Price will face Maple Leafs

The Gazette’s Pat Hickey was at Canadiens practice at the Bell Centre on Wednesday morning and provides this update.

Goaltender Carey Price, recently recalled from Hamilton, will get the start against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

Christopher Higgins is being dropped to the fourth line, along with Maxim Lapierre and Mathieu Dandenault.

The first line remains the same: Alex Kovalev, Andrei Kostitsyn and Tomas Plekanec, while the second line will be Sergei Kostitsyn, Saku Koivu, Guillaume Latendresse. The third line will be composed of Tom Kostopoulos, Bryan Smolinski and Steve B├ęgin.

Defenceman Ryan O’Byrne practised with team for first time since breaking his thumb on Dec. 27, but he’s not ready to return to the lineup yet.


  1. CBrady12 says:

    I can agree that Higgins is in all repects better that all the guys you mentioned. But no offence but you dont quite understand the game. Ryder is on the ice for one purpose, to score goals. When he isn’t scoring, he is useless. I would NEVER put Ryder out on the ice on a PK or against the oppositions best line. He is far too slow and is horrible defensively. Kostopolous, Begin and to a lesser extent Dandenault, while they might not have the offensive ability that Ryeder HAD, they are able to defend against the opposition and can be used on the penalty kill and at the end of games when defending a lead. Smolinski has not been carrying his weight but neither has Ryder. Not only that, Kosto and Begin both provide a more of a physical presence and get into the face of the opposition, while Ryder looks like he is afraid of his own shadow. Hockey is more than stats. Carbo knows this and that why he is the coach of the team and we are the fans.

  2. Hockey11 says:

    Dandy has more points 5 on 5 that Ryder, he plays less minutes and he plays against the other teams top lines and he played with a rookie center who is now in the NHL. You people have to realize there are two separate dynamics. there are 2 strong offensvie lines and two “checking lines”. Dandenault moved to forward because the team asked him to. He has played with different people most nites and he playing with people who are not scoring either so you don’t get the pluses to balance off the minuses. Last year Souray was -29 last in the NHL and we still played him late in games with leads.

    Dandy is a better skater than Begin and more durable and has more playoff experience. He is better defensively that Kosto but Kosto has a nice edge. Latter should never be on the 3-4 line as he can’t skate. SO why does he get the rasberries?

    All Carbo has proven to me is that he can’t manage players very well. Higgins on the fourth line is ridiculous. Ryder will be a Ribiero, wait and see, this staff lacks a veteran coach with experience that can help smooth out the friction that Carbo brings to the table.

    This team is playoff bound which is a totally different animal, baby Kostitsyn will struggle, Gorges will struggle, Breezer is a pass, Latter will be ineffective and the vets that are durable and battle tested will be worth double their weight. Higgy is a heart and soul player and will flourish in the playoffs.

    We need ALL the players ia positive frame of mind. Carbo can’t keep disrespecting them and then ask them perform.


  3. A. Berke says:

    Prey tell why Ryder, in 47 games he played (probably about 90% of them in Koivu’s first line) with an average TOI of almost 14 minutes (13:55), he has only 8 goals and 10 assits to his name?

    Why didn’t he use his “natural talent” so far?

    Instead of blaming the coach and the management, don’t you think it might be better to answer these questions first?

    No player and I repeat, NO player has the right to be given UNLIMITED special treatment just because he scored X number of goals in the past. It’s the team and not the players that are important. He does his assignment well, he plays more. It’s that simple.

    I would wish him well (as any other player who may depart and when they do so) but I wouldn’t miss the talent he has displayed this year.

    All Newfoundlanders out there, sorry to disappoint you.


    Ali B.

  4. Yeats says:

    I still think the mistake they made with Ryder is that they tried to turn him into a “responsible” two-way forward. Crap, you had a potential sniper and destroyed him. Nobody ever gave Lafleur an ounce of grief about his defensive play. His job was to put the puck in the damn net. Unlike others, I still remember the final game of the 06-07 season. When we needed a win on the road in TO to make the playoffs, Ryder came through with a hat trick. Has any Hab turned in a more memorable perfomance since that? I think not!

  5. Yeats says:

    What about poor Gummo? He always gets dissed!

  6. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    lets hope we can sink their ship fast….4-0 after the first.
    otherwise we are in for a long screaming night
    1. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev… his PRIME
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your’re not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”
    4. We will win the CUP in 2009

  7. Yeats says:

    Watch out. Koivu’s personal fan club is gonna be on you like stink on a skunk.

