Habs skip practice

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You would think a team which has lost two games in a row and five of its last six could use all the practice it can get but coach Jacques Martin decided to scrub a scheduled practice this morning in Dallas. The team will leave their hotel in Big D at 11 a.m. and arrive in Raleigh in mid-afternoon, about two hours earlier than originally scheduled.  They’ll face the Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow night. It will be the third of seven consecutive road games and the last game before Christmas.

342 Comments

  1. drivefor25 says:

    Go cheer for another team because it’s obvious you’re no Habs fan. You haven’t been missed in recent weeks/months.

    Fan since ’71

  2. avatar_58 says:

    For the life of me I don’t get it. Guys like Gionta – vets…..missing the net by like 20 feet. I mean come on, we can yell at Gomez all day but when he passes to a shooter and the shooter misses WHILE in the slot – how the hell is it his fault?

  3. HabFanSince72 says:

    Hey my little fella can also pick a corner, but this isn’t the place to be discussing one’s sex life.

     

  4. The Cat says:

    I believe the benching had nothing to do with his play. How does one go from leading the team in icetime to riding the pine for 3 games?

     

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  5. avatar_58 says:

    Yeah they showed some foresight on that one eh? Everytime I hear his name I cringe wishing they’d kept him.

  6. Omit says:

    Tony 242

    As usual, you are wrong AGAIN! 

    How is it possible for you to always be wrong.  You’re not even as smart as a clock.

  7. sholi2000.com says:

    +1

    If my little fella can pick a corner, they should be able too!

    They Call Me Shane

  8. The Cat says:

    Yes I believe so…I do think the habs D need some offensive upside but JM has to be more forgiving if a d-man takes an offensive risk and it doesnt work out.

     

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  9. sholi2000.com says:

    Very true.

    Also if they would have scored on two of the pp, and maybe the first couple minutes of the game.

    It happens, I can handle a few loses.

    People seem to think that you have to win every single game in the season.

    They Call Me Shane

  10. observer says:

    proved wrong? sure looks like the playoff run was a fluke nownot last regular season of 88 points in 8th place where they will be once boston plays those games in hand.

  11. Captain aHab says:

    Gotta agree the whole waffle thing is great. The commentator’s call the other night was priceless too…..”the puck is shot in wide and…..uhhhhh….WAFFLES!” lmao

    You can’t make this shiot up.

  12. sholi2000.com says:

    Ah that’s better eh?

    December 22.  We had peace on earth for over three months, lose a few games and people who think they know more than the Canadiens staff show up.

    Teams lose people, look at the Caps.  Perfect example, and they have far more talented players than our team.

    They Call Me Shane

  13. observer says:

    Question? That defenseman Robidas of Dallas who was +3 last night and had 3 assists – is it true the losers Gainey/Gauthier let him go?

  14. joeybarrie says:

    Same old comments that when are proved wrong, the trolls disappear. When the team is slowing they come back to stir the crap. Make sure you understand something very very important. Gainey/Gauthier have created a team that can win. We are right now a top team in the East. We are one or two players short of the top. One of them we have, but is injured. But of course, I guess G and G should have two Markov’s around just in case. Cause only dumb GM’s dont have that…

    You will be gone soon, with no food to eat. But hey thanks for coming out and rubbing salt into the wound. YOU ARE A TRUE HABS FAN…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  15. joeybarrie says:

    80+ games in the last 2 years without your best players gets really old. We need to bring in a top D. Only so much our YOUNG AND OLD defence can do. Especially with Gorges hurt.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  16. newbrunswick troy says:

    well said DOG …i was going to write something just like you did, but since you did it so effortless i will just echo you sentiment!!!!! 

    oh and you spelling and punctuation is much better displayed then mine as well!!!!!!!

  17. avatar_58 says:

    What do you propose they do about Price? Good lord, if he’s a starter – he plays starter minutes. He’s doing fine, he can’t be expected to stop all breakaways and tip ins. Also Auld sucks big time, if he were playing last night it would have been a massacre.

