to help secure home ice?? If that’s the case he should of played last nite.

    • krob1000 says:

      So he doesn’t go into the playiofffs having not payed a game for a while. He didn’t have to make the road trip, could stay at hoema nd rest up..has to play agian before he start for the playoffs.

    • Habcouver says:

      I’m guessing combination of:
      – still need to secure home ice
      – home crowd pays to see Price, not Boods… good marketing
      – last games are tune up games for Carey to build confidence and make ever slight adjustments to his game

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  18. Sportsnet East Hockey noon show with Darren Millard & Co. will be discussing our Habs on Friday’s show. Looking forward to their comments. ONLY Canada team in this years playoffs since 1973.

    Go Habs Go!!!

  19. Hobie Hansen says:

    I was just reading the article from Tampa Bay Times about the Lightening being on life support without Ben Bishop. As Wayne Gretzky once said, that’s a crock of crap.

    I could see Anders Lindback, who’s 6’5″ tall, doing just fine in the TB net. His history and numbers aren’t great but we’re talking about playoff hockey. There have been plenty of guys who have made a name for themselves in the spring who weren’t even on the radar a month before.

    TB also has a wildcard in Kristers Gudlevskis, the guy who made 8000 crazy saves against Canada in the Olympics.

    Is it a big blow losing Bishop, absolutely. To say the series is over before it starts is just plain stupid. Not even close to being the truth.

    Only an idiot who has his head buried in a stats sheet would say something stupid like that.

    • Phil C says:

      I agree. With a good disciplined defensive system like Tampa’s, the goalie isn’t as important as it is for team like the Leafs.

      • krob1000 says:

        Bishop is 37-14…Lindback is 6-12. Bishop GAA 2.23 and Lindback 3.11. It definitely helps.
        Only playoff team he has beat is Philly…twice.

        • Phil C says:

          He looked pretty good getting the shutout against the Leafs. Playing everyday could make a difference too in his numbers.

          • krob1000 says:

            it could…or it could be mental…he had no idea he was going in…maybe he psyches himself out before games, maybe it was because the Leafs rolled over in that game and never really mounted much of an attack. I am not underestimating him….but not going to overestimate him either. He is unproven and what he has proven so far is that he is vulnerable…get to him early is the key..don’t let a goalie without confidence get any.

          • Phil C says:

            If the Habs could get to him early, I agree it could rattle him and the entire team.

    • Danno says:

      It’s not over but it is a game-changer. If Lindback isn’t up to the task TBL will be out in four. Of course, if he rises to the occasion, all bets are off. Stay tuned!

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    • The Jackal says:

      Man, too true. How many times have we been shut down by a no-name goalie who decides to make a name for himself against the Habs???

      I’m hoping this is not the case, even just this one time. Need our goaltending to be a huge factor contributing to our wins, Price needs to be as good as he has been and we need to take advantage of Lindback from the get-go.

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    • habcertain says:

      set the expectation as a woeful underdog and motivate the team. everyone will need to raise their game to compensate for the downgrade in goaltending.

    • BriPro says:

      Kristers Gudlevskis….

      I keep thinking of Cam Ward in 2006, who came from nowhere, and stole our last true shot at the cup.
      I believe that series was the catalyst for his first big contract (for the time, anyhow) at 3 years, $8MM.

      The last thing this team and this market needs is another rookie unknown coming in and stealing our thunder.
      They can keep their lightning.

    • munch17jr says:

      Agree. It’s also not like we’re some offensive juggernaut that’s going to get beat because we ran into a hot goalie. We don’t often watch games and say, “wow, their goalie really stole that one”?

  20. shiram says:

    Ryan O’byrne is going to the Gagarin Cup finals with HV Lev Prague.

  21. murfdog says:

    Whats going to happend with Bishop?? For alot of years what I remember we run into a back up goalie in the playoffs and turn this guy into a number one. Lets hope not. GO HABS GO

  22. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Delaet off to a slow start, Mike Wier shot +1 today, good to see Mike still somewhat has it.

  23. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Habs are going to at least the the third round. We are going to have a shot to win the cup this year IMO, it will all come down to goaltending and IMO we have the best goalie in the league, We have a lethal top line, we have a Selke caliber player, and a Norris Defenseman that will infact play like a Norris trophy winner! I honestly believe this.

