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 Bégin.

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.

169 Comments

  1. 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.

    CARBO HAS NEVER BEEN A HEAD COACH IN AN NHL PLAYOFF GAME.

  2. 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.

    cheers.

    Ali B.

  3. 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!

  4. Yeats says:

    What about poor Gummo? He always gets dissed!

  5. 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…..at 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

  6. Yeats says:

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

  7. 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…..

  8. 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?

  9. mjames says:

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

    mjames

  10. 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.

    mjames

  11. 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.

    mjames

  12. 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.

    mjames

  13. 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?

    Geez…..

  14. 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.

  15. coutNY says:

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

  16. joe-hab-nuno says:

    maybe Koivi is really missing his buddies Rivet and Souray

  17. 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.

  18. Rastaman says:

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

  19. 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

  20. krob1000 says:

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

  21. 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.

  22. downeast hab says:

    Are you sure about Carbo

  23. 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.

    mjames

  24. 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

  25. Rugger says:

    Thanks, I can never remember that one!

  26. HabsInBlood says:

    Touche

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

  27. 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.

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. downeast hab says:

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

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. TC says:

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

    T.C.
    tc.denault@habsworld.net

  37. 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.

  38. 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?

  39. 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.

    T.C.
    tc.denault@habsworld.net

  40. 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

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

    T.C.
    tc.denault@habsworld.net

  44. 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
    ————————-
    Defence
    Markov – Komisarek
    Gorges – Streit
    Bouillon – Brisebois
    Goaltender
    Price

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

    T.C.
    tc.denault@habsworld.net

  47. 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…..at 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

  48. 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.

  49. N.B.habs fan says:

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

  50. 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!

  51. 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????

  52. 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…..at 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

  53. coutNY says:

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

  54. 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.

  55. fun police says:

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

  56. 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.

  57. 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.

  58. 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.

  59. 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.

  60. 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…..at 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

  61. 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.

  62. 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…..at 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

  63. 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.

  64. 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…..at 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

  65. 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

    KOVY-PLEK-KOSTYSR
    LAT-KOIVU-KOSTYJR
    HIG-LAP-RYDER
    DANDY-SMOKE-BEGIN/KOSTOP

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

    I’d like to see Ryder in against Toronto.
    ———
    1. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev…..at 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. 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.

  67. 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

  68. 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.

    T.C.
    tc.denault@habsworld.net

  69. 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.

  70. The Teacher says:

    Instrument

    Ian, if you put your cursor over a word that is underlined in red and right click on your mouse, a few different words should come up and give you a variety of words that could be used. That is another tool you can make use of to learn the correct way to spell a word.

  71. The Teacher says:

    You forgot the size issue ;)

  72. Shiloh says:

    Billy Tenderness better be a team player – he needs two good passes and a goalie on the ice to contribute.

  73. Ian G Cobb says:

    Thanks, I think you told me that before, i forgot but i won,t forget again. Great help

  74. Drew42 says:

    Yeah well the only problem is being out here in Vancouver when the games back home start, I’m still at work.

  75. habsgod says:

    ian i agree completely that line of kovalev,plekanec,and kostitsyn is the most exciting line we’ve had since lefleur,lemaire,and shutt!and they are a real joy to watch!i also think that the kpk line is the best and most exciting line in hockey!

  76. habitual says:

    a 5 minute major for rudess in a Porshe Cayene

  77. habitual says:

    I’m in Victoria so a long ride for a beer, even with right minded people such as yourself …

  78. Puck Bard says:

    Cobby;

    Settle down, this is the new NHL, nothing is certain. While I agree I couldn’t conceive of this team a year ago without Koivu, I’m not willing to predict anything beyond a month out.

  79. NLhabsfan says:

    If Ryder was to whine and cry like Dandenault….he would not be allowed to play any more.Carbo has his favorites….can’t ya see.Ryder is under contract and a UFA next year, and has to shut his mouth and take it.

