Habs return home on winning note

The Canadiens enjoyed a day off Friday at home after beating the Stars 6-4 Thursday night in Dallas.

The Canadiens will play their first home game of 2014 when the Ottawa Senators visit the Bell Centre Saturday night (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

Thursday’s victory gave the Canadiens a 3-2-1 record during their six-game holiday season road trip.

“We had a pretty good road trip and with that kind of record after a tough road trip, we’re feeling pretty good,” P.K. Subban, who had a goal and three assists against the Stars, told reporters after the game.

Following Thursday’s victory, the Canadiens had the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference at 24-14-4 and were third in the Atlantic Division with 52 points, behind Boston (27-12-2) with 56 points and Tampa Bay (24-12-4) with 52 points and two games in hand on Montreal.

Subban, who leads the Canadiens in scoring with 7-26-33 totals in 42 games and is a team-leading plus-13, will find out on Tuesday if he made Team Canada for the Sochi Olympics. The team will be officially announced during a press conference slated for 11 a.m. at the Maple Leafs practice facility in Toronto.

After Thursday’s game, Subban ranked third among NHL defencemen in scoring, trailing Chicago’s Duncan Keith (3-36-39) and Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson (10-28-38). He ranked 11th among defencemen in plus-minus.

The Florida Panthers will visit the Bell Centre Monday night before the Canadiens go on the road again to face the Flyers in Philadelphia on Wednesday. The Chicago Blackhawks will visit the Bell Centre next Saturday.

(Photo by Sharon Ellman/The Associated Press)

Habs split six-game road trip, by Pat Hickey

Pacioretty, Subban lead charge in Dallas, by Pat Hickey

Subban steals the show, Canadiens.com

Canadiens vs. Stars photo gallery, montrealgazette.com

Senators Extra, Ottawa Citizen

484 Comments

  1. jols101 says:

    New thread. Who wants to be first?

  2. jols101 says:

    Next year the WJC is being played in Montreal and Toronto. Team Canada will play it’s first round in Montreal and then the knock out games in Toronto. Pretty cool. Both cities will be bananas. Fucale will be a shoe-in as the starter next year. Montreal will see the future up close and personal next year…

  3. ooder says:

    great video about the making of team Canada.
    no spelling bee though
    http://olympics.cbc.ca/videos/video/defending-gold-the-making-team-canada.html

  4. Psycho29 says:

    Habs call up Blunden, Holland, Beaulieu; Prust out for four weeks

    That friggin “You Might Also Like” feature almost got me again! I was “Whaaaaaaaat?”

  5. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Diaz potentially going from -30C and taxes to +30C and no taxes…don’t think he would be too upset…LOL

  6. jols101 says:

    Go Canada Go!!!!

    Pre-game on TSN right now.

  7. ooder says:

    @hobie hansen.. our reply thread got to long i’ll continue it here.
    sorry but the whole russian hockey players are the most evil hockey players ever and everyone else is innocent little guys is b.s.
    canada has sent out cheap shot artists like bobby clarke, lindros, marchand, kadri (too many too list)….
    does russia act like all class.. no
    does everyone act out line.. yes
    give me a break dude and take off the rose colored glasses.
    it was a scrum at the end of the game and you are acting like the russian took off their skates and started slicing the swedes

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      I didn’t say they’re the most evil I said they’re the most childish, cheap and get under people’s skin. I’m not only talking about on ice play. I’m mainly talking about how they conduct themselves after a win, loss or goal.

      I can see how other countries and players are driven nuts by them. The Swede that jumped out of the box was well aware of Russia’s history of cheap BS when they lose so he rushed in to defend his teammates. It was dumb move on his part but when you have a bunch of jerks snickering, slashing, hacking and talking garbage and celebrating like a bunch of clowns, it’s easy to lose your temper.

  8. durocher says:

    On waivers:
    - Adam Cracknell (STL)
    - Mattias Tedenby (NJ)

  9. D Mex says:

    Wondering what experience is out there re : player agent companies making cold approaches about minor hockey players.

    I was contacted this week by an individual who is associated with a company that appears to represent players at various levels, including Fucale and Hudon. High(er) level hockey has not gotten much airtime with us, and I am not sure what to make of this : interested in useful insights from the HI/O knowledge base.