    Btw: the habs have a good coach as well.

    • Phil C says:

      Their fourth line is pretty damn good too, they can ice toughness or speed and tenacity,depending on the opponent. If they can stay healthy, it’s easy to be optimistic.

    • Habcouver says:

      I feel your excitement with our boys’ chances. Playoffs are really just a different season where the regular season’s results seem to play little influence.

      If we can get Boone totally on board with positive karma, sky is the limit.

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  24. Habitoba says:

    With leaving Markov out of the lineup yesterday, his team-leading Ironman streak (not sure what it’s at… 128?) comes to an unfortunate halt.

  25. Habcouver says:

    It’s been quite a while since I really enjoyed watching or listening to the Habs play.

    Yesterday was one of the few games that was sheer pleasure and I trust there will be many more in the future. Perhaps it’s the combination of being assured of a post-season, and the the Laffs and Nucks gone bye-bye.

    I think our boys will be pretty loose and free wheeling tonight. Big win predicted, despite the Islanders attempt to play spoiler.
    5-2.

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    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Just keeping the fingers crossed there are no injuries. Since Vanek has joined the Habs it has gone from stressful watching the Habs every night to very exciting. Forgot what that felt like!

      • Habcouver says:

        Me too! Good that you reminded me of Vanek as being the likely contributor to our boys’ play and level of confidence. I sure hope MB can pull off resigning this guy.

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    • Cal says:

      Habs are playing a brand of hockey that’s fun to watch. It’s been too long since we’ve had this mix of talent on the team.

  26. Maritime Ronn says:

    jimmy shaker says:
    ….Nashville management being weary over Shea Weber’s big contract and mandatory bonus’s that go along with it.
    Poile is potentially going to be open to a possible trade….is there anyway in the world for MB to get Shea in a habs uni?
    ———————-
    The answer is YES – and the trade name for Poile and Nashville would be nothing less than P.K. Subban + a little more.

    The other day, the poll question was:
    ” If you were Habs GM Marc Bergevin, would you consider trading P.K. Subban instead of re-signing him?”

    I was one of the 26% that voted, “would consider trading PK”… and suggested only IF Shea Weber was to come back on the deal.

    Weber is a ‘proven All-World’ Top 5 right handed Dman that plays and excels in every situation – be that 5X5-PP-PK.
    He is only 28, and has at least 5-7 more years of All-Star play and another Team Canada Gold Medal in him where he is an integral part.

    Nashville has money issues and needs a skilled, charismatic star player to sell tickets.
    Who better than P.K. Subban….and then teamed with the incredibly talented 19 year old Seth Jones (in the other Conference) could sell Hope and promise for the future?

    In terms of finances, Nashville has already paid out a lot of cash for Weber in the past 2 years, yet there is still HUGE CASH (not Cap Hit) to be paid in the next 4 years:

    Next 2 years: $28M ($14M/year)
    2 years after: $ $24M ( $12M/year)
    Total CASH: $52M over the next 4 years!

    In the next 4 years, Subban would probably cost Nashville $30M.
    That difference of $22M of CASH between Weber and Subban is huge for the Nashville ownership that cannot charge Canadian prices for tickets.

    What also becomes problematic for Nashville is that the Bonus payments are due on July 1st before the Revenue arrives.
    Those payments starting this July 2014 are:
    $13M-$13M-$8M-$8M.

    Lastly, helping out the young guns coming.
    Imagine what a great mentor/teacher/all pro Weber could do with the likes of Beaulieu-Tinordi, and possibly Nygren-Pateryn-Ellis-Dietz…..

    Subban for Weber?
    In a heartbeat and yesterday.

    • murfdog says:

      Buddy that would be sick for sure, but I would rather see more offence come our way, with PK doing his job on power plays hes on alot when the other team scores. I know hes what even for plus minus? But I could see getting Taylor Hall for PK, stright up. DOnt know the numbers for Hall but Oilers need D men and with Vanek not knowing what he will be doing we could use a forward.

    • Habitoba says:

      I like PK and what he brings but you put a compelling argument… I suppose “+ a little more” could be the deal-breaker for many. Not sure if they would think it worth mortgaging the future… though we’re never certain about the future’s picks either.