  80. Ian G Cobb says:

    It was just so much fun to watch them, and your right we older fellas saw this stuff before. I hope the younger fans were watching. We use to see the game played like that before every game and both teams. Thank,s for all the rule changes and playing the game with speed and finesse again, NHL

  81. Ian G Cobb says:

    Yup, his favorites are the Montreal Canadians winning.

  82. Yeats says:

    That’s not fair my friend. I would put Ryder in the lineup ahead of Dandy any day of the week. And, there are a lot of people in the current lineup that I would put in the press box immediately, beginning with Koivu.

  83. Sulemaan says:

    Ian, it looks like ViaRail responded. I’ll let you take it from here my friend since you are one of the organizers. You know the expression, “I’ll set them up and you knock them down.”

    May I suggest, the key is to sell Via on the benefit. Not only will they make money that would otherwise be spent on airfare, etc. but they will also get exposure here, on Robert L’s blog and exposure in the Gazette if Mr.Stubbs/Hickey/Mio are so willing.

  84. Will Longlade says:

    Be careful what you wish for. Hossa is 4.5 years older than Higgins and prior to testing the free agency market or negotiating an extension with his existing or new team is 5.5 million dollars p.a. more expensive. Plus, Higgins possesses intangibles that Hossa doesn’t even come close to bringing to the table. Finally, Hossa has a history of being M.I.A. during the playoffs. During Atlanta’s early exit from the playoffs last year, he recorded a single point, was -6 and had a meagre 10 shots on goal in four games. A true dynamo? IMO, not even close.

    The Habs already have their fair share of dynamic players who play the game with passion and aplomb. Hockey is above all a team sport. You do need dynamic players to win championships, but they have to be the right dynamic players and they have to be surrounded by the right supporting cast. Team chemistry is another important consideration that can’t be overlooked. With Higgins, I’m pretty sure the Hab’s have it, w/o him, I’m pretty sure they’re not as strong in that department. Signing a player of Hossa’s ilk to an extension would also limit the team’s flexibility to resign its core players in the future.

    Higgins may be on the fourth line for a temporary stint. The fact that he may be moved there doesn’t affect his value to the team. Carbo is trying to help him out of his slump. I’m confident he’ll be giving the Bud’s defence all they handle tomorrow night.

  85. habsgod says:

    YEAH IT IS IAN …………i agree we older fans seen the very best habs teams and players like lafleur ,robinson and gainey these young fans would have been in awe if they got to see these gentlemen play!!we are lucky ian because we both can say that we seen our fair share of stanley cups!!when some of these younger fans finally expierence this …………well it ‘s absolutely awesome!Especially giving it to the laffs fans!but that is why that kpk line is fun to watch it makes you think of the 1970’s line of lafleur,lemaire and shutt!

  86. Shiloh says:

    Guess who I’d sit out?

  87. nightmare_49 says:

    The Hamilton Dawgs beat the Lake Erie Monsters 2 to 1 in OT. Corey Locke converted a pass from Matt Deggon on a two on one for the winner. Eric Manlow scored the other deflecting a shot from Mathieu Carle as D’Agostini also assisted. Jaro Halak stopped 31 of 32 shots for the win. 1st star) Jaro Halak – 3rd star) Corey Locke. Halek was shakey early but really came on in the third period when it was needed. Kyle Chipchura was back from injury and Mikhail Grabovski will return Friday night for the Dawgs.

  88. The Teacher says:

    Haha EVERYBODY knows ;)

  89. Ed says:

    You beat me to it. It’s great to see Halak stop 31 of 32 shots after going so long without any actual real game competition. I believe it shows he has gone down to the AHL with the right attitude. Hopefully, this kid will get the chance to actually play somewhere in the NHL next year. After playing well for us last year, it’s hard to believe he could go over a year between starts.

  90. nightmare_49 says:

    You got that right , Ed.