  18. habsguy says:

    I’m a HUGE habs fan living in toronto, the only inside news I get is here!!!!….A friend I have from Montreal tells me the problem with PK is his attitude and not his play, he tells me his mates are all sick of him and thats why he was benched…..anyone hear anything like that????

  19. joeybarrie says:

    WRONG ON BOTH ACCOUNTS… I am, as are over a million others, part of the Canadiens organization. Its an emotional attachment and have only a life long investment. 2 parts of the Habs org. One gets paid, the other pay…

    As for my marrying into an Italian family with more Joe’s than i can rememeber, I will let you draw your own conclusions… That being said, I do know a few people who have been around and it seems as if those who SAY they have ties, are the ones who live down the street from a guy who they barely know but seem to be ‘like brothers’, and the ones who say nothing at all… Well those are the ones who i think know not to open their mouth.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  20. HabFanSince72 says:

    Hey look everyone, Tony’s back.

  21. derfab says:

    Missed nets, missed checks, missed victories all adds up to a crisis of faith. The Habs lack confidence and seem to need a saviour. Price has done it so far but Gauthier needs to bring in a big time player or two to get these guys going again. The supporting cast of Pacs, Pouliot and AK 46 can’t be expected to fill this role.

  22. observer says:

    SAME MILLIONAIRES YOU WERE APPLAUDING A COUPLE OF WEEKS BACK. NOW LOOKIG LIKE THE SAME OLD MEDIOCRE 8TH PLACE GAINEY/GAUTHIER TEAM.

  23. joeybarrie says:

    JM knows this is a brain thing and not a physical thing. If its true and we got the flu, a break can only help. We have fall back into the spot where things were working, and sometimes practice can make it worse. Our team is excellent when we are simply working together they way we know how to.

    I have to agree with JM, a feel sorry for yourself practice away from home during the Holiday season is not going to do anything. Move on to the next city and turn it around.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  24. Bugs says:

    Here is the link to maple leafer Central. Cryin about how the waffle thing isn’t funny. What’s great is that by them cryin about how not funny the waffle thing is, it only makes it funnier.

    We couldna PLANNED this better, folks.

    See? Whenever things are lookin grim up here, all one’s gotta do is check out what these delightful Ontarian clowns are up to and if that doesn’t do the trick of cheerin one up, then nuthin will.

    Here’s an excerpt: “It was not funny a few weeks ago when Francois Beachemin was smacked in the head, and it certainly wasn’t funny last night.”

    See what I mean? C’mon! Yeah, uhh (mmph!)…not funny at all…(mmph!-snort)…

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  25. HabFanSince72 says:

    You tell’em Timo!

  26. HabFanSince72 says:

    IN FACT I have NEVER even met him.

    I conclude that you don’t belong to either of these two orgainzations: the Canadiens and the Mob.

     

  27. Mark C says:

    a team that will battle for the eighth playoff spot. This year, next year, and forever and ever, amen (or at least until the Pollyannas realize what an albatross Gomez and his fat contract are).

    This argument is so wrong. The Blackhawks won the Cup with almost $13M in cap space spent on Huet and Brian Campbell. If the Blackhawks can win while spending almost $6M on the goalie with the 3rd worst SV% in the league and another $7M on a player like Campbell, then Gomez’s contract can’t be blame for holding Montreal back that much. Gomez is overpaid, but only by $2-$3M, and not $7M.

  28. joeybarrie says:

    You know Timo. RIGHT NOW you are correct. we had alot of great chances last night and for most of them we couldnt even hit the net. But it happens. You think too much about missing the net, and then you do it. Its not easy. Cammi and Gio will get it back. AK will keep his .6 point a game, and I think MaxPac will stick around.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  29. Kooch7800 says:

    Boston will pass us in January for sure. Boston is playing pretty well and the habs are cooling right down. 

  30. Ian Cobb says:

    Hab’s skipping rope at practise,! how very nice.!

    NOW GET TO WORK! You,! You,! You,!………. Millionaires!!!!