      What I don’t understand is how players all know about the cap and its restrictions on a team. Why not take 5 million and leave enough room for the team to build the best team around you for a legit run for the cup? Why cripple your team finacially/make your contract immovable should the winds of change come? When you’re making 5 million, what’s another 2? Sure, I would take a 2 mil raise on my salary but that’s only because I make about as much as a signed “Red Light” Raccicot puck goes on Ebay

    • Luke says:

      I agree Ronn.
      A Weber/PK trade is one of the few deals I’d include PK in.

      There aren’t many, but I would move PK for a few select players. Peitrangelo & Tavares are a couple others.

      It’d have to be a star centre or defenseman. No wingers, and we don’t need a goalie, obviously.

      I keep thinking about a deal with the Oilers, too. I’m not sure why, but my spidey sense is tinglin’ here. If the Habs were guaranteed Ekblad, and maybe Eberle… obv there’d be more from the Habs. There seems to be a fit here.

      Not that there is a need or a want to trade PK. I like him. He’s pretty awesome.

    • Le Jadester says:

      Mr Ronn

      I wish !
      If S. Weber wore the red white and Blue……………that would be insanity peppers !

      One can only dream I guess ?

      Good post…..as well, I liked the one on Flaherty below too.
      I believe he was a good Canadian, may he RIP.

      Habs, OLE !

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      Hi guys/ murf-toba-luke jadester

      Tks for the responses
      All good/great thoughts.

      That’s why it was mentioned to enjoy the Vanek moment, and not fret too much.
      So much can/could/will happen between the end of the playoffs and October…

      Trust GMMB

  27. Danno says:

    Maybe Chucky isn’t hurt that bad. Let’s hope so. In any event, TBL is at a much bigger disadvantage with the absence of Big Ben.

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    • Habcouver says:

      I’m not too concerned about expecting Chucky to make a significant impact during this year’s playoffs but hope that when he does play in the second round and third (and…), he will be exposed to the tempo and strategies of what it will take to lead his Habs during his peak years.

      I won’t be sold on Big Ben until he demonstrates consistent year after year performance. His former teammate Craig Anderson got lucky dat year, so… is there a trend? :p

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  28. Habs are going to need team speed to play against Tampa. Would like to see Beauliea get a chance? His speed would be a great asset in moving puck out of D zone. Pair Beauliea with Subban and D could look something like this?

    Markov – Emelin

    Beauliea – Subban

    Gorges – Weaver

    Murray is very slow with a fast team like Tampa. Habs with a healthy lineup could look something like this?

    Pacioretty – Desharnais – Vanek

    Bournival – Plekanec – Gallagher

    Bourque – Eller – Gionta

    Prust – White – Weise

    Moen

  29. Say Ash says:

    Poor DD in the back row of that picture. Can’t see a damn thing over Vanek’s shoulder.

  30. Luke says:

    Ruh-oh:

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=448926

    Another group of former player’s & a concussion law suit.

    • Cal says:

      I knew the Canadian TV deal would draw lawyers just as shit attracts flies.

    • shiram says:

      Some people over on Reddit looked over the document…
      They list Gordie Howe as dead.
      They don’t spell Crosby’s name correctly.

    • ffenliv says:

      Eventually, one of these lawsuits will likely catch on, but they’re going to need a lot of former players.

      The NFL one got steam because there were many, many retired players who’d obviously had their lives ruined by their football careers. I know it’s not legally an admission, but I take that settlement out of court, for somewhere close to 9 figures, as as admission that if they weren’t going to lose in court, they were going to lose in public opinion.

      The day one of these NHL lawsuits gains traction, the outcome will likely be major changes to the way the game is played.

  31. naweed235 says:

    Bourque was one of our best forwards on the Ice last night. Just saying.

  32. Timo says:

    Wow, Jim Flaherty died.

  33. Maritime Ronn says:

    @ Mr_MacDougall (from the last thread)

    It appears that from the get-go, this Habs management team was all about securing character players both on and off the ice.
    Guys that would (playoff) sacrifice and go to war together.

    Bergevin-Dudley-Carriere are not in any record books, nor did they ever have outstanding talent when they played, yet if you asked the players of those times about their character, and if they would stick up for their mates, they would be on the top of the lists.
    These guys never cheated when they played.