  91. Ed says:

    I thought it would be interesting to see what was written about Craig Rivet’s benching last year, and how close it was to the trade deadline. It was over a month before the deadline, and before he got pneumonia. This story in the Gazette also talked about Kovalev. What a difference a year makes. He was definitely a different player last year. Jacques Demers felt strongly about both players.

    http://72.14.205.104/search?q=cache:Ts9bw9ERUngJ:www.canada.com/topics/sports/hockey/canadiensstory.html%3Fid%3D576b8fda-c259-4be1-9ff6-79d971ee8aae%26k%3D76518+craig+rivet+benched&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1

  92. J Haul says:

    Hossa has 35 points in 55 playoff games. Not up to his high scoring standard, but nothing wrong with that at all. Saying “Hossa has never ever played well in playoffs”, isn’t being entirely truthful, or at least ill-informed.

    source: http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app?service=page&page=PlayerDetail&playerId=8466148&tab=crst

  93. the_vipah says:

    If you’ve ever watched him in the playoffs you’d see that his points are usually when the game is decided. He is a soft, worthless player. Thats the truth.

  94. jew4jah says:

    it’s times like these i really miss watchin’ the habs with the boys back home in montreal.
    (then i look at the weather reports from quebec & ontario and i smile, ian. i smile)

    well, tomorrow afternoon, i’ll be watchin the game with a couple of leafs fans. and we really better win or else i’ll be eating crow for a while.

  95. T-roy West says:

    If we were able to obtain a Jokinen type player for the first line and a Shea Weber type player on defence then I think other teams would have a hard time stopping us from winning the cup.

  96. T-roy West says:

    I don’t think Hossa is the type of player that we need for the Koivu line. The Koivu line would still be to small if Higgins gets taken off it. The only way it might work is if Latendresse stays on the Koivu line and Higgins and S. Kostitsyn gets put on the third line but I’m just guessing.

  97. Hockey11 says:

    You want Ryder in a checking and defending role? Makes no sense, Ryder need to be on the first or second line like Higgins. Max Dandy X are a checking line designed to forecheck the crap out of the other team and play against their skill line. Ryder and Gui can’t do it, a fourth line of Gui Ryder and Laps do what?

    Our offense comes from line 1 and 2 and the PP, theyse are the big minute players, I don’t understand how you think playing Ryder or Gui in this role would work?

    Dandy has more 5 on 5 goals than Koivu or Ryder, what more do you want him to do in his 10 minutes of ice time?

  98. habsguy says:

    geez it was my poker night and I must have missed seeing the habs slip into last place over all…sure seems that with all the trade talk ..

  99. T-roy West says:

    They don’t have to be them players, but players like them. I was just making a point to how close and how far away we are to winning the cup!

  100. Scott in Montreal says:

    Dropping Higgins down to that fourth line means he probably won’t see much of Kaberle all night. Also, balancing out the scoring threat against such a weak D should all but nullify the home ice advantage of last line change. Antropov will still be out too, so we really just have to worry about Sundin wanting to show off to the scouts. But if Ryder can’t make the line-up after Lapierre barely showed up against Ottawa… that just speaks volumes about where he flies on the Habs’ radar right now.

    As for Koivu’s problems this year, I think we should cut him some slack as long as the team is doing well. Higgins has failed to connect on at least 10 (if not 20) fabulous scoring chances this year and no other winger has been able to finish for Saku consistently all season. When the captain feels he has to do more than usual to make up for his line mates, bad things usually happen, such as bone-headed offensive-zone penalties. That’s why most of his points are coming on the PP I think. But really, Koivu is not the problem. Come on.

  101. T-roy West says:

    I realize it my sound negative but I assure you I’m definately not being negative. I think we are doing awesome compared to last year and I think we can do some damage this year but we won’t go far with only one scoring line. We need to get to the next level because lets be realistic, if Heatly and Alfredsson were playing last night then we most likely would not have one, agreed? We have to have two good scoring lines and I can’t see the player to go on the Koivu line as being a player from this team.

  102. T-roy West says:

    I thought I read somewhere were it said that Antropov would be playing tomorrow but I might be wrong.

  103. Scott in Montreal says:

    He still has one more game to sit out on his three-game suspension by my count. They announced the suspension on Feb. 1 and TO has only played two games since then:

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/teams/schedule/?hubname=nhl-maple_leafs
    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/teams/news_story/?ID=228658&hubname=nhl-maple_leafs

    Even more on the plus side, McCabe should be back in the line-up. He usually can be counted on to pot at least one goal for the Habs when we play against him.

