Habs will practice at noon; Metro skating

The Gazette’s Herb Zurkowsky reports the Canadiens are in an 11 am meeting, as scheduled, and will practice at noon hour.

Centre Glen Metropolit was on the ice ahead of the team, skating with head athletic therapist Graham Rynbend. Metropolit is rehabbing a left shoulder separation and it wasn’t expected he’d be back in the lineup before the playoffs, perhaps a later round assuming the Canadiens made it that far.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are skating on Brossard’s other sheet of ice at this hour.


  1. zak says:

    When you’re fighting for a playoiff spot every game is a must game. stop picking and choosing you’re must games  just to dump on a particular player 

  2. jimmy shaker says:

    Okay, let’s critique Jaro!  Which game my friend?  Let me have it…..since you love him so much, this should be real easy.  Or give me a game where Price was in the crease and we can do that too.  Then we’ll see who’s bias is getting in the way of the FACTS.


  3. jimmy shaker says:

    If your talking about the 3rd Islander goal, go back to NHL.com and check out the video replay.  Started off with a turnover in the neutral zone , Nilson came in as the puck squirted out to him and he had a nice wrist shot, right over Jaro’s pad and just under his glove right inside the post…..and he shot it just inside the faceoff circle….so it wasn’t a shot from the blueline…..FACT…..try it sometime, rather than just going off of your hate for Jaro because your mad at him for taking the job from your best buddy Price. 

    Shaker…still shaking my head!


  4. jimmy shaker says:

    So were the wins (shutout wins) vs philly and buffalo not clutch wins?  What about any of his 25 wins throughout the year?  Why aren’t they classified as “clutch wins”?  WOW…I think you’re in a fog when it comes down to who is to blame for the habs woes.  Again, you stating “he didn’t get it done”  What would you like him to do better?  We know he can’t score or backcheck hard, or make the right pinch at the right time and make the right decision with the puck.  SO, what do you want him to do?  Please tell me!



  5. makka83 says:

    Yeah… I’ve seen you critique Jaro ZERO times

  6. makka83 says:

    A goal from the blue line with noone around him is a weak goal. Less weak goals have been whined about if another goalie was in nets.

  7. makka83 says:

    Actually that’s not what I meant but I guess I should have elaborated for the less intelligent people.

    Halak had 2 MUST WIN GAMES and he lost them. That’s a fact.

    Halak had a must win/tie game against the Rangers 3 years ago and wasn’t great (88% save%, like last night exactly). While he has played great down the stretch and is one of the very few reasons why we are still in playoff contention, he has come up empty when trying to actually get us there now 3 times at least. He just could not finish the job. This is one of the positives about Halak, that he is clutch when it matters and when the game is on the live, making key saves and getting us key wins.

    Last night would have been a key win. NYI would have been a key win. He did not get it down. So tomorrow he will have another chance and I hope he does it. Based on his history, unfortunately he will not do it because, he has always come up short throughout his career.

  8. jimmy shaker says:

    If you think that Price is getting the start…..there is something wrong!  There is noway that JM can go with Price.  IF he does do that, he’ll be sending price to the wolves which is not a good thing.  After Carey’s last start vs the canes…..EVeryone knew that Jaro had to run the schedule…..he’s the number 1 guy…JM showed that, Jaro knows it and Carey has excepted it.  Jaro is the tender from here on in. 


  9. jimmy shaker says:

    You guys are quite comical talking about rebound control.  So the breakaway on Larose that Halak stopped, then as the puck went off of Gio’s skate right to Staal and scored as O’Byrne just let him go and watched him walk in…..yes that is Jaro’s poor rebound contol.  And then on the 3rd goal, where Marky made his best pinch of his life….Jaro makes the save on Staal’s shot, a very quick close in shot, that Staal has to shoot far side, so if he doesn’t score, at least there might be a rebound that could come out to the slot or open side of the net.  He doesn’t shoot nearside, he shoots farside because of the better percentages of getting a goal.  Jaro makes the first save, and Staal hoping for a goal, knowing most likely he’ll get a rebound, does just that, gets the rebound and they score.  How do you honestly think, with a shot from that close in on that type of angle, that Jaro could’ve done better?  Should we expect a goalie never to give up rebounds?  Looks that way to me, when you look at the goals.  NHL.com goes goal by goal, check it out, and I think you’ll recant your statement!