    Dudley dropping Philly Broad Street Bullies Flyers bad man Bob Kelly
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4aQWoOrq7g

    Carriere’s 1 punch knockout of bully Flyers Don Seleski.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcbwKEppquQ

    These guys know ‘phony’ doesn’t work…
    ————————–

    You asked, “Who is the best player?”

    Instead of “Best player,” perhaps it is more a question of Synergy.
    ” The interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects.”

    Around the NHL right now, this present Habs team is a big concern for the opposition.
    The Sweater that brings out the best-The now Confidence of the team to be able to beat anyone and the sacrifices involved in that.
    (see Emelin driving Lucic crazy last B game)

    In this neck of the woods, a saying goes like this;
    “The fish rots from the head down” and for the first time since Serge Savard, the Habs have a very good and complete org where the headmaster recognizes the need to surround himself with the best possible elements to succeed…

    • Habitoba says:

      Well put. We don’t seem to see many individual players on the team or many players doggin’ it these days. No more (insert name) standing put yelling for the puck then dragging his skates back in his own zone.

  34. lach60 says:

    @Luke

    regarding breweries, if you’re willing to drive about an hour, there’s a very nice brewery in LaSalette, in the Delhi-Simcoe area.

    It’s run by the Picard family of Picard’s Peanuts. They have a potato beer that’s really good, not sure if they have any right now though.

    Either way, worth checking out. It’s called Ramblin’ Road Brewery.

    http://www.ramblinroad.ca/

    • Luke says:

      They were at the Craft Beer Festival I was at last weekend.

      If I recall correctly, I was impressed with them.

      • lach60 says:

        I would assume so. They have a lager, ale, and pilsner, then the potato one as a specialty.

        I know in the summer they’ll have the potato brew out, I’d recommend the trip, nice drive anyways.

  35. Habitoba says:

    Since there’s a lot of speculation and guesses about MT’s recent low usage of PK, figured I’d play the game as well.

    I remember seeing PK limp off the ice a few games ago after blocking a shot (not sure which game). It looked like it stung quite a bit. Perhaps it was just to make sure he doesn’t aggravate his foot during that period.

    Who knows but the two of them (or maybe neither of them)

    All I know for sure is GO HABS!!!!!

    On to the real season

  36. Habs lineup for tonight’s game.

    Pacioretty – Desharnais – Vanek

    Bournival – Plekanec – Gllagher

    Bourque – Eller – Gionta

    Briere – White – Weise

    Markov – Emelin

    Gorges – Subban

    Murray – Weaver

    Price

    • Walmyr says:

      Lineup for the playoff too (at least to start…we don’t know Galchenyuk’s situation)

      • krob1000 says:

        I suspect you see at least one of Moen/Prust back bfore round 1 is through or even beofre it starts.

        • Walmyr says:

          Prust probably. Hope he comes back healthy and strong enough to help us against TB. Moen I really don’t know. I hope not but I think he is done for the season although I didn’t heard anything about him recently. Just a awful guess…

      • jimmy shaker says:

        playoffs will see bourque in the presser (thankfully)

        Pleks reunited with danny b and gio to deal with stamkos
        eller with bernie and gally
        white with weezy and prust

        and the D is correct…..frankie will be first to spell murray, not sure if tinordi will get a sniff at least in the first series.

        Shaker out!

    • krob1000 says:

      Might not be a bad idea given no Chucky to reunite Pleks-Briere-Gio. Eller can play with Bournival and Gallagher. White with Bourque and Wiese. When palyosffs start assuming MOen is ready to again…then yu can do wahtt hey used to and play Moen with Pleks-Gio in ate game situations or matchups. While saying hta I think Bournival is justt the type of guy who could thrive with Pleks, his hsutle is off the charts and he has a style that meshes with anyone.

  37. Habitoba says:

    I was worried the acquisition of Weaver, Weiss and Vanek without subtracting anybody other than Diaz from the lineup would put some sort of weird vibe in the mix. With injuries pilling up, I’ve never been so happy with such depth.

    Here’s to a long playoff run an well wishes to those having some sort of birthday!!