  104. Will Longlade says:

    I agree 100%. See my post below. IMO, B.G. is much too smart to move a roster player of Higgin’s calibre in that type of deal. Hossa is an overpaid prima donna. As a GM in the new NHL you have to be able to manage your assets. Higgins provides excellent value for money. Hossa wouldn’t. End of story.

  105. habsguy says:

    Higgins is the guy who a month ago YOU had pegged as being the next captain !!!!!……LOLOLOL…now you want to trade him…how fickel…

  106. Drew42 says:

    Yeah, I think I’ll be heading home from work a bit early to catch the whole of the game lol

  107. habsguy says:

    3 posts and you called me “habsidot”, “mustardman”, “liar”, loser, and “armour hotdog” LOL, whatever that is….Thats pretty witty!!

  108. mrstewart61 says:

    18 others players were chosen before Getzlaf, including Fleury, Zherdev, Vanek, Hugh Jessiman, Nilsson, Bernier, Eric Fehr. I’d prefer Getzlaf over all of them, he’s the type of player we could use. We didn’t chose him, but I’m not complaining about Kostitsyn. We picked Price over Brule, so we’re even.

  109. mrstewart61 says:

    I mentioned recently that maybe d’Agostini or Milroy should get a chance on Koivu’s line. Maybe we don’t need a trade. Another thing I’ve posted several times is that I think Koivu and Higgins shouldn’t be on the same line as they play similar games. They both need a finisher on their line.

  110. gfunkdoc says:

    I hope that is sarcasm. Remember that Fresh Prince episode where the family sees the tape of Jeffrey cheating in the olympics? They call him the ‘shame of a nation (England).’ Well Nickelback is one of ours.

  111. gfunkdoc says:

    Hossa and Spezza are not any better than Ryder?!?!?

  112. G-Man says:

    Halak and Ryder are probably not going anywhere. Even with only 6 weeks left in the season, Ryder’s lack of production makes him too expensive. Do you really see Florida giving up Jokinen for Halak and Ryder? You’d have to be buts and there haven’t been that many nuts acting as GMs since that Courtnall for Kordic trade.
    The goalie market has gone south. We can sign Huet for the same money or less unless he takes the Habs to the finals.
    Dream all you want, but I don’t see any moves for a top player. Other teams don’t just give these guys away. There are always teams in the market, looking to improve their cap situation or the team, but I don’t see any Lecavaliers or Crosbys available. Problems are traded away for the other team’s problems.
    Bottom line? Be happy with what the Habs have right now, because they are not going to improve with a trade. Unless there is a nutty GM out there who wants to have his pocket picked. :)

    Gilbert

  113. gfunkdoc says:

    I totally agree. If Gainey makes any trades they will be minor and involve someone like Dandenault or Ryder. In order to trade for a high profile player they’d have to lose one or two of the young, promising players. What’s the point of trading guys like Higgins? Montréal has a bright future. Why throw that away to take one big swing at it this year? Why not see what these guys can do in the playoffs?

  114. The Teacher says:

    The only reason I wish Getzlaf was on our team is so that we would actually be talking about a player on the Habs. But I digress.

  115. Chris says:

    Based on his OHL play, D’Agostini would not mesh at all with Koivu. He’s a dangler, a la Ribeiro, who needs the puck on his stick in order to be effective. He rarely goes in front of the net, and is not physical at all. And having never scored 30 goals in a single season, he’s not a scorer either.

  116. Ed says:

    cournoyer, who is this fellow Tee you are always talking about? I know a Jimmy Tee, but he’s too old to play in the NHL. Years ago, when Canada first played the Russians, and the games were basically on the radio, this old guy said there is one player on the Russians who is really good. He said he is all over the ice. His name wasn’t Kozlov, Kharlamov, or Tikanov; it was faceoff. Groan.