  31. joeybarrie says:

    5 games in 11 days is not what I would call RUNNING YOUR GOALIE INTO THE GROUND.

    Teams go hot, teams go cold. Especially teams with major injuries. AS A TEAM our guys cannot keep up with the work load. The bottom line is to have depth. YES we have depth, BUT not to beat the top teams.

    Dallas, Colorado, Boston, Philly, Detroit. 5 of the top teams in the league out of the last 6 games, and 3 of them away. Thats the story with our slump. In the LOSSES category, these 5 teams make up HALF of the top ten.

    In the end it is simple. We absolutely NEED a top defenseman. We have lost a player who was included in over 25% of our scoring when he was on the ice. Without a replacement, we are an above average team that has problems scoring, but is very good defensively. Interesting since our Defence players individually are not the best in the league. That’s where JM comes in. But alot of people do not see that. They criticize him for everything they THINK that should be done. I would not have benched AK…. But then again, I do not work with him every day. IN FACT I have NEVER even met him. So what the hell do I know. Honestly, about AK’s situation…. NOTHING. Rumors, innuendo and half truths.

    We are one game out of 8th place, BUT we have games in hand on a few teams. In the East, AGAIN, it’s tight. 5 teams are seperated by four points.

    Pittsburgh and Philly are the teams in the East. The rest are good but have holes. If we can fill up ours. Then we are back on track. If we cannot, then we are struggling to be somewhere near the top and hopefull to steal a series in the playoffs.

    We have players, not robots. Apparently we are fighting the flu? Whatever, all the teams have the same thing over the course of the season… 6 Games into a losing streak and we are still sitting 3rd (by a string). Not the end of the world. We can hopefully end it right now.

    We are aware of what we can do. The question is will we be able to accomplish it. Not an easy task to simply get a top player and not give up too much. I have no real big problem with giving up picks. We end up in the top and get a low pick anyways. I personally feel that anything 15 and under and its luck of the draw anyways. On the flip side of that coin, we have a few guys that i wouldnt cry about if we lost. Players that are easily replaceable in the short term, and our young guys will hopefully fill that out in the long term. MaxPac has had a GREAT 3 games.

    We just got to KILL Carolina and all will be ok.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  32. luca says:

    I think Gionta needs a soccer net

  33. shiram says:

    If you wanna waste your ticket price, go ahead. The guy in Toronto has just been banned from ACC, and any Maple Leafs events. Besides, we are not as bad as the Loafs, and our team doesnt deserve such treatment.

  34. Hobie Hansen says:

    How many chances did Pacioretty get robbed on last night, wow! If a couple of those chances were converted into goals it would have been a different outcome.

     

    Hopefully Kostitsyn is able to recompose himself and is inserted back on the top line with Cammalleri and Plekanec for tomorrow’s game.

     

    I think we have the makings of two very good scoring lines and the support staff that should consist of Pouliot, Moen, Halpren, Darche, Lapierre and Eller, make two very good 3rd and 4th lines.

     

    The one hole that must be filled is on defense. Hopefully we can hang around until the deadline draws closer and either sign a rock solid, stay at home defenseman or a real offensive threat. We don’t seem quite deep enough on the back end, especially since Subban has come back down to earth.      

     

  35. Favorite Son says:

    I completely agree. None of them know how to aim. Gionta’s the worst one right now, he keeps missing so many chances and his shots don’t hit the net. Pouliot doesn’t even shoot anymore and he should because he has a strong shot. Even Cammalleri the sniper is missing the net.

  36. Itsik says:

    I totally agree, if they continue like this, i have to begin adding waffles on my shopping list…or better we should start bag some extra poutine souce, cheese and fries, and orgenize a whole poutine orgy on ice when they play like that at the bell centre…..

     

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  37. Itsik says:

    I totally agree, if they continue like this, i have to begin adding waffles on my shopping list…or better we should start bag some extra poutine souce, cheese and fries, and orgenize a whole poutine orgy on ice when they play like that at the bell centre…..