    ALWAYS Habs -
    D Mex

  10. HabFab says:

    Renaud Lavoie – Jason Spezza out vs #canadiens He did not travel with the team. #senators

  11. HabFab says:

    John Lu – #Habs Parros will see a concussion specialist today. Last Thursday’s appointment in Detroit was scrapped because of a snowstorm. Therrien says Parros did not suffer a setback over the last two weeks. His appointment with the concussion specialist was planned,

  12. jimmy shaker says:

    I don’t have a problem with briere playing 4th line centre……..but please MT get this guy on the PP and actually roll all four lines tonight. Don’t use 3 and half lines or substitute eller for briere in certain situations. Use all the lines and they will be successful.

    Diaz and Beaulieu for Campbell.

    Source: bertrand raymond

    Shaker out!

    • Timo says:

      That would be a shitty trade for habs. How old is Campbell… 50?

      • jimmy shaker says:

        Campbell is 34/ two years left on his 7mill/per, and is still a lights out fast skater…….big cap hit but seems like it would be an upgrade to our D

        I would like to get moulson or myers from buffalo but that’s just me.

        Shaker out!

    • Mike D says:

      LOL – Looks like ol’ Bert’s been hitting the sauce early.

      - Honestly yours
      Twitter: @de_benny

    • jols101 says:

      Cambell is one of the most overpaid dmen in the league. The guy makes 7.1 million/per year with 2 more seasons left on his contract after this one. Let’s hope Bertrand Raymond is just drunk.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      MB targeting Campbell is not as strange as you think. It looks like Markov will want at least a three year deal at large money. Management may think he is not worth it (I do too) but someone will pay him so he’s gone. If Beaulieu will not be ready (and it looks like it), they will have to replace him. Campbell has two years left on his deal so he will be ideal until Markov’s real replacement is ready (Beaulieu, Bennet…etc.).

      • jols101 says:

        Well the only way the Cambell thing makes any sense is if they plan on dealing Markov. There is no way they can pay PK 8.5, Cambell 7.1 and Markov 6 or whatever he wants. It just can’t happen.

        So why give away a premiere prospect like Beaulieu when you can just keep Markov and give away nothing ?

        • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

          I don’t believe they are trading Beaulieu. You’re right that money will have to be exchanged. I believe that they think Beaulieu will not be ready next year. I also believe that Markov’s price tag (especially the years) will be too much for management. Campbell is an ideal 2-year replacement for Markov.

      • Habfan17 says:

        It makes sense if MB were going to trade Markov at the deadline I suppose. I would hop it would not include Beaulieu, that would be too much. Diaz should be enough to get Florida out from under that contract!

        Habfan17

    • rljmartin says:

      Agree with rolling the lines. Dress a player for 7 or 8 minutes makes no sense.

    • Habs4LifeInTO says:

      F let’s hope not….

      24 cups and counting….

  13. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Lehkonen supposedly playing against Canada today…won’t help the Fins…they’re going down like a drink in Front’s house.

  14. scarboro_habitant says:

    diaz scratched tonight? interesting.

  15. Timo says:

    Molson cup presentation night combined with Mavid attending the game… I say Habs chances are nicht gut.

  16. Ozmodiar says:

    It would be nice to have our #1 winger, Max, play with a true #1 center. The closest thing we have to a #1 C is Pleks but he has other duties (shutdown, PK). Obviously, that pairing can’t happen since DD isn’t suited for a defensive role.

    So, we’ll be seeing the Max-DD combo until one of the following happens:
    a) Chucky is ready to play C
    b) an upgrade over DD is acquired
    c) a defensive C is acquired to handle PK and shutdown duties to free up Pleks for more of an offensive role

    The good news is that DD is currently doing a great job in his sheltered, offensive role, so we should be happy with that.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      You are making it very difficult for me to dispute with such logic.

    • Habfan17 says:

      At this point in his career, I don’t think Pleks would be the offensive first line centre the Habs need, nor do I think he is capable. I use Datsyuk and Zetterberg as comparisons. They both play defensive roles and still manage to put up points. I would use Alferedson too, although a winger, he was always used to mentor younger players and play defensively and still produce points. I just don’t think Pleks is at that level.

      Habfan17

      • Ozmodiar says:

        So Pleks isn’t a true #1 because he can’t match the production of Datsyuk, who is a top 5 player in the world? :)

        Anyway, let’s avoid the debate about whether Pleks is a true #1, since I said he’s the closest thing we have to a #1. If given a top line winger, he’d still put up plenty of points while still be responsible defensively. He put up 70 points playing with AK.