  117. Ian G Cobb says:

    Your absolutely right JACK. Any team in this league can beat any other if one of them take off a period. Or tries to float. These guys are pros.in this league, if you think you can take a shift at less than 100% your going to find yourself behind and playing catchup.!

  118. Will Longlade says:

    A pace of just over half a point a game in the playoffs is hard to get excited about. IMO, it doesn’t come close to justifying the coin he is getting paid. And besides, it’s what’s he’s done lately that really counts and drives his value. One point, -6 and a meagre 10 shots on goals in Atlanta’s early exit from the playoffs last year.

  119. Ian G Cobb says:

    A fella like him would take to long to buy into the total package and ruin the chemistry. That is why Bob won’t be bringing in here any ringers, we are developing our own. Getzlaf and many others are very gifted skilled players. But there diminour does not fit this TEAM concept. We only draft and develop people that mentally can adjust to our philosophy.

  120. jack waisberg says:

    As a LOOOONG standing fan of Les boys,And supersttious one it vexes me to read about how we’ll just take the 2 points from the Leafs,and of course with all the hacks reminding us that Price has NOT lost to the Leafs.
    As bad as they have been of late and were really spanked on Saturday night
    They always can rise to the occasion against the Habs.Les boys will have to play hard and for the full 60 min.
    GO HABS

  121. Shiloh says:

    And LaSlowesse just keeps rolling along. He gets caught from behind by Luke Richardson and ……gets promoted!! What has he got on them?

  122. nightmare_49 says:

    I’m been harping about this for awhile and finally it happened , they split up Saku and Higgy. Did you noticed how mucn they fed Sergie K. last night , NO , cuz they both try to do too much with the puck and disregard their line mates. They had to be broken up and work things out with different mates and possibly a little different role. As stated before we started to be a force when we split them up before and why they were put back together is beyond me.

  123. jew4jah says:

    whatever he’s got, it appears breezeby’s got a piece too

  124. slamtherimtim says:

    so true

  125. Ian G Cobb says:

    Bang on G-MAN, were sticking with what we got.

    bang g man, get it?? Sorry now that i read it , its not that funny!!

  126. Yeats says:

    Lats has the pictures, but the Breezer has salted away the negatives!

  127. Ian G Cobb says:

    Size! and he is just a kid learning.

  128. habitual says:

    I have just returned to the West Coast from watching three Habs home games, against the Islanders, Rangers, and Senators. Here are some observations that come from the difference in watching live vs. televised games:

    Kovalev is even better live. Of course he is a great passer and dangler. What I hadn’t been able to see well on TV was his ability to control the pace of the game. If he wants it to speed it up, he can. But when he wants to hold onto the puck outside the blue line to give Pleks and Andre time to catch up, he finds a holding pattern and then off they go. And you really notice how little room there often is to work with on the ice, making his ability to find the open man and make those great passes truly impressive. If you don’t admire Kovalev, then you must be a bowling fan.

    The chemistry on the KPK line is mostly between Kovalev and Plekanek. Andre is good now and will be better next year, but right now those two make their plays look choreographed.

    The Habs reputation for being a great passing team is well deserved. None of the three teams they played passed anywhere near as well. Stretch passes from the goal line to the opposition’s blue line, tic-tack-toe coming out of their own end, or sharp passing in the opposition’s end. Yes, Heatlie and Alfredsson did not play on Tuesday, but I’m speaking to what I saw, not what was missing.

    When they skated, the Habs dominated. In the games against the Rangers and the Senators they took their feet off the throttle, and nearly paid twice for it. But in each game when they skated like they could their team speed is impressive. They drew penalties early and were clearly superior.

    Some posters correctly lamented that the Habs stopped skating in the last two games. The silver lining is, they got into trouble because they stopped skating, not because other teams could outskate them. Why the distinction? Because you can’t turn a switch on that doesn’t exist. Fixing these lapses is easier than trying to fix team speed that isn’t there to begin with.

    I see Higgins is on the 4th line now. In each of the games Koivu’s line did produce scoring chances. Higgins does the spadework in the corners, Koivu is the play maker. I believe the trouble that they have had is that the line hasn’t had a consistent winger who can come close to finishing their work. We all know the Ryder story; Sergei is still learning the game but struggled getting the puck out in his own end and this too freighted the line’s ability in the games I saw.