  8. VancouverHab says:

    I didn’t say that they are worth a bag of pucks. I said, who cares what happens to any two players if we are winning & winning big?

    Skill means diddly squat without production. Lots of guys are in the minors with more skill than NHL players, but they can’t produce at the top level.

    It’s mysticism to say that a player has some “quality” that means he should play even though he is not contributing. By that logic, Samsonov should be on our top line.

    I want the Habs to win the Stanley Cup, not make Higgins or Ryder happy. If they want to play on the top line: PRODUCE, DAMMIT!

    Good coaches pick lineups by performance, not reputation. Bad coaches coach the Canucks…..

  9. Chris says:

    One of the more ironic things I have noted about the Koivu line whenever I get a chance to see games is that despite Koivu being a playmaker and the smurfiest guy on the team, he was the ONLY guy on that line who would set up in front of goalies and try to screen during point shots. What the hell is up with that?

  10. mjames says:

    To borrow a phrase from your post – “Whatever !”
    Humm that sounds so polite don’t you think?


  11. mjames says:

    It is due to Carbo trying to match his lines. For instance at home if the visiting team puts out their best line then Carbo will counter with his shutdown line. That is why you see Smolinski starting sometimes. Smolinski and shut down in the same sentence is non sequitur.


  12. mjames says:

    Ryder and Higgins are superior in all respects to Smolinski , Kosto, Dandy, Begin as measured by goals, assists, shots, +/-. Please do not tell me that you think Smolinski and Dandy are carrying their weight. They, especially Smolinski, have had a free pass all season. It clearly appears that Ryder and Higgins are held to higher standard.


  13. mjames says:

    I care. These are good players. If you think Higgins who is number 4 or 5 in scoring on our team and Ryder are only worth a bag of pucks then you are a rather poor judge of talent. I know 29 other teams who would readly do that deal with you. It also appears there is one coach for the Canadiens that will do that deal.


  14. VancouverHab says:

    Complaining about Carbo? Uhhmm….the Habs are in elite position in the League; they have a winning goaltender (last-minute saves last night? Gamewinners); he has put together surely the most exciting & among the best lines in the NHL: he has the defense ….defending; they are winning at home & away.

    WHAT (*&!+_) more do you guys want? If it takes sitting Higgins & Ryder for all eternity — if it takes trading them both for a back of pucks– to get to the position we are now in (winning, home & away): who cares?


  15. Will Longlade says:

    I don’t see this happening. Chris Higgins is an integral component of B.G.’s long-term plan for the team. While he may not be performing up to everyone’s expectations (including his own) right now, he brings intangibles that are hard to replace. IMO he’s a very good two-way player right now w/lots of upside potential and excellent leadership skills.

    As for Hossa, I think his playoff record speaks for itself. The Habs don’t need that type of player unless they can obtain his services w/o giving up a roster player and you certainly don’t give up a player of Higgin’s calibre for him. Even then, it’s a risky proposition at best (judging on past performance) and it will reduce the team’s flexibility to sign its core players in the future (assuming they sign him to an extension).

    IMO, Ryder is sitting because they won’t be able to move him if he’s injured. I get the feeling that they are very close to consummating a deal for him. Calgary or Edmonton would be the obvious destinations although Anaheim is a possibility.

  16. coutNY says:

    Except the Wingers when on other lines haven’t seen any spike of productivity… and Sergie Kostitsyn did well for a while…

  17. joe-hab-nuno says:

    maybe Koivi is really missing his buddies Rivet and Souray

  18. joe-hab-nuno says:

    The experiment with evry player has occurred this year on Koivu’s line. Maybe it’s not the wingers on that line, maybe it’s the center.

  19. Rastaman says:

    here here! Give the man his due. He’s been pushing the right buttons all season.

  20. CBrady12 says:

    I dont think we can really keep on complaining about Carbo. I mean common, the team is one point behind first place. The reason Ryder doesnt play is because i dont know if youve notices but Kosto, Begin, etc actually provide things other than scoring. Hockey isn’t only about how man points you have. They hit, the defend well, they block shots, they dont get scored on, the dont make stupid turnovers, etc… It just amazes me that we can continue to criticize Carbo, the guy has taken a team most “experts” said would be in the basement of the east and brought them within one win of the TOP of the conference

  21. krob1000 says:

    If 19 games is a season I guess. I ran with the “season” part of the comment my mistake.