  10. slapshot777 says:

    I said a couple of days ago just after the OT loss to the Isles, that we should have started Price against Carolina and we could have given Halak a rest and it would have kept him fresh for Toronto. Now here we are, with the team in a free fall and now Halak is looking just like Price does when he doesn’t get the offensive support.

    That has been the biggest difference this season. Price hasn’t got that lucky bounce plus an unfortunate soft goal here and there and with no offensive suport for him, that equals up to a loss usually. Halak on the other hand was making some key saves and the offensive was giving him about a goal a game more than Price was getting and that was equalling a win.

    So here we are, what to do?  Play Halak and hope he holds up and doesn’t fold nder the pressure of a must win in the last game, or do we take a chance and hpe that Price who must be hungry now to play a game and show management that he is capable of making that key stop also and hoping the offensive can score some goals and the PP click for a couple of goals.


    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  11. jimmy shaker says:

    Yes I like Halak more than I like Price, but I don’t let my bias blind me otherwise like it seems to be doing for you.  Your facts are weak, like your takes.  Explain to me how last night and the newyork game were his fault.  What were you chirping actually not chirping when jaro had the back to back donuts last week?  Just don’t let your bias of Price be your only reason to try and tear down Jaro and his play.  Because in case you missed it, without Jaro where would we be right now?  FACT!  I’ll critique Jaro, just as I critique Carey  good or bad…..looks like you can’t do the same.


  12. Bugs says:

    When a goalie loses a game to NY, that means they’re not clutch. That’s what that means.

    It doesn’t matter if they systematically bring their teams to the playoffs two, and almost three times, by themselves or take a rinky-dink international team to the bronze game in the Olympics; what matters is: did they have ONE bad game against the Isles.

    Halak had a bad game vs the Isles, therefore A to B to B to C = Halak is not clutch.

    Thanks, Maka.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  13. jimmy shaker says:

    Not fact….opinion that Halak let in a weak goal with 90 seconds left.

    How could Halak win yesterday? Please with your hard facts explain that to me!

    3 years ago when he was a rookie….yes, he sucks hard.  Then Huet comes back and mails it in letting in 5 goals to the leafs.

    I’m constantly giving my head a shake at fans on here looking to place blame on our goalies when they are the last thing that we have to worry about.  Just come on here and say…”I want Price to start, I like him better and I think he’ll get the job done”  At least something like that will give you a little bit of credit.  And yes I’m still shaking my head!


  14. makka83 says:

    Stating fact is embarrassing? sorry the truth hurts.. your man-crush for halak must be hurting since he did win the last two games… it’s okay!

  15. makka83 says:

    Pointing out facts my friend.

    Halak blew the NYI game with a weak goal and was weak in the shootout.

    Halak did not WIN yesterday

    and Halak did not win when we needed 1 point to the Rangers 3 years ago…

    FACTS! Give your head a shake!

  16. jimmy shaker says:

    So it’s obvious your bias towards Price is blinding the reality of the situation.  Wake’em up!  Stop now before you emabarrass yourself further


  17. jimmy shaker says:

    AHhhh, so little understanding of the game.  Ignorance speaks loudly with that rant!



  18. makka83 says:

    Meh! Just pointing out the obvious…

    Halak folks arguments against Price:

    – Most important things are wins

    – Jaro is there when in matters

    The last two games both are strong arguments against Halak. We needed a win and he let in a weak goal with 90 seconds left!!!

    He also lost to the Rangers in 2007 (why is everyone forgetting that?) with a respectable save % of 88%… Then everyone blames Huet/Carbo… Honestly? Halak had the chance and blew it.

  19. Storm Man says:

    nope Im bang on when it comes to JM

  20. Chorske says:

    yer missing Bugs’ point

  21. Storm Man says:

    Oh Oh you have started something now, Bugs is going to set you straight.

  22. makka83 says:

    What’s Halak’s record in must win games this season?

    How about must get 1 point games?

    How about 2 years ago? Wasn’t he the one who lost to the Rangers?

    Yeah, he’s clutch!

  23. Storm Man says:

    Bugs easy now I have never said anything bad about Halak,  JM does not know how to coach this team and he should go the guy is not a winner.

  24. Bugs says:

    So you admit to being biased to the point of foregoing reason if you can’t find ANYTHING good to say about Jack nor recognize that Halak now is better than Lalime then?

    I see.

    Very good.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  25. Storm Man says:

    It would be the same, I wish I could say something good about the way JM coaches but untill the mothership takes Alf home I don’t.