    For those of you who have been hard on Latendress, yes he is no gazelle. But he has at least adequate speed, is strong in fighting for the puck along the boards and made some nice passes. He’ll score 20 goals this year – and for a guy who has spent much of his time on the third line that is more than ok.

    The people in Montreal are wonderfully warm and welcoming. Everyone accommodated my sad attempts at speaking French, and graciously switched to English the moment I said ‘bonjour.” And the fans at the Bell Centre LOVE hockey. They gave standing ovations for a good 20 second penalty kill shift! The atmosphere is fabulous and if you haven’t seen a game in person you must!

    This isn’t about live game observations, but for those going to the Bell Centre for autographs, the best time is before and after practice. Most players will stop for at least a few. Some, like Komisarek, Begin, Breezer (remember that when you are ragging on him) and the supposedly sullen Markov will stop before and after games. The worst two are Andre and Kovalev, who will not stop ever. In fact, Kovalev is downright irresponsible in driving far too quickly from the garage past people, over the sidewalk and onto the street.

  129. Moey says:

    Ryder was not producing, Koivu is in a funk, but the person that sticks out like a sore thumb to me is Higgins. He can’t handle a pass and when he does he shoots wild. I’m glad he’s moving to the fourth line, I really don’t know what the solution is for the Koivu line, but we really need another line that can score. I don’t believe that Saku has lost interest or he’s being out shined by Kovy, why now when the team really has a chance to go somewhere, this is what he’s been waiting for.

    Any ideas people?

  130. linp says:

    I support Carbo’s decision. For him, Ryder will not be with the team after the trade deadline. He is an UFA next year. Our team doesn’t need him to make the playoff. Carbo has to get prepare for the playoff. His move reflects what he is trying to do.
    Both Andrei Kostitsyn and Guillaume Latendresse are team player while Higgins thinks that he can do it by himself. Putting him on another line will let him see something different. Since Koivu’s line is not producing anyway, we have nothing to lose.

  131. jew4jah says:

    i’ve read a few posts from habs fans on the west coast. i’m out here in vancouver and would love to get a group together to watch a game one night (afternoon) at a pub or something. anyone?

  132. Hockey11 says:

    Latter needs to play on the first or second line, he is a finisher and not a great skater. If he can’t play on the first or second line he needs to play in Hamilton, he is very young, the press foreced him on the team so somebody needs to figure out what to do with him but he simply can’t defend against the oppositions top line. Souray was the same. We are winning game because he is no longer on the ice, it is that simple. They are those that can defend, there are those that can score, if you can do both you get 4 million a year. I like our bottom two lines most nites, when the top two score 5 v 5 we win. The PP is a constant.

  133. Ian G Cobb says:

    Beside the near fatal 3rd again, what we were treated to last night by our big line was pure hockey symphony. The world was awakened to what is coming in less than two more years. I sure hope you all saw the way the game use to be played.

  134. WestHab says:

    Well if anything this one great 4th line. Guy didn’t ask me but I agree with the line up changes. At least he has had the insight to get KPK togethor and it works, we need to aknowledge that.
    It’s incredebile how much we are winning with the likes of Koivu, Higgins and Ryder not producing. If we were given their present stats in October and nothing else we be guessing we’d be where toronto is now.

  135. Yeats says:

    You’d think that by now they would have moved on from the concept of numbering lines. Heck, when I was in high school from 1975-79, our couch always labelled lines according to who the centerman was.

  136. WestHab says:

    No real idea, but I’m hoping come playoff time (and we’ll be there)Koivu will see it as a fresh start and have a great playoff just like Kovy did the 2 years he was in them for us.

  137. sadave says:

    “Kovalev is downright irresponsible in driving far too quickly from the garage past people, over the sidewalk and onto the street.”