  22. CBrady12 says:

    Just because your line starts the game doesnt make it the teams first line. The first line is usually your best offensive line, the second is the second best scoring line, the third is usually your shut down line and the fourth is the go out there and hope we don’t get scored on line.

  23. downeast hab says:

    Are you sure about Carbo

  24. mjames says:

    I am completely flummoxed by Carbo’s latest moves. I really disagree with this. I know Higgins and Ryder may not be playing up to expectations but look at some of the other players for God’s sake. Higgins is one of your “A’s”. We are going to disaffect Higgins just as we have already disaffected Ryder. Ryder’s stats are superior to those of Smolinski, Kosto, Dandy, Begin, Lapierre, etc. yet Ryder sits. What gives Carbo????

    I knew these recent months were too good to be true. Carbo is trying to self destruct and take the team with him. He had three scoring lines when Smolinski and Begin were injured. As soon as they come back he messes with the lines. Now he has one offensive line and three of “I don’t know what”. Higgins is not going to score with Dandy. Dandy has hands of stone and really no offensive ability . What is Smolinksi going to do except allow goals.

    I am really really bummed by Carbo’s moves. I refuse to cut this dolt any slack . Remember Carbo saw fit to bench AK46 at the beginning of the year. This kid is now showing his stuff but I really believe his growth was retarded by Carbo’s mishandling. The same can be said for a lot of other players on this team (i.e Lapierre, Ryder, Higgins, Gorges). I am sure there are others but I am too steamed to think of them. This team wins despite Carbo’s goof ball moves.


  25. habsgod says:

    hab-professor i agree totally with you!!the refs are going to help them all they can to win this game!!because they know that they’ll get embarassed by us too!and with it being on national t.v. they’re going to do all they can to help them beat us!!i also agree that they get away with tons and tons of stuff!the can hook,hold trip slash,highstick(sundin)to komisarek and no call!interfere the the goaltender(sundin again)on carey price the last game!and get away with this!we just have to stay disciplined and stay out of the box!they will whine and cry that the refs are picking on them and then the refs will turn a blind eye and let them do what they want to help them win!!that’s how they beat us most of the time!i still think we’ll win 6-2

  26. Rugger says:

    Thanks, I can never remember that one!

  27. HabsInBlood says:


    Now we just need to figure out who the 2nd line wingers are???

  28. Rugger says:

    I’ve always thought it was silly to label the lines 1-4. Let’s start calling them Groucho, Harpo, Chico and the other line.

  29. Shobud says:

    How do you guys put numbers on the lines.. Half the time its Smolinski’s line that starts the game.. So thats the first line in those games

  30. 24 Cups says:

    I realize this is unrelated to this thread but Phaneuf just signed for 6 years at $6.5 mil a year. (he’s 22 years old). This ties him for third with NHL defensemen in salary with only Chara and Lidstrom ahead of him. (Redden and Jovanovski also make 6.5 and then there’s Niedermayer).

    TSN also stated that Forsberg has told a few teams (including Detroit) that he will not sign with them which narrows it down to Philly and Colorado. Ottawa and Vancouver are also still in the running to a certain degree.

    The Original 24 Cups

  31. downeast hab says:

    Maybe if Ryder was a hometown boy, he would be in the same class as landress or dandy. and float along.

  32. JF says:

    Gainey indicated last week that he wasn’t planning any big-name deals. He may still try and deal Ryder, but I doubt Higgins is going anywhere.

  33. Ed says:

    He has been benched for 7 of 54 games, or 13%. His ice time is 13:55 per game, not 15-20 minutes as you say. How can a player stay in game shape while not playing regularly? As for Dandenault, he has played approximately 100 minutes less than Ryder, but is -10, while Ryder is -4. Everybody has a role to play, except Ryder who will probably never suit up again with the Habs.

  34. 24 Cups says:

    The whole Ryder situation has been discussed from every angle but surely if the team wanted to give him one more chance to really light it up then that would have to be against the Lousy Leafs. It’s a game against a bottom feeder; a team that displays poor defense and below average goaltending. It’s not like we’re playing Detroit. If they can’t start him tomorrow in a best case scenario then it would appear that all is lost.