     

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  38. shiram says:

    For all the talk about Gomez having to go, no one really suggests any realistic feasible way we could trade him, not only that but the need to fill in a second line center afterwards. Besides, his line has been playing great since MaxPac was called up.

    He might be overpaid, but he is still our second best center.

  39. CBrady12 says:

    these so called professional hockey players can’t hit a freaking net if their spoiled rich overpaid lives dependent on it.

     

    jelous much?

  40. SeriousFan09 says:

    1. Andrei being on the ice when the team mailed in garbage against CLB, NSH, EDM this season certainly showed it’s all about Andrei isn’t it? Wait… this team has been absolute crap against half WC the before this happened. This is an issue going back years where the team doesn’t raise their game for the WC opposition nearly as often as they should,

    2. He’s just making the same mistakes more often, and his ‘veteran partner’ Picard isn’t helping him settle it down anymore. Picard should be dumped off of his pairing very soon.

    3. He was until the last 5, but Spacek declining hasn’t helped and the only time OB was useful on a top pair was when he got paired with Markov.

    4. If Carey is the starting netminder, he has to be ready to take on almost the full load as that’s his job but I agree he seems to be making less of the miraculous saves lately (or the luck is just against him on those bounces) but again, he is getting the same bad luck with being screened by his own team/deflected off their sticks more lately. Still say he’s not going to much help to MTL if he plays 70+ before playoffs though.

    5. Gomez’s line is producing more so that’s going to offset needing to rely on Pleks, he’s starting to get points.

     

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

  41. shiram says:

    1. I dont get benching AK, reduce his team, take him from the pp, but benching him, makes no sense with the info we have

    2. No he isnt, I think he needs to be paired with a veteran D-man, maybe Gill, and Gorges could be the mentor to Picard and/or Weber.

    3. I wouldnt want ROB back, and he could not replace Markov, also Hammer cannot be the same offencive presence Markov was, and he and Spacek needs to have their time managed closely.

    4.Price looked great all of the early season when he played all those games, and while his play isnt as great as it was, he still is awesome. But I’d play Auld some more definately.

    5. Yea they arent playing better…

    6.Halpern is still a great deal, but you cant rely on your fourth line for your offence, the issue is not with him I’d say.

  42. NightRyder says:

    Many wise points Poochie.

    Some of my rants here tend to be overwraught and long-winded. But the basic thoughts I harped about all off-season haven’t changed, even though some no longer apply.

    1. Price over Halak, he’ll be fine.

    2. Gomez is an overpaid pud who has to go.

    3. Coaches should have been Boucher and Larry Robinson if we wanted any chance of developing our kids properly.

    4. O’Byrne was being underused and six-foot-five, 240-pound, right-shooting d-men who can skate and have some toughness should be assets, not pine-riders.

    5. We’ll compete for the eighth playoff spot forever and ever, and I’m OK with that if we have a hot goalie.

     

  43. Timo says:

    Forget bag skating… how about some tutor shooters? Freak, these so called professional hockey players can’t hit a freaking net if their spoiled rich overpaid lives dependent on it.

  44. SeriousFan09 says:

    If the question isn’t “who should be the 1st-line center in Hamilton” than Desharnais is not the solution.

     

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

  45. J_P says:

    December strikes again for the habs.  Year after year, the habs have trouble in december.

    They really have to lighten the load on Carey, he’s actually looking real tired out there.

  46. adamkennelly says:

    agreed.  opponents impose their will on this team and there is nothing we can do.  Price plays lights out and this team wins – avg or worse and team looks really bad.  small Forwards are kept on perimiter and team has zero intimidation factor.  this is hockey – NHL hockey – not european hockey and size, aggression and physical play are factors.  Habs have none and cannot respond at all – it hurts this team.

    How many other teams in the league would let their #1 rookie go challenegd without a response.  I know PK can “handle” himself but give me a break – huge problem.