    **************************

    So, no dangling when he’s on his way home from the office . . . ;->

  138. Ian G Cobb says:

    I’m sure they will come if you do a table dance with your instrament. ( how do you spell that)

  139. The Teacher says:

    No it’s not, but it made me laugh nevertheless. :)

  140. Habitant-Kyle says:

    I love this move by the management.
    Halak will never get better. Trade him somewhere as a good back-up. Price may very well be the future of the Montreal Canadiens, all he needs is time and hopefully he will get more. Huet is a great goaltender but he needs a rest right now and it’s a perfect time to give Carey a work out.
    Even though I am not part of the team, I am guarantying a big win tonight. If it doesn’t happen I will lock myself in my apartment until the next Leafs/ Habs game. I hate the Leafs, go to grammar school, it’s the LEAVES not leafs.

  141. coutNY says:

    In the Eye of the Beholder? RDS reports HIGGINS-LAPIERRE-DANDENAULT was the 3rd trio??? what color was their shirts?

  142. JB says:

    From TSN: 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 Guillamue 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. – TSN

  143. Habs64 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.

    Calgary Hitmen forward Ryan White is the WHL and CHL player of the week!

  144. RH says:

    I’m intrigued at the prospect of how SK continues to develop with Latendresse. Moving forward, I think SK could be the key to making Latendresse the goal scorer he should be.

    Other than that though, I’m a little disappointed that Higgins is being dropped to the fourth line.

  145. ebk says:

    take dandenault off that line please and stick Ryder there. He is still one of the nine best forwards on this team. Even without him scoring as much as he has in the past.

  146. Corio says:

    I really hope Price is ready to stabilize his psychological game and show us what he can really do!

  147. krob1000 says:

    Was HAmrlik at practice or did he take the day off???

    I’d rather have seen Ryder with Sergei and Koivu but Lats has a bullet shot too so that is the next best combo in my opinion. I don’t know why we don’t reunite Laps with Higgy and Ryder but every single time I doubt the line combos they seem to do something crazy like all four lines score in one period,etc. I have learned my lesson. I just hope we either use or lose Ryder….this situation has been bothering me all year.

  148. coutNY says:

    Hamrlik was still out with the Flu… not allowed to infect others QUARNTEEN to his home.

  149. habs12345 says:

    i heard from a few reports here and there that habs are close to a deal with edmonton involving jared stoll & steve staios the other way ryder, with prospect/late pick

    also heard habs are looking at adam foote of columbus doubt that would happen though

  150. HABZ 24 says:

    great to see carey price back.he’s gunna shine tonight.trade ryder allready.he’s becoming an un needed distraction.

  151. krob1000 says:

    I wonder if they’ll let him out tomorow.

  152. coutNY says:

    We can only hope… we need his size against the Laffs or at least for the 1st 10 mins until they tire and are rendered worthless. McCabe possibly back in action also…
    http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/2008/02/05/mccabe_leafs/

  153. krob1000 says:

    People criticize Mccabe as if it is his fault overpaid him. He is a top four defenseman on any team not from Anaheim so he will definitely give the Laughs a boost.

  154. coutNY says:

    Win %
    With him 53%
    Without him 38%
    Total 46%

    Not overwhelming but I think his impact would be similar to that if Hamrlik were out for a period… except our win % be equivantly higher in each category relative to theirs.

    With him
    32-G 14-W 12-L 6-OTL 34pts out of a possible 64 = 53%
    Without him
    26-G 8-W 14-L 4-OTL 26pts out of a possible 52 = 38%

  155. Sulemaan says:

    The Habs in the upper echelon of the league much to the shock of everyone except die-hard fans and people are questioning the coach’s ability? Who would do a better job that isn’t under contract right now?

    Sorry but we need to give Carbo some credit here. I like Higgins (one of my favorite players) but he deserves to sit on the 4th line for a while. He hasn’t produced. And Carbo gave him every opportunity to deliver.

    I also believe it sends a message. If Ryder/Dandenault/Kostopolous/Begin can be healthy scratches, then Higgins can sit on the 4th line. At least it shows the players that Carbo is being fair. Whether you are a 30 goal scorer or wear an ‘A’ if you don’t work hard and produce, your playing time dwindles or you sit in the press box. End of story.