    The Original 24 Cups

  35. Hockey11 says:

    Last nite Dandy/Max/Latter out played Smoke/Begin/Kosto by a mile. They drew 2 penalties that resulted in two goals. They took no penalties. Smokes line took two penalties. Maxy line had more jump and more chances. Why does Dandy have to hit people? No one else does except 6 once in a while? His speed creates problems for the other team, he has 7 goals, what more do you want? How many goals do any of the other forward shave that don’t play PP? Plenty of playoff experience and VERY strong defensively. OK, throw the +/- thing at me. His rookie center is now in the AHL, if you play on a line that doesn’t score the +/- creeps up on you. Different players each nite, playing vs the top lines. Show mw the blunders that the other players make, I don’t see them frm Dandy, he is a solid decision maker.

  36. Odie Clegorn says:

    Did Ryder tick off upper mangement with his last game hat trick against the Loafs last season? Was there a 30 goal bonus that clicked in with that performance? Maybe the cash came out of Carbo’s pocket and he’s been peeved ever since…but Ryder has certainly been screwed royally since then. I wish him well and look forward to seeing him paired with a playmaking center and a coach who will utilize and maximize his goal scoring talents while overlooking his “defensive” shortcomings. I loathe the Bruins but would love to see Ryder on Marc Savard’s wing and Claude Julien’s powerplay.
    I remember reading a quote from Scotty Bowman many many years ago when he said something along the lines that, “…anyone can be taught to play defensive hockey but pure and natural goal scoring talent is a gift…” In this case Bowman was referring to Lafleur and how right he was. Now Ryder is no Lafleur but he is a natural goal scorer and why he had to improve his plus/minus is a mystery to me; but then again Bowman knew how to use the gifts of all his players so that the team benefited. Carbonneau is no Bowman and for that matter neither is Lemaire…good luck Micheal Ryder.

  37. TC says:

    Carbonneau for the immortal Jim Montgomery. Right up there with the worst trades in Canadiens history.


  38. bidds55 says:

    I suspect Chris Higgins will soon be moved as part of a deal that inludes Ryder. Not based on any fact, other than that if we are going to go after Hossa, Jokinen, or anyone else of real value, we will have to move more than Ryder, and a prospect. I like Higgins, and I think it would be a loss to the team long term, but I really get the feeling that he is the only thing we have in terms of a current roster player, who has legitimate trade value, that we can afford to move, with the least disruption to the team right now.

  39. Ed says:

    For once I agree with you re. Ryder will be gone soon. He is not wanted in Montreal, and I hope he does well wherever he goes. Boston would probably be the best fit, as he has played with Claude Julien in Hull, Hamilton and Montreal. He was 2nd in team scoring as a rookie with Julien, and was a +10. If he goes before the deadline, he still has the option to sign as a UFA with Boston. Would it not be good to see him play against our Habs at least 8 times next year?

  40. TC says:

    Michael Ryder has played in 47 games this year. He has amassed this total while playing for the most part with Saku Koivu and Chris Higgins. He has averaged 15-20 minutes per game and spent significant time on the power play during the first 30 games of the season.

    Mathieu Dandenault has played in 49 games this year. He has amassed this total while playing for the most part with Steve Begin, Brian Smolinski, and Tom Kostopolous. He has averaged 8-10 minutes a game with no time on the power play all season.

    Ryder 8 goals.
    Dandenault 7 goals.


  41. The Teacher says:

    So far all you’ve done today is squawk hyperbole. Where are your facts?

    Fact of the matter is…

    Habs #2

    AHL’s # 1

  42. nick says:

    Same here. I was pretty disappointed when they broke it up. Koivu was playing really well with these two guys… hopefully this will get something going again.

  43. Blitzen says:

    Koivu, Lats and SKoz played together not that long ago and it worked out well. Not sure why that line was broken up.

  44. TC says:

    Lafleur’s last year with the Canadiens was 1984/85 where he scored only 2 goals in 19 games. This followed a playoff the spring before where he failed to score a goal in the Habs 13 playoff games.


  45. HKisses says:

    Carey Price will start in goal on Thursday when the Canadiens host the Toronto Maple Leafs. Price is 3-0 against Toronto this season. While Guy Carbonneau did not tip his hand to the line combinations, Saku Koivu practiced with Guillaume Latendresse and Sergei Kostitsyn, while Michael Ryder was plugged in with the line of Steve Begin, Bryan Smolinski and Tom Kostopoulos. Chris Higgins played with Maxim Lapierre and Mathieu Dandenault.