  26. smiler2729 says:

    Yeah really. And speaking of Patrick Lalime, how nice of Buffalo to start him last night against the Bruins.

  27. Bugs says:

    You want to keep things real, you give Halak’s play now to Senators’ team then and then take a look at Jack Marty’s record against the leafs when the games mean something.


    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  28. Storm Man says:

    I keep things real Bugs, I do dare to dream from time to time

  29. Bugs says:

    Why you gotta be that way, Stormy?

    We’re gonna win.

    And that’s all there is to it.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  30. Storm Man says:

    how is JM record vs the Leafs when the game means something??????? Things that make you go Hmmmmmm;)

  31. Ian Cobb says:

    Sorry! parkinson’s

  32. Ian Cobb says:

    Through some sand on that pad of ice, will you!

    Last game of the year for both, who do you think needs the practice?

  33. Habscore says:

    Can anyone put some laxative or sleeping medication in the Laffs’s gatorade bottles…..  ahemm…

  34. Les-Habitants says:

    As a Montrealer living in Toronto for the time being, even if we do clinch a spot today, we need to win saturday for my personal sanity, and i’m sure that of other Hab fans who remember 2007 as well.

  35. Jordio-oh says:

    Amen. I am in the same spot as you. The guy in the office next to me makes a point of reminding me everytime the leafs beat the habs, as if i wasn’t already very aware.

  36. Big Ted says:

    If the Habs don’t win tomorrow night, regardless of whether they back-door into the playoffs or not, Martin should be fired. A coach who can’t win 1 of 3 games against three of the weakest teams in the NHL doesn’t deserve to be coaching, especially when there’s a stud like Guy Boucher almost ready to step in. Would hate to see some other team snap him up and leave us with Martin. The guy has a much more realistic view of his talent then Carbo did, but his actual coaching strategy is suspect at best. Would be much more comfortable having a guy like Boucher step in with a veteran assistant like Larry Robinson coaching D. The Habs have played some good games this year, but consistency has been awful and for many games, it’s issues like zone break-out and bad pinching at the offensive blue-line that are killing us. Those kind of issues fall on the coaching staff to sort out, and Martin, Pearn, and Muller have failed over and over. Let’s hope they beat a miserable Leafs team that didn’t seem motivated to beat any of our competition but will be fired up to play us.

  37. ab-hab-nut says:

    Agreed 100%

  38. GoalieT says:

    As much as I absolutely hate the goalie controversy, and I normally just jump over to eBay or something when I see that topic start to fly, I am actually quite surprised that no one has pointed out the gesture that Halak made on the 4th goal last night. He was sitting on his butt after attempting a save, and when the goal went in he threw his arms up in the air in frustration.

    Had that been Carey, this message would probably appear on the 20th page of comments ripping him to shreds. Mind you, had he been playing and had the same results against two non-playoff teams he’d be getting ripped a new you-know-what as well. With our season potentially hanging in the balance, there won’t be any ill feelings towards Halak if we were to lose on Saturday again – ending the season with 3 straight losses to non-playoff teams – he won’t feel any wrath from it.

    I love the Habs, and consider myself an absolutely huge fan. I want wins, wins, wins – and I don’t care how we get them. However, all the talk the past few weeks/months of pitting one goalie against the other really poisons the strongest of fans.

    And like a lot of fans, I find myself cheering for an individual underdog.

    Call me sentimental and prideful due to having found myself in the same situation – be it on a smaller scale…

    …but I’d like to see Carey on Saturday. I think he’d be embarrassed enough and determined enough to do some serious damage.

    I don’t post often, and usually only when something is nagging at me. I’m sure there will be no shortage of critics to this post. But I hate this topic as much as the next guy.


    Ultimate Die-Hard Since 1986. T.

  39. TommyB says:

    Absolutely agree!  Welcome to the myopic wonderful world of the “Halak is better than Price” clan.  And by the way, has Halak been using Price’s catching glove lately?  Ooops!  I’m with you on starting Price Saturday.  I feel certain he would rise to the challenge.  Really, what pro wouldn’t?  And the truth is, if the Habs can’t win THAT game regardless of who starts in goal, then they are a very sad hockey team indeed.