  47. NightRyder says:

    It’s amazing how quickly the worm can turn here. A decent streak of play and we’re a fleding dynasty. A few losses and it’s time for a massive overhaul. 

    Instead, to paraphrase Dennis Green, we are who we thought we are – a team that will battle for the eighth playoff spot. This year, next year, and forever and ever, amen (or at least until the Pollyannas realize what an albatross Gomez and his fat contract are).

    A team (like many others) that will struggle mightily without Herculean efforts from our goaltender.

    A team that absolutely cannot overcome the fulltime loss of one of the league’s 10 best defencemen.

    A team that will absolutely struggle to properly develop its young players because the situation they are placed in precludes them from being able to push through their many youthful mistakes. It means the coach will sit them on the bench to “think about their mistakes” when he’s really covering his own ass and trying to win enough games to keep his job (and how can you blame him I guess).

    We will never be truly bad, because the intense pressure from the media and jackals like us dictates otherwise. So, we’ll continue to bring in stopgap, servicable NHL veterans who will do two things – take away valuable growth time for our youngsters and always keep us in the playoff hunt.

    To paraphrase another great orator, Todd Bertuzzi, it is what it is. Unless Price plays out of his mind come playoff time, this is another middle-of-the-road squad, like many before it and many to come.

    Just hope to get into the dance and hope Price will grow back his ‘stache and sneak away with the girl at the end.

  48. HabFanSince72 says:

    1. As I said elsewhere putting AK46 on the 4th line didn’t snap him out of his coma.

    2. But he was making even more mistakes when he had confidence.

    3. Right about Hamrlik. Forget O’Byrne, he’s not very good.

    4. Sure looks that way.

    5. Yes.

    6. Gomez line is better now.

    7. It could be worse. (Calgary, Ottawa, Toronto)

  49. shiram says:

    Losing 5 out of the last 7 game to me is a slump, more so as the Habs had much better win ratio before.
    But I don’t have much to say about JM and PG, it is sometimes frustrating to see JM and his lack of emotion, but he usually does great, though i often cannot make sense of his decision.

  50. SmartDog says:

    The fact is that a dip in the season is not uncommon, nothing to freak out about or start juggling lines or crying in your beer.

    But as a Habs fan this is frustrating, and in some ways concerning because:

    1. We FINALLY have a top 6 and Martin benches one to “send a message” to everyone else.  What message? That he wants us to suck?

    2. Subban is not playing with the confidence he had.

    3. Hamrlik, a -3 last night is obviously not up to carrying the Markov load for any lenght of time (and we dumped O’Byrne who now is racking up minutes in Colorado).

    4. Price is being ridden into the ground.  Why the Habs always want to milk this kid as if he’s made of metal I don’t know but it was a mistake last year when he was playing 5-6 games in a row and it’s a mistake this year when he’s playing 10 in a row.

    5. Some of our bubble players like Pouliot are, for a variety of reasons playing worse not better.

    6. The Halpern burst that started the season has slowed and so we’re back to over-relying on the Pleks line (see point 1 for why this is a non-starter).

    And most of all…. for me the Habs main probem is that they can only win when either Price plays out of his mind, or the whole rest of the team plays at their best.  If Price has an average game and the team doens’t absolutely shine, we lose.  This is not yet a powerful hockey team.  It’s a pretty good team, and a very good team when team play is on and near-perfect.  But I still say what what we lack in consistancy is in part because of a lack of team toughness.  We don’t have enough guys who can drive to the net and take abuse and come back for more.  And without enoug toughness the team wears down, smaller guys doing too much.  This is my view, I am sure there are others.

    And yes, I think Martin has a good system, is a good coach in that way etc. but his favoritism toward veterans and picking on other whipping boys is messing up the team.  We lost a solid well-developed player in O’Byrne who we could use now, and he’s benching guys that need to step up and have stepped up in the past while other non-performers are still avoiding hot areas, not playing a 2-way game, and being left to lollygag game after game. This hurts team morale.