        • Habfan17 says:

          I could have used other players as comparison, It would take me too long to write them all since I type so slow…lol I will say that at this point he is our best centre. I use Alfredson to remove this excuse that Pleks could put up better numbers with better line mates since Alfredson was constantly being given different line mates to either mentor or get them out of funks and he still put up much better numbers while also playing defensively responsible hockey.

          I like Pleks but I think we Habs fans over value him.

          Habfan17

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      DD will never be removed from Max until his contract runs out or he is traded. The Habs will have to get a power forward for them because Gally is getting killed doing all the dirty work for them. Like to see Pleks with Gally and Chucky next year. Eller should become the 3rd line shut-down/two-way center. Like to see Bournival and Leblanc with him next year.

      Biggest problem with the centers is White is the only RH. Can he become another shut-down center or will MB replace him? Who knows…

      • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

        Wow, a sensible, balanced viewpoint that doesn’t involve shouts for DD to be traded nor the deification of Eller. Is this really HIO?! You make far too much sense for this carnival.

        I remember Dec. 31, 1975

    • Mike D says:

      I see no reason why Max can’t play with Eller. Right now Max and DD are hot so leave them alone until that changes, but trying Max with Eller or Pleks, or even Chucky if they try him in the middle would be fine.

      On your B point, I doubt we acquire an upgrade to DD. With Pleks, Eller, and Chucky we don’t need another offensive center. We need more scoring wingers.

      Pleks, Eller, and Whitey can do the defensive thing in a shared role, it’s just that Pleks is basically elite at it.

      - Honestly yours
      Twitter: @de_benny

      • Ozmodiar says:

        > I see no reason why Max can’t play with Eller.

        Reason #1: DD on 3rd line. ;)

        Agreed that Eller and Max could work, though. They were put together earlier, then Max pulled a hammy. When they were paired up, MT said they were thinking about that combo for a while before they did it.

        Edit: Point B – yeah, probably won’t happen.

        • Mike D says:

          If I was coach, and I’m certainly NOT qualified to be, my approach would be that when DD/Max go cold, put Max with Eller (or Pleky or even Chucky if you want to make that switch) and give them some time to gel. If that means DD on the 3rd line, so be it.

          MB is supposed to be an expert so I truly hope he sees that DD is the odd man out as far as our logjam at Center goes. Now, if they want to try DD at LW and put him in an Alex Tanguay-type role, I’d be okay with trying that. But for me, the long term has DD gone from the Habs.

          If that makes me the “Ignorantariat” in the eyes of some, I’d invite them to look in the mirror.

          - Honestly yours
          Twitter: @de_benny

    • The_Truth says:

      Max can’t really do much better than he is now and a lot of that has to do with DD. I am very comfortable with that tandem and nobody else on this team could do a better job than DD is, with Max at this point in time. I mean those guys are carrying the teams’s offense with PK. The other guys like Eller, Chucky, Pleks, Gio, Bourque have to get their ass in gear and help out.

      Eller is not a playmaker at all. DD is a lot better fit with Max. Let Eller show he can set up chucky (which he hasn’t been doing) before putting him anywhere else.

  17. rhino514 says:

    Regarding keeping Galchenyuk on the wing another year. Clearly management had to have this option in mind when they renewed DD´s contract.
    I say it´s a mistake. When you are the best prospect in the draft, you get to play your natural position, pure and simple. Delaying his switch will only delay and limit his growing curve. With such talent at such a young age, he would progress quite rapidly. Sometimes an organization has to live with a player´s growing pains for a year, maybe two, when the player is worth it.
    If faceoffs are the problem, or defensive coverage, then they should have let him play half or a full year in Hamilton.
    That kid Barkov is playing centre at 18 and scoring well at the nhl level. Why can he do it at eighteen and Chucky can´t do it at twenty, or even twenty-one?

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Looks like now Chucky will eventually take Plekanec’s place.

    • Ozmodiar says:

      He can’t play in Hamilton until he’s 20.

      Other 1st line centers started their careers on the wing and it didn’t hurt their development.

    • Habfan17 says:

      I concur. Galchenyuk needs to learn the fine details of taking face offs at this level and does not need the added presuure of learning a different position. I find it funny and counter-intuitive that a young player is forced into an unnatural position and yet the veterans who should be able to make a switch easier, are always left in their natural positions.