  40. smiler2729 says:

    I totally agree with you but if Montreal loses Saturday with Carey in the crease, you can probably kiss Pricey goodbye, he’ll be booed stupidly and mercilessly out of town, his confidence shaken to the point of most likely puking every time somebody mentions the city to him for the rest of his life.

    No, let Jaro take the fall, he’ll be forgiven. Players with little or no expectations perform best in le Cirque de Canadien, players (and coaches) with unrealistic and immediate expectations fail and go on to success elsewhere.

  41. ManApart says:

    I love how you talk about hating the goalie contoversy and how it poisons fans, and then go on through your whole post talking about it. Trust me… Price never comes close to seeing the net. JM is going to ride Halak until the end, where ever that may be, for obvious reasons.

  42. Bugs says:

    We CAN’T afford to make the same mistake we made three years ago, Tee.

    We just can’t.

    This time, Halak plays last game against the leafs.

    As for what folks would “probably” have said “if” whatever, I leave such projection into alternate universes to you.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  43. Say Ash says:

    Just borrow the ones the Habs used last night. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…………….

  44. smiler2729 says:

    Doesn’t work, they’ve been sucking that stuff back for 43 years, it’s a pick me up to them. Yes, Pampers and Depends do make hockey pants in blue & white.

  45. Storm Man says:

    That must be the Habs problem lets blame the training staff

  46. habbyone says:

    Practice what? They havn’t improved on anything all year. This team needs a bus ride to the Hammer to see a real hockey team with a real system and a coach that has a clue.

  47. smiler2729 says:

    Oh yeah, me too. It’s sickening, Leaf fans make me wanna commit crimes… HOLY MACKINAW, sheesh, what a blowhard.

  48. gumper says:

    What a mess this team is. At this juncture, you really have to wonder what frame of mind Bob Gainey was in last summer when he decided it made sense to let all of the free agents walk, and create a whole new team out of spare parts. Some weird kind of Frankenstein experiment, and we all know how that turned out. Fast forward to the present, and try to speculate about what Gauthier’s thinking right now. Maybe he’s thinking he needs to fire the coach. (So if he does, next year we’ll have three head coaches on the payroll, only one of whom is actually working for the firm. Who would have thought Montreal would become the place coaches come to die!) Maybe he’s thinking the defence looks old and ineffective. (Getting rid of those Gainey contracts will not be easy, though. That much is apparent.) Maybe he’s wondering why the small guys on the team all play big, and the big guys all play small. (Maybe that gets him to thinking again about coaching, but then, can coaches “make” players perform on the ice?) Maybe he’s thinking a couple of key trades will set things on the right path, you know, a goalie, a couple of Kostitsyns. (Or maybe he’s too worried that after being traded those players will go on to have amazing careers elsewhere.) If he has any sense at all, he has to be thinking that, given the contracts and players he’s saddled with, history will see these next four years as “rebuilding” years. (Why rebuild every five years when you can just keep constantly remodelling?) Like I said, it’s a hell of a mess. A year has gone by as we’ve waited for this team to gel. I guess it’s time to say they have gelled, and this is as good as it gets. I know, there’s always the possibility that they’ll squeak in, finally find their passion for the game, and make a deep run. Miracles happen. They just don’t happen often. And if miracles are like luck – you create your own – I’m not going to hold my breath. Good luck M. Gauthier. With the cards your holding, you’re going to need it.

  49. wild flower says:

    Most of last year’s crew, including Koivu are likely going golfing soon, so BG swapped losers for slightly better loosers. His only mistake letting Kovalev go. If the Habs had him now, the cup would be a lock. Ottawa must be terrified that last night’s injury will stall their march to glory.

  50. Jordio-oh says:

    just like how i love you claim the reasons price doesn’t come close to seeing the net are ‘obvious’.


  51. makka83 says:

    If Jaro blows another must win game, can we stop calling him clutch? Cause he really isn;t!

  52. Say Ash says:

    Why is everyone so apprehensive of facing the Leafs in a knockout match on Saturday? Do you REALLY think next week’s games would be any easier? I don’t want help from no team. Cheer for Philly tonight? WFT? Is that seriously what’s it’s come to?

  53. smiler2729 says:

    Yeah really, why be scared of the Leafs, it’s not like they have Chad Kilger and Karel Pilar around to dominate us… I’ve lost it.



    I need a drink.

  54. Bugs says:

    Next week is next week.

    Worry about it then.

    Other fish fryin now.

    Now, you want yours with a lemon twist or not? Hurry up; other people hungry.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

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