    A. Kostitsyn – Plekanec – Kovalev
    Latendresse – Koivu – S. Kostitsyn
    Begin – Smolinski – Kostopoulos
    Higgins – Lapierre – Dandenault
    Markov – Komisarek
    Gorges – Streit
    Bouillon – Brisebois

  46. krob1000 says:

    In Guy’s last year as a Hab he still scored 30 goals and had 40 assists…despite his limited role….he got screwed bigtime….as is Ryder.

  47. TC says:

    Unfortunately, for Ryder, live by the sword, die by the sword. Michael Ryder is a pure goal scorer, it’s what made him successful in the NHL. He is lacking in most other areas (speed, defensive skills, etc …). Now, when he’s scoring regularly, you tend to overlook these faults, after all, the game is still won by who scores the most goals. However, when that one dimensional player isn’t putting the puck in the net, they quickly become a liability. Carbonneau, I believe, has given Ryder an ample opportunity to produce this year, but with the team in a battle near the top of the standings he can’t afford to wait on Ryder. Obviously, if Ryder continues to log a fair bit of ice time, and continues not to produce, at what point is he hurting the team, more than helping.

    Not that he’s in the same league, but I remember Lafleur’s last days as a Hab playing out in a similiar fashion. Struggling to score, Guy saw his ice time reduced, and combined with his inability to play on anything but instinct (and his aversion to playing a defence first type philosophy as espoused by his coach at the time; Jacques Lemaire), he began to look lost and out of place on the ice.

    Kind of how Ryder has looked this year.


  48. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    good article, good comments from BG and KOMI…we will go places with that attitude.
    1. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev… his PRIME
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your’re not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”
    4. We will win the CUP in 2009

  49. craz11 says:

    Higgins has 2 goals in the past MONTH. How is this helping a “good scoring team”?

    Comparatively in the same time frame, RYDER of all people has 4 goals. Do the math.

  50. N.B.habs fan says:

    guys take a break,no one said Ryder wasent playing .Carb knows what he is doing

  51. The Big O says:

    I don’t understand how Dandenault stays in this lineup…he’s a smooth skater, but brings nothing else to the table, no scoring, no physical play, no big hits, nothing but the ability to skate! I’d much rather have Ryder in there! A 85 goal scorer over 3 yrs will eventually hit the net, and i’d much rather take that chance than with a guy that can only skate!

  52. fun police says:

    i think they win in spite of bizarro carbo!!! laps turned the puck over three times in the third, he’s still there. lats, is lats (someone who apparently has great hands, yet gets almost as many chances as blake to score). now our fourth line is our third, and what good is higgins playing with laps and dandy? Dandy-freaken-nault????

  53. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    oh, so your saying kicking motions are potentially dangerous movements because of the blade and are disallowed in the crease area because of goalies or players being sprawled on the ice in goal mouth scramble situations.

    although that makes perfect sense i don’t think its the rationale behind the rule..its simply an OLD SCHOOL RULE that you can’t kick the puck in.

    but you can kick the puck as a pass, or clearing.

    as well what if you kick the puck from the slot and it somehow goes in the net…no goal.

    anyway I think its just because the leafs got the win thats driven my conspiracy theories to the surface!
    1. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev… his PRIME
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your’re not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”
    4. We will win the CUP in 2009

  54. coutNY says:

    Click here for a The Hockey News are article featuring Bob’s take on Komisarek!

  55. The Teacher says:

    Yes, we have a good scoring team, but if you don’t tweak you become stagnant. It’s a long season and some people need jump-starts right now.

    Perhaps Dandy is there to play a role on the line. After all, he is a role-player!!

    P.S. I would have preferred Ryder in his place. But As the Carbo goes.

  56. fun police says:

    i agree. we are a better team with ryder in the line up than we are with dandy.

  57. The Teacher says:

    Yup, he is allowed to turn his skate to direct the puck. That rule was changed before last season if I’m not mistaken.

    Turning your skate to deflect to deflect the puck in does take talent. As opposed to kicking it, with less chances for injury as the poster below me said.

  58. fun police says:

    IDIOTIC!!!! why mess up a good thing? are we not winning? higgins on the fourth line is stupid, plain and simple. we are a good scoring team, why mess that up. bizarro carbo is showing up again. why put people, i.e. dandenault, in situations that he cannot succeed in. Idiotic.

  59. J.T. says:

    I can’t believe Mathieu Dandenault is now considered a better forward than Michael Ryder. I see no purpose in scratching Ryder. Ryder has 18 points in 47 games, and is a minus 4. Dandenault has 12 points in 49 games, and is a team-worst minus ten. He’s been largely invisible in many of the games he’s played. Unless a deal for Ryder is done and they don’t want to risk him getting hurt, this is just a pointless decision. I don’t like it. The other lines are fine though.