      Habfan17

    • Mike D says:

      Barkov also plays for Florida. They’re not in the same position roster-wise as the Habs. Seguin played wing for years and look at him now.

      I will add that Chucky should not play wing beyond next season. To me, that would be the max and I’m not opposed to moving him to the middle sooner, but not rushing him either.

      - Honestly yours
      Twitter: @de_benny

  18. D Man says:

    How many times did I see a Russian player get knocked down then lie there looking at the referee. Gawd I hate that. Plus it takes you out of the continuing play.

    You can’t be both a Habs and a Leafs fan

  19. HabFab says:

    Pleks wins the Molson Cup for December;
    http://canadiens.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=698906

    Damn I hate these award nights… what is our record anyhow?

  20. habs001 says:

    The junior games should be an eye opener for a lot of posters who keep saying the Habs will be cup contenders in 2-3 years..The reality is that many NHL teams have junior talent that is pretty impressive and comparable to the Habs and in many cases probably better…also players who become impact players fast are drafted in the top 3 and in the next 2-3 years it is very unlikely the Habs will even draft anyone in that group…Habs have some AHL talent but again as of now it does not stand out vs other teams AHL talent….

  21. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Nobody saw that scrap coming at the end of the game? The Russians are @$#@ but the Swedish coach should have warned his players. The guy that came out of the penalty box is guaranteed suspended for the next game. I always wondered what do you do if someone jumps you at the end of a game…defend yourself and get suspended OR get beat up and hurt. Guys who instigate stuff like this should be suspended for life.

    BTW Grigerenko is @#^#& useless. Thank God the Habs did not draft him…good luck Buffalo!

  22. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    I thought Collberg would be a leading scorer at the tourney this year. Seems like he’s taken a step back this year. De La Rose was more noticeable

    • Frozen Village says:

      he’s on a stacked team, he has more offense than De la Rose, but De la Rose played crease on PP. also first unit on PK, De la Rose is more utility and responsibility, and looks 6’3 out there.

      Sweden is not a country of (BS) Liberal Socialists

    • HabFab says:

      He was leading the team in scoring when he hurt his knee at Lake
      Placid… don’t believe he has recovered fully. On the other hand, you must remember that the top Swedish players here were 1st round picks as opposed to our 2nd round picks.

  23. Hobie Hansen says:

    Russia has zero class and are a bunch of dirty little pukes. I don’t blame the Swede for jumping out of the box out pounding on one of them. They can drive your crazy!

    • ooder says:

      It was a scrum at the end cuz everyone was around the swede who was lying on the puck. Could have been easily pushed away. Patterson was a moron who flew in throwing punches. Sweden was a bunch of cry babies the whole game. Their coach was a joke. Very lucky win. Russia dominated the whole game.

      • Hobie Hansen says:

        Did you see Russia taunting the Americans yesterday after the game winning goal? Thank god one of the Americans gave him a face full of lumber! Anytime the Russians win they act like a bunch of classless jerks and when they lose they pull a bunch of cheap garbage. It’s a fact.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Have to remember these are kids. I don’t dispute the taunting after beating US was BS.

        • ooder says:

          Its a fact? Lol ok calm down Wikipedia.
          So a kid skates by a bench on his way yo his own celebratinf a had faught win and that is now taunting? Give me a break with your snob attitude. Canada sends guys like marchand and kadri to their junior teams. Canada has had players suspended for spearing, kneeing and elbowing.
          At the end of the game it was a scrum near the puck. I have no clue why the swede started throwing punches.
          As for your lumber to the face comment. Glad to see your happy a young kid got a stick yo the face. Real classy

        • ooder says:

          Also I dont remember your outrage when getlaf was taunting Malkin at the end of the Olympics. quit cherry picking your nobility k

          • Hobie Hansen says:

            There are moments of stupidity by all teams and countries but every year and every tournament the Russians top the list. That’s what bugs me and millions of others.

            After every goal or win they’re snickering and laughing and rubbing it the other country’s face. You’d think the coaches would teach them how to act accordingly.

            And when you see a Canadian taunting a Russian or another country acting childish against a Russian it’s because they’ve had to endure that from the Russians every game, shift or tournament and they finally explode.

      • frontenac1 says:

        Screw the Russians and the Swedes! Cheap shot sissy bas#ards.