    (ugh, perhaps it’s too early for Sailor Jerry’s)

  38. frontenac1 says:

    Matty! It”s your Birthday? If I was in the neighbourhood I”d take you for shots at Wanda”s! This will have to do.Best wishes amigo!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRZfmEKS3a8

  39. twilighthours says:

    Macaroni and pesto is a staple in my diet. Not much beats a good basil pesto.

  40. twilighthours says:

    Great back-and-forth on Matty’s birthday post. Best line by Hobie: “why are you so much smarter than me?”

    So, happy B-day Legault.

    Any word on Galcchenyuk other than what’s in the article above?

  41. naweed235 says:

    i don’t know if this has already been said, but guess who the Bolts called up to cover for Bishop

    Does the name Kristers Gudlevskis ring a bell?

    How about the Latvian wall who almost eliminated team Canada?

  42. Say Ash says:

    ha!

    Damian Cristodero@LightningTimes:

    Gudlevskis said he got his driver’s license two days ago. Said he didn’t drive in Latvia. Couldn’t afford a car “so what’s the point.”

  43. BriPro says:

    OK my turn… wait as I scroll down.
    Hmm macaroni and pesto. Never tried that.

    I just wanted to let all of you know that I’ll be rubbing elbows with the true gentleman of this site, our friend Jim … 17934821 (or whatever the numbers are…) this coming weekend.

    I’ll be taking my wife and grandson to NY city. Too bad the game is in Montreal. I wouldn’t mind getting beaten up by a few envious New Yorkers…

    And Luke, DD isn’t THAT tiny. He’s my size… so be nice.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I guess the other folks down there this coming weekend are chicken liver? Sorry I am missing the festivities Bri, have a great time!

      • BriPro says:

        You won’t be there? I assumed….
        That’s really too bad. I was looking forward to watching Lisa give you a hard time. :)

        As for the other chickens, the only one I think might be clucking and getting ready to run is Chris.

        But I won’t go there. Don’t want to prematurely burn my bridges.

        I just hope that there’s a TV hidden in a corner somewhere with Habs reception so that the three of us can sneak off and watch the last regular game of the year.

  44. Prop says:

    Wasn’t there a poll earlier this year on what place the Habs would be come the end of the season? Anyone recall the results?

    ____________________
    DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

  45. bwoar says:

    Reading the Tom Jones article on Ben Bishop, I got the feeling you could put another goalie’s name in there and write the same article regarding a different team. A goalie and a team I don’t even want to name.

    …no wait, it’s Tukka Rask of the Boston Bruins!

  46. habs-fan-84 says:

    Not great news about Galchenyuk. However, he hasn’t really produced point wise this year. That said, his absence has a trickle down effect throughout the lineup.

  47. zephyr says:

    I’ve really enjoyed the last few weeks of hockey. it’s nice to see them win so much. hopefully, they’re peaking for the playoffs.
    enjoy this clip of hitler’s reaction to the leafs.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vIUKQhp9mU

  48. RH says:

    A New Thread!!!! Now you’re gonna make the herd migrate again. Way to go Gazette!!

  49. Luke says:

    bonjour.

    So… pretty quiet with the playoffs locked and just jockeying for position… kinda dull, to be honest.

    Nice, spring weather here today in Niagara as well. Maybe that’s why Burly isn’t in the new thread yet. Probably unconscious under a picnic table somewhere.

    Spieth is even through 7. Tied for 15th.

    I had a sandwich for lunch.

    Seriously, where is everyone? I just keep re-editing this. It’s a game day, and I’m in here all alone.

    Did you guys plan a birthday lunch for Matty or something? I’m starting to feel a bit self-conscious here.

    ‘Supposed to be nice Saturday. Maybe I’ll hit a winery or two. Oh, maybe one of the breweries. Haven’t done that yet. There’s also a craft distillery around here. Small batch… kinda fancy… tours and sampling… (http://dillons.ca/)

    Habs’ll beat the Isle tonight. Keep an eye on Bailey as a comparison to DD. Similar contracts and roles etc… but Bailey is bigger and younger (obviously bigger… DD is super tiny!)

    Here’s Bailey’s stats:
    C Josh Bailey 74gp 8g 27a 35pts -10
    He’s on a hot streak. 6pts in the last 5.

    He’s making 3.3/season for 5. (Range from 2.2 this year to 4 mil in the last season of it).


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