  60. krob1000 says:

    It is in fact legal PROF. I say we plant Lats’ pontoons on the post and keep it low. I think the logic is if a skate is one the ice it can’t hurt anyone (goalie…because they don’t seem to care unless it is a goal). I guess there are pileups and guys who dive into the crease area as well. Anyway I understand your frustration with that one it doesn’t seem right but it is.

  61. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    you mean turning the skate to direct the puck in is GOOD?
    it didn’t deflect off his skate, he actually turned the skate on purpose (obviously).

    to me thats the same as a kicking motion except your using the velocity
    of the puck, but the turning of the foot is the same as kicking…not a good rule.

    agreed, stay out of the box, then there are no excuses…recall what SPEZZA said, “you can’t win when the other team gets 8 pp and we get zero”…but to me thats a fixed match.

    1. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev… his PRIME
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your’re not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”
    4. We will win the CUP in 2009

  62. The Teacher says:

    You are allowed to direct the puck in. What you are not allowed to do is use a kicking motion to put it in.

    As for not winning. There are no excuses.

  63. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    same here, i’m not even bothering defending him anymore….I thought when he ripped that idiots neck off against the Islanders to defend Higgs, that he was back in the good books of CARB.

    BUT CARB is turning into a tree hugger, as Ryder’s been eating hotdogs since that GREAT TEAM PLAY.
    1. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev… his PRIME
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your’re not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”
    4. We will win the CUP in 2009

  64. krob1000 says:

    Someone on the other thread says teh Team990 says Ryder is sitting out……..if that is so then I’d expect to hear about a deal this week. He is and has played better tahn several other guys lately and………..forget it….Iam so sick of this issue.

  65. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    as down as the leafs are right now…we will be up against a brick wall because of the Toronto Refs/NHL syndicate.

    its a must win for the laffs, remember against ottawa, leafs had 8 powerplays, ottawa had ZERO.

    remember sundin DIRECTING THE PUCK IN with his skate..BLATANTLY! and they counted it!!!!!!!

    thats what we are up against…those unseen forces at work.

    otherwise YES it would be 4-0

    only thing holding true is yet again Toronto will face a BACKUP!
    now thats a FACT for that FACTIOD…disappeared?
    1. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev… his PRIME
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your’re not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”
    4. We will win the CUP in 2009

  66. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    there is no way the 3rd line is the 3rd…same for the 4th…those should be switched.

    and I agree with some….HIGGS-LAP-RYDER is the 3rd line


    SIMPLE!!!!! DO IT!!!!!! IT HAS WORKED!

    I’d like to see Ryder in against Toronto.
    1. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev… his PRIME
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your’re not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”
    4. We will win the CUP in 2009

  67. Vecs says:

    I wouldn’t have come up with it but I like lats on that line. He seems to get alot of junk goals when he’s with koivu. I’ll take them however we can get them.

  68. The Teacher says:

    Ryder not playing again….

    I have no problem with The first line. It’s worth a try.

    Lappy is a fore-checker who also goes into the corners. That might be the reason for pairing Higgins with him. He won’t have to get hammered all the time and it might free up some space for him. The line also provides some speed as well as having a in front of the net presence.

    Right now, 3 of our four lines has an in front of the net presence (AKost, Third line, and Lappy/Dandy), with the Koivu line being the sole unrepresentative line. Lats does not crash but perhaps his linemates will finally find a converter of nice passes.

    Now, for the previous 5 game stretch I had said I expected the Habs to get 8 points if they were a true contender. I also remarked that I thought they would get six or 7. The went 3-1-1-0 for a total of 7/10 points, which isn’t too shabby.

    For this next 5 game stretch against the Leafs,Senators, Panthers, Lightning, and Flyers, I expect them to get 8/10 points.

    We should dominate the Leafs. 4-0 is what I expect

  69. TC says:

    Sadly, it’s beginning to look as if Ryder has maybe played his last game with the Habs. Three consecutive healthy scratches and when Hamrlik and O’Byrne get back, you have to figure that Streit’s going to be moved up to forward.

    It’s funny how the roles have reversed. Last year, the Koivu-Higgins-Ryder line carried the team while Plekanec-Kovalev (and insert whomever you wish here) struggled mightily. For years we have been searching for a second line centre, ironically it appears that Koivu has now assumed that role.


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