  24. Frozen Village says:

    We are very lucky we did not play either of these teams in the cross-over, wow

    Sweden is not a country of (BS) Liberal Socialists

  25. durocher says:

    Forsberg for Erat just looks worse and worse for Caps GM George McPhee

  26. HabFab says:

    Briere claims he has not asked for a trade but also doesn’t want to talk about his relationship with MT…

    • Mike D says:

      Where is that from, Frank? Good morning, btw.

      - Honestly yours
      Twitter: @de_benny

      • HabFab says:

        Marc Antoine Godin @MAGodin

        Daniel Brière préfère ne pas décrire l’état de sa relation avec Michel Therrien. Il précise cependant qu’il n’a pas demandé de transaction.

        Actually just about every francophone reporter had something after the morning skate… all similar.

  27. jols101 says:

    What a game. Great dust up at the end. Great hockey. Hope there are some suspensions.

  28. Timo says:

    Nice little brasse commarades after the final whistle.

  29. HabinBurlington says:

    Russia love to end games in style! Mind you the Swedish player didn’t help matters.

  30. Danno says:

    That wasn’t very smart

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  31. HabinBurlington says:

    I think Capital fans will come to view the Erat for Forsberg trade in a very similar vain to a trade Bob Gainey once made.

  32. Maritime Ronn says:

    Was checking out the temperature in Green Bay for the 49ers-Packers game tomorrow…..
    At the 4:30 start, it will be -20C-25C, and if humidity and wind chill are factored in it will feel like -30C-35C, and it goes downhill from there.

    Some of the O linemen on GB are still debating whether or not to wear sleeves….
    “I’ll never wear sleeves,” said rookie left tackle David Bakhtiari.

  33. Bob_Sacamano says:

    @ twilighthours: I don´t hate Desharnais. I´m sure he´s a great guy and he deserves some respect for making the NHL as an undersized undraftet player. At the same time I strongly think he´s not a good fit for this team and come playoff time, I absolutely don´t want him on the ice with our best winger.

    As for Bournival: He has more upside overall and once again, we´re talking about only 9 points…

    I don´t even hate Murray. It´s not his fault Bergevin signed him and Therrien plays him. Still, he´s a joke on the ice and people rating him make me laugh.

    • Timo says:

      What if he is the best center the best winger has ever played with? What do you say to that?

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I am happy that I can make you laugh! :)

      • Bob_Sacamano says:

        I like you but when it comes to Murray, I just don´t get why people wouldn´t hate seing him on the ice. In the end I´m sure even the ones who rate him for some strange reasons would rather watch Tom Gilbert (whom Bergevin should have signed) on this team.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          My point regarding Murray has nothing too do with players who should have been signed or who should be calld up. To me it is very simple, given the choice of Murray or Bouillon I much rather see Murray. And that to me is sensible despite how badly people here love to mock Murray.

          • Bob_Sacamano says:

            That´s the problem. We should never be in the position to discuss Murray vs. Bouillon. Both are not good enough. Right now we´d be better off with Pateryn for sure.

            Tonight we´re going to dress one natural RD with Diaz out. One. What a joke is that? This also means Emelin once again has to play on the right where he has really struggled lately. That´s bs.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            Understand your point Bob, I suppose I still view this season as a building one. I think Habs mgmt are doing everything they can not to rush the development of Pateryn, Tinordi and Beaulieu.

    • Habfan17 says:

      I agree 100% It isn’t a personal or talent issue, it is purely long term fit. Teams can’t afford to have too many smaller players, especially at centre. Eller, Galchenyuk, Bournival and Pleks would make a solid centre core. A nice balance of size, skill, offence, defensive responsibility, speed, and hockey sense.

      Habfan17

  34. durocher says:

    For those who are looking forward to the FIFA World Cup:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHrf5EBVlDs

  35. Timo says:

    Karma is paying the Russians back for being the cocky bast@rds after the win against the US. 2-1 Sweden.

  36. jols101 says:

    Russians losing 2-1 late in the 3rd but they are all over the Swedes pressing hard for the equalizer.

  37. HabFab says:

    White not at practice this morning and probably won’t play… Briere back in.
    Emelin back in, with Diaz being the 7th D at practice.

  38. frontenac1 says:

    So Parros got his noggin checked out in Minny? Any word yet?


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