    Remember when Higgins used to drive to the net from the outside and cut in on the defenceman with regularity? When was the last time he did that? I can’t even remember when.

    Higgins will probably hit 20 goals this year and 50 points but he’s capable of more. A lot more. And the same goes for Koivu and Ryder.

  156. Ian G Cobb says:

    Sulemaan—Any VIA news, could you give a quick call please. (613) 968-9807 Now if you want, or I could call you if i get the # Thank you — IAN

  157. Ed says:

    I get the impression that Kostopoulos and Begin are supposed to be two of our better shut down guys, and penalty killers. However, both are -4 over the last 3 games, and the stats show that they are not our best penalty killers. The best penalty killers for GA per 60 minutes short handed are:
    Plekanec and Kovalev – 4.3
    Koivu and Higgins – 6.6
    Begin and Dandenault – 7.7
    Chipchura and Kostopoulos – 8.8
    Begin and Smolinski – 11.5

    Plekanec and Kovalev are good no matter where they play. Also, this shows that our best PK’ers are our offensive minded players. I was a bit surprised when I saw this.

    http://www.cs.unb.ca/~mwf/habs/sh.html

  158. mrstewart61 says:

    get rid of smolinski

  159. Richard B says:

    Hell,
    y not let Ryder play with Higgins and Lapierre…I am sure Smokes or Dandy can sit…oh…hang on now,
    how about Dandy on D where he belongs and let Breeze by sit.
    Carbo loves Breezer thats y!

  160. Chuck says:

    I swear that Carbonneau tweaks his lines just to give us something to talk about on the off days. :)

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    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  161. Yeats says:

    That would make a great comedy skit. I can see it now. It opens with Carbo reading a bunch of line-change posts. Exasperated, he finally get up and goes to the lineup board and says Poster X thinks this is a dumb decision. He hasn’t seen dumb yet. Not only am I going to play them together. I’m going to play five forwards on the PP and put those two on the points. I can’t wait to see him bust a vein in print tomorrow after tonight’s game!

  162. DYCSoccer17 says:

    Everyone is talking about how Waddell is scouting the Habs and that the Habs are interested in Hossa.

    The man that the Habs will receive from Atlanta is not Hossa, but Bobby Holik. Holik has the 2nd best faceoff win percentage in the NHL and is just a couple tenths of a point behind Brind-Amour for the league lead. He is a big, experienced veteran who would be an upgrade over Lapierre in the faceoff, size, and leadership department.

    He would be a downgrade to Lapierre’s speed, though.

  163. nightmare_49 says:

    DYC – Bobby Holik (UFA) is an overpaid veteran who has underacheived during his last contract but for a rental i’m sure Gainey will be considering him cuz of his size and a mean streak which the team lacks and his faceoff ability doesn’t hurt at all. Atlanta is still in the playoff race so this may make it difficult but the price should be right. Possibly could make Gainey’s short list if other moves fail.

  164. blnieder says:

    The first two months of the season Koivu was our leading scorer and hardest worker. Since then his performance has not been up to what we are used to. I have never seen him take so many penalties. It looks like he is frustrated or tired. Putting him with two youngsters Lats and SK may get him back to the Saku me all know and adore.Just like Kovalev has done with Pleks and AK.

    Chris Higgins put him at center, his natural position, put Begin on his left wing and Lapierre on his right wing. See what happens, they will smoke the opposition.

    Line 4 Smo at center Kosto at right wing and Dandy on left wing.

    If Ryder wants to play, force him to stand in front of the net like Holmstrom from Detroit, he should be able to score a number of goals off rebounds, that way he could contribute to the team.

    PS Don’t bother with any free agents, but if you could get your hands on Ollie from Florida, Saku would greatly appreciate it.

  165. Yeats says:

    Art mirrors life?

  166. ZepFan2 says:

    Hey, that may work.

  167. Sulemaan says:

    I’m sending an email to my contacts @ ViaRail now and cc’ing you on it.

  168. Ian G Cobb says:

    Thanks , my friend.


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