    The habs may snap out of it, just a bump in the road. But I predict that without a boost in toughness, and without Martin being more appropriate in his benchings, and without Price getting a bit more rest, we’re going to be trying to squeak in to the playoffs again.

    ——-

  51. dh says:

    Didn’t we outshoot the Avs by a wide margin?  I think the problem is putting them in the net for some reason.  How many times do you hear Pierre Houde’s “filet ouverte – encore raté”? 

    I don’t get that.  Is the team snakebit for some reason?

  52. observer says:

    maybe last year’s playoffs not last year’s regular season was the aberration?

  53. CBrady12 says:

    YOU GUYS CRACK ME UP!!!

  54. observer says:

    13 losses and by end of road trip if boston wins a few , the habs are back fighting for 8th and 9th place.

  55. Timo says:

    Maybe they are not that good after all. Very highly paid though… noone will dispute that.

  56. Storm Man says:

    Lord Matin called for no practice today. I know the reason why he did that, He has a mid-afternoon system seminar to be at in Raleigh.

  57. Say Ash says:

    Uh, so let’s go bowling?

  58. observer says:

    This is not the roster of a Cup winner. This mediocre at best team was built by Gainey/Gauthier over now 8 years.

  59. PrimeTime says:

    4-5-1 in the last 10 including losing the last two to Av’s and Stars (two of the hottest teams) is a slump? Man the bar has been raised high for a bunch of fans who proclaim that JM and PG suck at their jobs. You would think lowered expectations would be in order and the overall record beyond expectations?

  60. SmartDog says:

    Sad that this is a ‘rose-coloured glasses’ post and that it’s not that far off.

    :(

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  61. observer says:

    Loss number 13.

  62. shiram says:

    So the slump is on, and its for real… I was thinking about it last night, and wondered what was wrong, and I thought about our low offence style, does it hurt us?
    We are 25th and 26th respectively in shot on goal for, and shot on goal against. Now this can be taken as a good news/bad news scenario.
    For one, we allow alot of shots, but we manage to not allow many goals (Thank Carey!).
    Bad news though is that we dont have many shots on goals, and so we score few goals…

    Gio is doing is fair share, and his the 6th in the league for shots on goal with 138, though he is 35th in goals. Cammy has 102 shots, and his ranked 31st. Both have 12 goals and are our goal leaders.

    Then Pleky and AK46 with 85 shots each, and 10 and 9 goals respectively.

    Afterwards it starts to drop swiftly, with Lapierre and Subban with 73 and 81 each, 5 and 2 goals respectively.

    I think we need to shoot more, and try to create opportunities for a scrum in front of the net, those ugly goals are just as good as the fancy ones.

    Missing Markov hurts, but we aren’t an awful team without him, there will be good streaks and bad streaks…

  63. observer says:

    So if the Bruins with those games in hand pass the Habs, Habs are back in 8th place fighting for a playoff spot all over again. I realize no trades can be made until after holidays, but why has Gauthier not made a move/trade to bolster this team since Markov went down and there is cap room? Why hasn’t he found a deal? Why is AK a healthy scratch diminishing his trade value? This is a long year, already of the first 9 eastern teams only the Rangers lost more games than the Habs.

  64. nickster13 says:

    unfortunately, with all these losses, cant look at positives, can only look at all these losses

  65. HabFanSince72 says:

    Rose-coloured glasses assesment of last night: Dallas didn’t actually dominate us – they didn’t even play that well. Their first goal was iffy (batted in with  a glove) and their 3rd shouldn’t have counted (ref is supposed to blow the whistle when he can’t see the puck). Price wasn’t bad but he is probably tired.

    Realisitc assesment: Price is tired. AA, like his poker hand, is rarely seen. Our Defensive corps is quite poor, meaning the attackers have to help out on D (Martin’s system) meaning we don’t score. Gionta, big-hearted guy that he is, is probably the worst Habs captain ever in terms of actual hockey skill. The only forward who gives everything on every shift is Darche. Team confidence is not good.

     

  66. adamkennelly says:

    Habs lost that game and many others recently because opponents imposed their will on the game.  last night, Dallas drove our net constantly with no push back and at the other end – kept our team on the perimeter.  Habs can’t score because the team collectively does not provide the best environment for our skilled guys to succeed.  Instead of having a 3rd and 4th line made up of guys who chip in goals here and there, why not build those lines in order to maximize the success of the top 6 – and team will be much better off.

     

     

  67. Mark C says:

    More like 17th for total goals for and 19th of goals per game

  68. bertuzzisucks says:

    Call up Dersharnais now! We need some ENERGY! Sit Benoit P as he just skates in circles right now,

    sit Picard and get Weber in there. We need a SHOT on the point.

     

    Cammy Plek Akot

    Pac Gomez Gio

    Moen Halpren Darche

    Eller Dershanais Lappiere.

     

    Subban Gorges

    Gill Webber

    Hammer and Spacth

  69. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    This team better get serious about putting some points on the board and trying to pull away a bit from Boston in the division.

  70. BrianSkrudland says:

    2nd worst in the league in the goals for department, eh? It really is a sad stat to consider. The Habs have many good offensive players, so it really is a puzzle as to why they can’t put the damn puck in the net.

     

    Is a matter of strategy, heart, luck, opponents? Who knows? Something needs to change, and soon.

  71. HabFanSince72 says:

    I’ve seen a lot of Cup winners

    I’ve been in a lot of planes. I still don’t think I could fly one.

  72. gohabsgo25 says:

    First of all we need to score more goals were the 2nd worst team in Goals For.

     

    Secondly the lines should be

     

    Cammy Plek Akot

    Pac Gomez Gio

    Pouliot Halpren Darche

    Moen Eller Lappiere.

    Subban Gorges

    Gill Webber

    Hammer and Spacth

     

    we need more scoring and need a better d group. picard should sit and insert webber in he is dieing to play.

     

  73. joshua94k says:

    Mr. Martin, here is some free advice. I’ve seen a lot of Cup winners and the formula for succes has not changed much. Put these lines together and let them develop some chemistry. If they are kept for the duration of the road trip, the Canadiens will be on top.

    Subban – Gorges (energetic and steady, sort of like Robinson and Savard, Gorges will lay back and let Subban be creative and set-up plays.

    Spacek – Hamirlik (the steady shut down team, sort of like Ludwig and Green)

    Gill – Picard/Webber (the experienced Gill with one of these young proteges will be a good balance, I’d try Webber, he is due after sittting out for a few games and his offence can balance with Gill’s steadiness)

    Cammalleri – Plekanec – Kostitsyn (if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, the key line during last year’s play-off run, the only line where Kostitsyn scored with frequency until it was broken up, he hasn’t been the same again)

    Gionta – Gomez – Pacioretty (Pacioretty has been the missing piece in the puzzle that has taken a while to solve, he is playing well and both he and Gionta can take a lot of shots, ample opportunities for Gomez to set up plays)

    Eller – Haplern – Darche (the ‘goto’ line that never stops working, they can win key face-offs, score and shut down the opposing team’s top line, sort of Gainey, Jarvis, Skrudland, McPhee, Wilson etc)

    Pouliot – Lappierre – Pyatt (the intensity and energy line that can draw penalties and can score as well, sort of Tremblay, Riseborough, Lambert, Nilan, Walter type of players)

    With Price in nets, this team can go very far, what it needs is a consistent line-up where players get to play with each other for a while and develop some consistency together.

    “It’s too much for one guy to shoulder. For us, we’re going to do it as a group. It’s about sharing that responsibility win or lose.” – Mike Cammalleri


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Habs skip practice

You would think that a team which has lost two in a row and five of its last six could use all the practice it can get but coach Jacques Martin decided to scrub a scheduled workout this morning in Dallas. The team leaves Big D at 11 a.m., almost two hours ahead of their original schedule, and will arrive in Raleigh in mid-afternoon. They’ll face the Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow night. It will be the third of seven consecutive road games and their last game before Christmas.   


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